Archive for April, 2008

Gak Recipe

Friday, April 11th, 2008

We teach a great class here called Slime, Goo, and Ooze.  Sometimes we even bring it to you!  Many parents and children have asked us how to make the gak at home.  It is very simple, so I thought I would share with you.  Have fun!  It makes for a great rainy day activity :) 

Gak Recipe   


  • Elmer’s glue
  • Water 
  • Borax (found in the laundry dept.)
  • Food coloring
    1. Mix the glue and water. Combine 2/3 cup of Elmer’s Glue and 1/2 cup of warm water in a small container or bowl.
    2. Add the food coloring. Choose your favorite color of food coloring and add it to the glue/water mixture. Stir.
    3. Mix the Borax and water. In a different container, combine 1/3 cup of hot water with 1/2 tablespoon of Borax.
    4. Combine the two containers. Add the contents of the two containers together and stir the mixture very well. You should begin to see the gak take form and solidify.
    5. Use your gak! Remember to store your gak in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.

    ~Miss Christie

Robots in Oceanside

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Curious Kids of Oceanside have completed their robot projects! After one session of learning about circuitry, motors, and remote controls, the kids built their robots. We spent the next week adding creative elements to change the way the robots look, move, and make noise. There were a mix of many kinds of robots… quiet ones, loud ones, wobbly robots, tall robots, monkeys, birds, aliens, superheroes and more. It was great to see how many ideas the kids had and watch as their visions came to life. Below are Alexandra Steig with her bird robot, and Caroline Steig with “Buttons.”Alex and her robot

Alex with her robot

Caroline and Buttons

Caroline and Buttons

-“Miss Melissa”

Map of 1526 N. Plandome Road (Museum entrance on Rockhollow Rd)

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

We’ve had a few requests for a map and directions on the website. Here’s a map you can refer to when you get near the property. The entrance to the museum is on the right, just after the bridge crossing where the Manhasset Bay and Leeds Pond meet. You can click “Get directions” within the map to get personalized directions, or “View Larger Map” below the image. For cars only (not busses due to low underpass): You can also come down Stonytown Road and make a right onto Gristmill Lane, then another right onto Papermill Road, then a left onto Rockhollow Road.  Be careful of oncoming traffic (it’s a narrow street).

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