Thursday, October 23, 2014

Coming Soon to a Museum Near You!!

It’s my favorite time of the year here at the Science Museum of Long Island. I do love Summer, but Autumn brings so many wonderful things to the table. September always brings back schools for field trips, which is a part of our curriculum that is really near and dear to my heart. I can remember being a young lad, going out to various local museums and preserves and doing many of the same activities that we do here at SMLI.

Many parents are looking for a safe fun place to bring their kids this Halloween. If you’re one of them, then look no further. On October 31, we will be having our annual Halloween event. We had so much fun last year,  we tried to come up with new ways to make it bigger and better. We will of course have all the classics: Crafts, Creepy Critters, and Slime. We’ve even redesigned our spooky walk so that it is better than ever. And last but not least, we have a new attraction called The Spiders Lair! Come down to the basement to try to navigate through a webbed obstacle course (Mission Impossible style) and make it through to the other side. Real Spiders not included.

Also, to give a little shout out for the month of November, I want to plug our Afterschool programs a bit. November brings some great topics. The kindergarten program is called “On the Hunt” and they will be going on treasure hunts and learning about star navigation. The first and second graders will be solving mystery’s in a month called, “Who Did it?!?!” The third and fourth graders (the group I teach) will be making a simple machines that will work together to achieve a common goal. And the fifth and up group will be looking really small, by studying microbiology, a topic about all sorts of creatures invisible to the naked eye.

            My point is, there are some really exciting topics coming up, so sign up now and be a part of it. We look forward to seeing you!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I'M BACK!!!!

As some of you might have realized, I was not around during this year’s Summer Camp.  It was the first time in the nine years I have been at the Science Museum that I wasn’t working at camp.  I was actually out on Maternity Leave.  Over the summer I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.  And even though I loved being home with him for two months I did miss teaching at SMLI.

I have now returned from my leave and excited to be back during my favorite time of year, fall.  Being at the Science Museum during autumn is the best time to enjoy our 36 acre preserve, especially when you join one of our classes.  The after school programs during this month will be venturing out, since the weather is just perfect for learning outdoors.  Monday’s holiday program, Pioneering Spirit, will have the children out on the preserve for shelter building and campfire making.  Even our Halloween event on October 31st will bring guests outside for hayrides and a spooky walk in the woods followed by marshmallow roasting.  

Stop on by Leeds Pond Preserve to enjoy the sight of the leaves changing colors and to see the Museum get transformed into a Halloween haunted house.  While here, stop in to sign up for one of our many upcoming programs and also stop in to say hello.  I look forward to seeing all of our members I missed during the summer and of course would love to meet any new members who have now joined the Science Museum. 

Registration is now open for our Halloween Family Fun Party on October 31st from 6-8 PM.

Please give us a call today at (516) 627-9400 EXT. 10 to register.
Only $20/CHILD and $5/ADULT


Friday, October 3, 2014

Hello Fellow Scientists!!!!

Hello Fellow Scientists!!!!

Happy Fall everyone! SMLI finished up its annual summer camp program at the end of August, and my goodness did time fly! It was a wonderful summer and I think everyone, children and teachers included, had tons of fun. But now school is back in session, which means lots of things for us here at the museum.

At the end of last week we had our first Holiday Workshops of the season; Seas the Day and Amazing Autumn. If you didn’t know, even when school is closed, SMLI is open for young scientists. Children grades Nursery-7th can spend their day off with us doing all sorts of scientific experiments, activities, crafts and more. This year we started what will hopefully become a new tradition; pumpkin sling-shots! One of the teachers, Mr. Dan, worked hard building a sling-shot that the kids were able to use to shoot small pumpkins clear across SMLI’s field! It was a great surprise for the kids, and they became experts at using the sling-shot by the end of the day.

Speaking of pumpkins, Halloween is just around the corner! SMLI is already in full gear, preparing for our annual Family Halloween Event, which will be taking place on Halloween night this year! Families can expect lots of fun activities including; spooky animals, Halloween crafts, spooky walks through the woods, and more! Hope to see you there!

Registration is now open for our Halloween Family Fun Party on October 31st from 6-8 PM.

