Westchester Children's Museum Moves Full Steam Ahead, Driven by New Special Events, Programs, Exhibits, Birthday Parties, School Programs, and Staff.
The Westchester Children's Museum has expanded its operating hours to be open seven days a week to be more accessible and responsive to visitor demand and visitation patterns. The executive director Thomas Sullivan, appointed in October 2022, has implemented significant changes to enhance and expand the Museum experience, including new special events, programs, exhibits, educators, and staff. As a result, visitation has more than doubled, memberships have tripled, bookings for birthday parties have increased, and school field trip bookings are rising.
New Museum Special Events: Following the success of newly introduced themed programming such as With Love, WCM, and SlimeFest!, the Museum now offers monthly weekend programmatic events that include rotating Makerspace activities, Storytime, and special guest performances and educators. Join us on April 22-23 for Earthlings and May 6-7 for MakerMay.
New Museum Programs: Weekend visitors will enjoy special Storytime around themes like Women's History Month, Nature, Asian Pacific Islander Month, and Pride Month, offered thrice daily at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, & 2:30 pm. Weekday visitors will enjoy Museum Minis, a program designed for our youngest learners, offered twice at 11 am and 11:35 am on Wednesdays.
New Museum Exhibits: The museum is refreshing its visitor's favorite exhibits like Build Your Own Roller Coaster and Rigamajig, and installing new, vibrant exhibits, including the ClayMaker Space and Pool Noodle Pixel Wall, and is sprinkling in new experiences regularly, including WikkiStix, Cardboard Construction, Wooden Train Table, Clixo, and many other hands-on manipulatives.
New School Programs: Cool Comics, Forensic Fun, and Step Into Space are the Museum’s newest interactive, hands-on STEAM programs for 3-5th graders in classrooms, camps, community centers, fairs, and special events.
“Our new PlayWorkers, with their friendly faces & helping hands, are on the museum floor to support and enhance the visitor experience,” says Thomas Sullivan, Executive Director of the Westchester Children’s Museum. “Our new Development & Marketing Director and Administration & Operations Director will ensure the museum’s continued growth and vibrancy.”
About the Westchester Children’s Museum
The Westchester Children’s Museum is a light-filled, colorful, vibrant learning space for children aged 0-13 and their families, caregivers, and teachers, filled with unique and engaging interactive exhibits. The Museum offers experiential learning opportunities in physics, science, art, technology, and design, with places to create, build, and explore.
Housed in the National Historic Landmark North Bathhouse along the beach in Rye, NY, and adjacent to Playland Amusement Park, the Museum offers 20,000 square feet of space for a wide range of STEAM-based programs. The Museum strives to be a safe gathering space for all members of our diverse community where children can share, collaborate, problem-solve, and develop critical thinking skills. We are committed to stimulating a child’s lifelong intellectual and civic engagement in the world through relevant, creative, and interactive exhibits and programs.
Westchester Children’s Museum is open daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free for members. Join here https://www.discoverwcm.org/membership. Admission is $10 per person, $9 for seniors, and free for children under one. $3 per person with EBT & ID, Blue Star Museum.