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Celia LoPinto

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

The Board of Trustees and staff of the Science Museum of Long Island were saddened to hear of the passing of Celia Lo Pinto December 4, 2009.  Celia was a founder of the museum in 1963 and helped shepherd this institution from its humble beginnings from a room in the rear of a bakery in Roslyn to its current home at Leeds Pond Preserve.  The efforts of Celia and others have enabled us to pass on science to thousands of children, of which many are now practicing careers in the medical and physical science.

 Thank you Celia,
John Loret Ph.D. Dsc

December Holiday Workshops

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Children home for a week?

Do they need something fun to do?

Sign them up for our holiday workshops going on Monday through Thursday of next week.

Monday is Science Magic.  Learn the mystery behind some of our old favorites like Oobleck and the Glow Wall. Try out new and exciting color changing tricks.  At the end of the day bring some of the magic home with you to amaze your family.

Love animals?  Our Paws and Claws workshop on Tuesday is a perfect one to choose.  A wide variety of animals will be taken out for the children to learn about and touch.  They will meet such favorites as the tree frog, snake, turtle, chinchilla and rabbit as well as a newer addition to our animal family, the sugar glider.

If you can’t wait until summer to enjoy a carnival then come to Carnival Science on Wednesday.  Try your  hand at games that involve hitting targets, rolling balls and aiming at baskets.  Prizes will be awarded to all who play.  Use all the science secrets you will learn the next time you go to a carnival.

Before you ring in the New Year come to the museum Thursday for Rockin’ & Rollin’ Earth.  Learn how crystals form then take your own home to watch them grow.  Make an edible rock that demonstrates how the different types of rocks are formed.  Use the museum’s Smart Board to discover how volcanoes erupt.

All workshops are drop off only and run from 10am to 1pm.  Bring lunch for a 1/2 hour break.

We hope you will join us for a fun and exciting week of holiday workshops.

Scout troops invited to enjoy discount for January sleepovers

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

While the winter is not the optimal, sunny weather for beach walks and nature walks on the preserve, it is a very special time of year overlooking Manhasset Bay.  Especially when the snow has fallen, the property is turned into a magnificent winter wonderland.  There is still much outdoor and indoor activity to be enjoyed at SMLI on Leeds Pond, including a number of indoor scout badges.

We invite scout troops to enjoy a sizeable discount ($75 off the normal fee) if you book a sleepover to be taken in the month of January. You won’t regret it.

Please contact Rosemarie at 516 627 9400 ext 10 for further details.

Summer 2010 Wyoming Dino Dig

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Planning for SMLI’s Wyoming Dino Dig scheduled for August 21-28, 2010 is underway. I am very excited to be leading this expedition and hope that anyone interested in being a “dino hunter” will contact us for further details. Parents and students are invited to travel with us to the famed Wyoming Dinosaur Center and Dig Sites in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

The trip includes a comprehensive week long opportunity to “dig deep” (no pun intended) into the science of paleontology enrolled in CSI:Jurassic at the Wyoming Center. Participants will learn skills which will take them from the field to the lab.

Of course, there will be some less serious aspects of the trip such as visiting the World’s Largest Mineral Hot Spring at Hot Springs State Park. The hot mineral water will be very therapeutic for us parents after a day at the digsite.

Please check out our website for more info and do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to a fun and fascinating end to summer 2010 in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Reservations and deposits are currently due by January 1. Spaces are limited.

Ronni Reaves

Save 50% off School Program Fees in December

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The Science Museum of Long Island is in the holiday spirit of giving!  This year, a selection of school programs is available for 50% off during the month of December.  

Choose from:

Life Science Programs

  • Animal Adaptations
  • Endangered Species
  • Little Green Thumbs
  • Mammal Mania
  • Reptiles and Amphibians

Physical Science Programs

  • Buoyancy
  • Electricity
  • Good Vibrations
  • Kitchen Chemistry
  • Magnets
  • Measure Your Way
  • Scientific Method
  • Slime, Goo and Ooze
  • Stand by Me

Gifted Elementary, Middle and High School Programs

  • DNA Extraction
  • Fossil Record
  • Plastics & Polymers

Program fees for both field trips to the museum and outreaches to your school are 50% off.  For example, a field trip fee of $135 will be $67.50 during the month of December.  Outreach pricing for any of the above programs for repeated class sessions at your school will be altered as follows:

1 class session (available 1-3pm): $200  $100
2 class sessions: $300 $150
3 class sessions: $400 $200
4 class sessions: $500 $250
5 class sessions: $600 $300

 This promotion is subject to schedule availability.  We hope to see you at the museum or at your school soon!

Science Museum of Long Island Annual Meeting

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Science Museum of Long Island Members, Patrons, Children and Guests!   
Join our staff as we recognize this year’s outstanding young scientists:

Jeremy Kramer

Caroline Kramer

Guest Speaker: Granis Jane Stewart

Come take a virtual journey to the highland jungle of the upper Amazon in Peru with Explorers Club member and friend of the museum, Granis Jane Stewart, as she presents highlights of a recent trip spent exploring archaeological and cultural sites that are not commonly frequented by tourists. Vivid photographs will reveal sarcophaguses with mummy bundles still inside, perched on crevices in limestone cliffs for over 6 centuries; a two tiered waterfall 2,531 feet high that was only rediscovered in 2002; remains of an ancient fortress that is still being unearthed.

Children can enjoy making a holiday gift in our craft workshop.
Refreshments will be provided!