Please give us a call today at (516) 627-9400 EXT. 10 to register.
Only $20/CHILD and $5/ADULT


Friday, May 2, 2014

Animal Mania

On top of being a teacher here at the Science Museum of Long Island, I have the added privilege of being the animal caretaker. If you have pets of your own then you’ll know what I mean when I say that as you spend more and more time with remarkable animals you see how each and every one of them has their own unique personality. 

Now, the animals we have here aren’t just loved by the staff, they have the added bonus of being loved by children all across Long Island. Our animals are used in wide variety of classes, and it amazes me how kids will come back year after year and remember not only the types of animals that we have, but also their names. It’s not uncommon to hear a child say,” Oh! Oh! Do you still have Rudy? How’s Grover doing?” Rudy is our African Tortoise and Grover is our Blue Tongued Skink. Some schools come back year after year for our animal field trip programs, and it blows me away when kids will come knowing some of the things they will see because their older brother or sister came home from the program raving about the things they saw.

We try to keep a diverse set of animals so that they can be used in all sorts of programs. We have insects, spiders, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. But the mammals (our furry friends) may not be the mammals that you’re used to. Currently our roster of mammals includes a ferret, a rabbit, a hedgehog, and two chinchillas. They are all sweet and wonderful in their own unique way, and there really is no better way to start the morning then with little ferret kisses all over your nose.

So check out the rest of the website for a program so that you can come by and see the animals. We do Scout badges and school field trips year round, but one of the best ways is to sign up for Summer Camp. Summer Camp goes for eight weeks over the summer, with eight different topics. The best part is that you can pick and choose the weeks you want to go to. Some people try one, some go to all eight! There’s even one week completely devoted to animals, so sign up to today to see Rudy, Grover, and even more!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Family Kite Day Event

On Saturday, April 12th we held our first family membership event of the year.  The event was centered on Kite Flying.  When we picked the date we figured spring would be a lovely time of year to do this sort of event.  Unbeknown to us the date we picked actually coincided with National Kite Flying Month which runs from the end of March to the beginning of May.  The day also ended up being the beautiful spring day we were hoping for.

The Giordano family holding the Kite they won.
Families that attended were treated to a brief lesson on the history of kites and how they fly.  I was very impressed by how much some of the children really knew about how kites were used for science.  They were able to tell me about Benjamin Franklin using a kite to discover lightning as a type of electricity and the Wright Brothers using kites as a model for the first airplane.   

Each child received a kite that they could decorate and build to attempt to fly outside on our preserve plus an extra already designed one to fly at a later date.  Most families took advance of the spring-like temperatures and spent at least an hour outside taking their kite out for a whirl in the wind.  Everyone that I spoke to seemed to have a wonderful time at the event learning something new about kites and being able to take their own kites own to try at the park or preserve. 

If you are a member of the Science Museum of Long Island or looking to become one, keep checking our website and emails for another event coming later in the year.  The staff had such a great time at the Kite Flying Event with all of the families that we are hopefully looking to put another event together for some time around September. 


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring is Here!!

Hello Fellow Scientists!

The weather is finally starting to warm up, and butterfly season is here! Any former student of mine knows that I really love bugs, so of course I’m very excited that spring is finally here. Throughout the next few months, schools will be coming in to participate in our butterfly program. Students will learn how these amazing critters transform themselves from tiny caterpillars, to beautiful butterflies via metamorphosis.

Of course the best part of this program is the fact that all participants leave the class as new parents of an adorable caterpillar! What better way to learn about the life cycle of an animal than by caring for one of your own. Students will watch as their caterpillar grows each day, enters its chrysalis and emerges ten days later as a Painted Lady Butterfly.

Butterfly classes aren’t the only thing SMLI is preparing for though. Our next weeklong session of holiday programs is right around the corner! The week of April 14th-April 18th will be filled with outdoor adventures, shelter building, our annual egg-drop challenge, encounters with the museums animals and more. Parents can register their kids to attend any one (or even all!) of these programs, my personal favorite being our Buried Treasure program. Kids will learn navigation skills and work together using compasses to discover some hidden treasure! I hope to see you there!

If you are interested in attending any of our exciting holiday workshops next week simply give a call at (516) 627-9400 ext. 10 or visit our website at and submit a
program request form.

-       -Caitlin

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