Past Events, Fundraisers, Exhibit Openings
MAY WE ALL GROW UP TO BE CHILDREN
Opening for Special Exhibit, September 2018
Special exhibit featuring sumptuous illustrations and accompanying text drawn from the forthcoming book Arthur and Bun-Bun: Adventures with Tut launched its premiere showing at the Westchester Children’s Museum. We were delighted to welcome exhibit co-creators George H. Lewis and A.D Lubow. This exhibit marked the inauguration of the Lavan Family Art Gallery.
MUSEUM AFTER HOURS
January 20, 2017, 5:00 - 6:30pm
Visit the Museum after dark during our special extended hours program. Collage artist Michael Albert will be on hand to make special collage projects with our visitors. Regular admission applies.
WINTER LIGHT: An Art Exhibit Featuring Work by Michelle Sakhai
Opening December 21 through March 20
The beautiful, shimmering abstract paintings of Westchester-based artist Michelle Sakhai are a perfect companion to the winter season. Sakhai uses gold and silver leaf in her work to bring glitter and shimmer to the Museum's Art Gallery. Each irridescent piece offers an optical illusion - you will see something different in the color and imagery no matter where you stand.
Art Gallery: Christopher Brown Illustrations
Opening March 29, on view through May 30, 2017
Our gallery will be filled with fun, funny, and smart cartoons featuring the timely work of Westchester-based illustrator, Christopher Brown. Mr. Brown is best known for his work featured in the Journal News, but has also illustrated books and magazines throughout the country.
Look out for details about our Art Gallery programming including a weekend cartooning workshop led by Mr. Brown and an Adults Only Museum After Hours night where adults can play, enjoy cocktails and listen to the music of Mr. Brown’s Westchester famous Bookends Band.
SNOW PLAY AT THE MUSEUM
December 16, 5-6:30pm
Visit the Museum after dark for an indoor snow fight, snow play and other silly snow-themed activities.
Included with Museum admission
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10am - 4pm
A magical day of interactive play, discovery, and exploration for children and their adults!
Over 800 people attended
Proceeds from admissions to Explore-a-thon support ongoing education programming and operations.
5% Shopping Day at Whole Foods
September 7, 2016, 8am - 10pm
May thanks to all of you who did your grocery shopping at any Whole Foods Market Westchester on September 7, because 5% of your grocery bill will be donated to the Westchetser Children's Museum.
Whole Foods Market Westchester can be found in Port Chester, White Plains, or Yonkers. Keep this in mind for your big back-to-school shop...
The Doors are Open Celebration marked the official opening of Phase I of the Westchester Children's Museum, adding vital infrastructure to the Rye Playland Bathhouses transforming the historic landmark site into a year-round facility featuring 6,500 square feet of interactive, hands-on exhibits
Thank you for celebrating with us!
Ring in the New Year AND Benefit the Museum - December 31, 2015
For the 6th year in a row, New Roc City offered their festive ‘Ring in the New Year at Noon’ event for kids ages 2 – 10 in the atrium from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. This year's event supported the Westchester Children's Museum with a donation of $5 per every family of 4 that registered. More than $2,000 was donated to the Museum as a result. Thank you!
The 2014 Explore-a-thon on October 18, 2014 was a great success. Hundreds of children and families joined us for the museum's signature event.
Interactive stations included a touch tank, wind tunnel, Con Edison Pedal-a-watt bike, yarn sculpture, re-creation station, bubbles, Hitachi desktop electron microscope, magnets, nature collage, shadow play, and more!!
Visit us on Facebook to see more photos from the event.
2014 Annual Spring Gala
A record crowd of over 400 guests from all over Westchester gathered on May 9, 2014 in the historic North Bathhouse at Playland, raising an astounding $371,000 in a single night to benefit the Westchester Children's Museum.
This was the first event ever held inside the site of the future museum and guests were able to experience the scale and potential of the 22,000 square foot space overlooking the Long Island Sound.
We thank our many event sponsors and supporters, as well as the individuals and local businesses that contributed items for the silent auction. And we are incredibly grateful for the hard work of our Honorees, Event Chairs, and the dozens of volunteers who helped before, during, and after the event. We could not have had such a successful event without their tireless efforts on the Museum's behalf.
View more photos of the Construction Today, Creativity Tomorrow benefit, attended by over 400 supporters.
2013 Annual Spring Gala
Over 350 guests gathered on the evening of May 10, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains to attend the “Boardwalk Bound” annual spring gala, which raised nearly $200,000 for the Westchester Children’s Museum. For the first time, County Executive Rob Astorino attended to express publicly his support of the museum’s effort to open at Playland.
Honored that night were Lynn and Ray Quartararo of Rye, NY for their years of commitment to and support of the museum. Helen Williams, mother of actress and Advisory Board member Vanessa Williams, presented the Milton A. Williams, Jr. Scholars in Education Award to Dr. Barbara Peters, Superintendent of the Elmsford School District. The evening's emcee, Jené Luciani, TV personality, author, and Westchester resident, kept guests entertained.