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Children's Museum of the East End

Children's Museum of the East End The Children's Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton is a great destination for indoor fun on the south fork. 

Children's Museum of the East End

The Children's Museum of the East End is nestled in the woods just off of the Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike. There is plenty of free parking. The first lot when you pull in leads to this boardwalk through the natural habitat of the area and is easy to navigate with a stroller. There is a second lot behind the museum that provides more direct access. Once you've gotten the stroller inside, however, you'll have to leave it behind. Strollers are not allowed on the museum floor.

Children's Museum of the East End

The first room off of the lobby is a dark bedroom with an imagination theme. Once inside the actual museum, it's mostly open space. The theme is a Main Street USA setup, with a series of storefronts that focus on different vocations. The above garden is intended for crawlers, with padded mats and a baby animal sound board.

Children's Museum of the East End

The eastern Long Island setting is exemplified by the large windmill and farmstand near the entrance. There is also a display that illustrates how potatoes get from the ground and are turned into potato chips. We're not big fans of fake foods in a public setting like this -- kids inevitably put them in their mouths.  Inside the windmill is a colorful space that features displays on wind power.

Children's Museum of the East End 

The Community Library display offers a whimsical reading space with large padded books to sit on and a nice selection of children's books to read. Good luck, however, getting your kids to sit still for story time when there is so much to explore nearby.

Children's Museum of the East End 

The giant ship's bow and mast are a major attraction for kids. There's a big steering wheel with a rocking floor to simulate the rolling seas. The deck provides a view of the whole museum -- so it's a good place to head if you've lost track of anyone. At the bottom of the stairs behind the boat is a magnetic fishing area that features many native species of fish. A series of touchscreens nearby feature educational programs about foreign cultures and a dressup area.

Children's Museum of the East End

The firehouse display features a large firetruck with flashing lights, a radio dispatching various tasks (someone's cat is stuck in a tree!), and an area for dressing up in fireman gear. Just outside this spot is a tree with percussive musical instruments on the outside and a display of critters that live in trees on the inside. There is also an art studio that is always open with projects for kids to work on and take home with them. Other vocational displays include an ice cream shop and a hardware store with blocks and a creative magnet board that simulates blueprints.

Children's Museum of the East End

In a special display area there is currently a science exhibit that examines the dynamics of waves and currents. This is a very hands-on space that lets kids use air hoses to create waves in water and shows the wave frequency projected on the floor (above). There is also a track to build cars with different shaped wheels and test them, tornado tunnels and a musical wave space.

Children's Museum of the East End

Outside, there is a cool maze where kids can run around and get to the middle where they'll find a windmill. The Museum also features an outdoor amphitheater where they stage shows and concerts. Check their website for a schedule of events.

The Children's Museum of the East End is a perfect spot when the weather prevents you from doing too much outside. There is plenty of space for kids to run around and exploration is encouraged. The design of the space will keep your kids within earshot without any danger of them wandering off somewhere. The restrooms are large and clean. The stroller restriction can be a struggle if you're carrying an infant, but you'll appreciate their absence when you're inside.

The only food available at the CMEE is from vending machines, so if you're making a day of it you may want to bring a picnic. There are many places to eat in nearby Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor, although not too many are child-friendly. 

The Children's Museum of the East End is open every day but Tuesday. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but they stay open until 7:30 p.m. on summer Fridays and open at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5 for kids under 12, adults pay $7. Infants under one are free. The museum is good for at least two hours of exploration and play, depending on your child's age and attention span.

The Children's Museum of the East End

Official site:  http://www.cmee.org/

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