When Playland opens for the season May 9, so too will 4,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on exhibit space at the Westchester Children’s Museum.
When Playland opens for the season May 9, so too will 4,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on exhibit space at the Westchester Children’s Museum. Among the enticements are exhibits exploring science, art, music, and nature plus places to build and play.
“This is it, the Westchester Children’s Museum is officially opening its doors,” said Corinne Zola, President of the Campaign. “And as our fundraising allows, we will continue to expand.”
Tracy R. Kay, WCM Executive Director, offered more good news: “Plans have been developed to add an additional 2,000 square feet of fun and make the museum a year-round destination beginning this fall.”
The phased exhibit plan allows the Museum to be flexible in its programming choices, said Kay. “In the time since our master plan was developed, Makerspaces have become one of the most exciting developments in the museum field, and we will be at the forefront by incorporating these environments and giving children a place to build or adapt objects by hand for the simple pleasure of figuring out how things work.”
The opening exhibits also include KEVA Planks, “which yield endless creative possibilities,” Sand Play, Build Your Own Rollercoaster (sponsored by Con Ed), Wind Tunnel, Shadow & Light, and Art Walls & Windows.
The support for the long-planned Museum reaches well beyond Rye. In addition to a steady stream of donations from individuals and corporations, Zola reports that the Wobble Café in Ossining, which recently won the Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest, will donate $10,000 of its prize money to the Children’s Museum.
In appreciation to the community for its unwavering support, the Museum is offering pay-what-you-wish admission over the summer. Daily hours of visitation will be posted on the Museum website, www.discoverWCM.org.