Archive for November, 2009

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!