The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) announced that it has begun offering a weekly, family art program at its new location in Riverside.

Located at 271 Flanders Road, the space will be used by the Museum for enrichment programming while continuing to serve as a Long Island Head Start Preschool during the school day.

“We’re delighted that the Town of Southampton and Long Island Head Start have allowed us to establish a home in Riverside,” said Steve Long, the Museum’s President. “This location will allow us to serve even more families and ensure that all children—regardless of background or ability—have the ability to learn through play.”

After piloting a series of popular family programs at the offices of Riverside Rediscovered in 2015, museum administration quickly realized the need for a satellite in the hamlet. While the plan has gone through several iterations since initially proposed, the museum’s staff is thrilled with the outcome.

“I’ve long compared the search for a space in Riverside to Goldilocks…this one’s too big, this one’s too small. 271 Flanders Road, though, is just right,” said Liz Bard, the Museum’s Director of Education. “I’m eager to expand our outreach offerings and share the CMEE experience with even more families!”

The current program meets on Thursday nights from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. 

The Children’s Museum of the East End welcomes more than 75,000 visitors annually.  The museum opened in 2005 and has more than 7,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on exhibits, classrooms and performance space. 

CMEE’s mission is “to spark imagination and foster learning for children of all backgrounds and abilities and to build strong connections within the East End community by providing playful experiences.” For more information, visit or call 631.537.8250.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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