The Westchester Children’s Museum, housed in the North Bathhouse along Playland Beach and adjacent to Playland Park, announced today that it will be open seven days a week in response to visitor demand.
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 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 the museum on April 22-23 for Earthlings and May 6-7 for Maker May.
- New 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 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,” said Thomas Sullivan, executive director of the Westchester Children’s Museum. “Our new development and marketing director and administration and operations director will ensure the museum’s continued growth and vibrancy.”