- The Children's Museum of the East End (CMEE
) hosted its Second Annual 'Under the Sea' Family Fair to benefit the Museum with hosts Mariska Hargitay
and Peter Herman
last Saturday, July 24.
Two of the clowns pose for a picture.
Despite the staggering heat, which was only amplified by an outdoor tent, the event was a huge success. The entertainment varied from live music performed by The Little Maestros to Mario the Magician; from cupcake decorating to even pony rides. There was even an outdoor petting zoo that included ducks with haircuts resembling toupees and a llama whose haircut resembled that of a poodle.
The food alone made the event a delight; the event was catered by Peter Ambrose
of The Seafood Shop
, featuring an "Under the Sea Snack Bar" with chicken of the sea tenders, grilled shrimp skewers, mouthwatering watermelon, macaroni and cheese, pizza bites, mini-cheeseburgers and a variety of vegetarian options.
Children were able to engage in many activities, from Mermaid Dress-up by 'Let's Dress-Up,' run through obstacle courses, get their faces painted, have a go on the Hamptons Tumblebus, or get one of the friendly clowns to make them a balloon in a design of their choosing. And of course, there were many fun Carnival games and a Moonbounce.
Senator Kenneth P. LaValle
was also in attendance where he got the chance to strike a pose with Director Steve Long, Pirate Ryan O'Toole,
and Mermaid Lauren O'Toole.
CMEE began as a pilot project in 1997, and has been stirring the imaginations of children ever since. The interactive exhibits encourage learning about the East End with themes that include agriculture, fishing, world celebrations, and community.
Funds raised from the event will help support the year-round workshops, exhibits and performances at the Museum, with a special focus on pre-school programs, literacy classes, and community-based exhibits. CMEE serves over 40,000 children and families each year, making it one of the most visited museums of the East End.
For more information go to www.cmee.org
Museum Director Steve Long, Pirate Ryan O'Toole, Mermaid Lauren O'Toole and Senator LaValle.