Please RSVP by November 26, 2009
(516) 627-9400 ext. 10
1526 North Plandome Road
Manhasset, NY 11030

Halloween Family Fun Party

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Over 100 people filled the haunted halls and spooky forest of the Goldman mansion on Friday, October 30th. The Science Museum’s Halloween Family Fun Party was back, and costumed trick-or-treaters were there to prove it.  After a two year hiatus, the staff at the Science Museum thought it was time to bring back the annual Halloween party, and boy were we right.  More than two weeks in advance, the event that was scheduled to cover the entire grounds with eight different activities was completely sold out.

Guests were greeted by Rosemarie in the mansion lobby, assigned to a group, and entered the Gallery adorned with cobwebs and spooky critters to color trick-or-treat bags.  In the Scientist’s Laboratory, Ghosts and Goblins made slime to take home with Mr. Dave.  Venturing outside into the brisk moonlit night, families walked through our cemetery forest with Miss Natalie the karate kid, and enjoyed a couple frights from student volunteers hidden in the woods, as well as Roberto and Frederick by the campfire.  To relax, everyone enjoyed a leisurely hayride with groundskeeper Joe, followed by fun cookie-decorating time with me, Miss Melissa the penguin. Harry Potters, detectives, princesses, and Mario Brothers enjoyed storytelling with Miss Jen the pirate, snacks given out by Jerry the pirate, and facepainting by our volunteer Supergirl Rosie.  Up on the second floor, Miss Christie the cowgirl showed our frightening tarantula, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and scorpion. Casper the snake and Matilda the sugarglider made an appearance, welcoming a pat on the back from friendly visitors as always.   For those that were brave enough, a haunted cavern in the Museum’s basement featured glowing skeletons, creepy coffins, bloody walls, and flying bats.

We want to express our gratitude to the many volunteers that helped make our event a success.  To the forest spooks, refreshment helpers, and our brave group leaders: Tim, Rich, Kasey, Philandow, Jessica, and Mike… Thanks for all of your help!    

In all of the excitement putting the event together setting up our stations, surprisingly no pictures were taken by staff. If anyone has pictures to contribute, please email me at  If you have any suggestions to make next year’s event even better, feel free to comment!

Member Appreciation Events kick-off: Movie by the Bay

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Earlier this year, staff at the Science Museum of Long Island thought long and hard about our members, the most loyal patrons of the Science Museum.  Our institution is dedicated to nurturing children’s interest in science through hands on learning and elevating science literacy, but can only do so with the help of the community.  Our programs run seven days a week because our members and the local community show support for our mission.  Year after year, schools, families and scouts register for programs, demonstrating their awareness of the value of SMLI’s mission… and now we want to show that we value you.

This past weekend, our brand new series of Member Appreciation Events commenced with a free “Movie by the Bay.”  SMLI staff and members gathered on the great lawn to view “Night at the Museum” while enjoying picnic dinners.  Dr. John Loret, Director of SMLI (pictured below) greeted guests as they entered museum grounds.  SMLI provided free bags of Doritos, Sun Chips, and freshly popped popcorn!  (I fully enjoyed my role as popcorn popper and flavorer, offering four types of popcorn to our hungry crowd. See below; I’m in the gray sweatshirt with the giant popper.)  Along with my faithful helpers, Jen and Jerry (also pictured below carrying Mallomars and blankets), we kept the popcorn popping all night long.  Overall, the night was a fun-filled success with dozens of families having a good old-fashioned time in the great outdoors, spending quality time with their loved ones… and their beloved Museum.

Stay tuned for the next three free member events: Members’ Annual Meeting in December, a World of Wines wine-tasting event in February, and Canoe the Coast in June.

Science at the Sid Jacobson JCC

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

For the past three years I have been bringing exciting after school science workshops from the Science Museum of Long Island to the Sid Jacobson JCC in Roslyn. The program runs 3:45 to 4:45 several days a week. On Monday and Thursday I meet with the kindergarten and first graders. Wednesday I meet with students in second grade and up. Monday and Thursdays class is called “SMILE for Science,” which covers a variety of science topics. This year we will explore such topics as volcanoes, animals, papermaking and so much more. Wednesday’s class is “It’s a Physical World.” Students will have the opportunity to go more in depth with project-based activities. In past years, we’ve built and launched rockets, as well as explored circuitry and created robots.

Each meeting is filled with both learning and fun. What makes our sessions so exciting is that the kids get to explore real objects and ideas with hands-on projects. At the end of each project, students have something to take home to remember their experience.

If you have questions regarding “SMILE for Science” or “It’s a Physical World” you can contact me at the Science Museum at (516) 627 – 9400 ext 14. If you are interested in registering for either of these after school programs held at the Sid Jacobson JCC you can contact them at (516) 484 – 1545.

Execution Rocks Lighthouse Tower Climb

Monday, July 20th, 2009

We will be having the tower climb on NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY, August 7th, 2009 for EXECUTION ROCKS LIGHTSTATION, NY
Friday, 10:00am at the Port Washington public boat dock a half a block north of Louie’s restaurant on Main Street!

Be there at 9:30am sharp please!

For reservations please call 215 906 5103

Must be able to climb a ladder from the boat. No children under 12.

$50.00 for the trip, half for the boat half as a donation for the lighthouse restoration fund.

Pack a lunch! The trip will last about 2 and a half hours!
Craig Morrison
215 906 5103