SMLI’s 10th Annual Gala

April 1st, 2009 by Melissa Kipp

The Science Museum of Long Island’s 10th Annual Gala on Friday, June 5 is approaching…

and you are invited to attend!  Click on the link below to see this year’s invitation flyer.



2009 SMLI Gala Invitation: Date, Time, Honorees



Response Card: Price, Contact, Payment


March 1st, 2009 by Melissa Kipp

The Science Museum is closed tomorrow, Monday March 2, 2009.
All classes, including nursery school, are cancelled.

(SMLI closes when Manhasset School District closes.)

“Philly group gets care of Execution Rocks Lighthouse”

February 5th, 2009 by Melissa Kipp

An article was published by Newsday celebrating the new partnership between SMLI and Historically Significant Structures.  After restoration is complete, teachers from SMLI will conduct science programs at the Execution Rocks Lighthouse.  Check it out!

Afterschool Workshop Cancelled

February 3rd, 2009 by Melissa Kipp

Today, February 3, 2009, Mr. Dave’s afterschool workshop (4-5 PM) is cancelled.  This class will be made up Tuesday, March 3, 2009.

Junior Explorers (1:00-2:30 PM) is still running.


The Science Museum is now a part of News 12 Closings and Delays, both online and on the television.  You may check here at the blog for closing information, or watch News 12 for “Science Museum of Long Island Nursery-Afterschool Programs.”


December 19th, 2008 by Melissa Kipp

The Science Museum is closed today, Friday December 19, 2008.
All classes, including nursery school, are cancelled.

(SMLI closes when Manhasset School District closes.)

After 3 Days of Rain…

December 12th, 2008 by Melissa Kipp

After 3 days of rain, the Science Museum staff walked down to the Manhasset Bay beach at high tide to check the damage. High tide was certainly higher than normal… the back beach and early part of the path we walk were completely submerged under more than a foot of water.

For those that know our beach, this video was taken just at the edge of where the steps typically meet sand, but today met water. Thank goodness for my galoshes!

After walking out and finding it impossible to go any further, it was time for me to turn back…

Miss Jen

Miss Melissa (on screen)
Mr. Dave and Miss Jenny (voices)

–”Miss Melissa”

Invitation to the Annual Meeting

November 26th, 2008 by Melissa Kipp

What:  SMLI Annual Meeting

When:  Sunday, December 7, 2008   2:00-4:00pm

Where:  Science Museum of Long Island

Who:  Members, friends, and anyone interested in learning more about SMLI

Why:  To celebrate another successful year at the Science Museum

Featuring Guest Presentation by: Seth Bloom of Bubble Mania


Introducing Seth and Bubble Mania!

Seth Bloom is a professional entertainer with 15 years experience performing in theaters, festivals, libraries, schools, private events and numerous countries around the globe.  He captivates kids of all ages with his love of bubbles, comedy, and making people laugh.  He has performed Bubblemania shows hundreds of times since 2006 to rave reviews in the NY Metropolitan Area.

 Please join us for fun and refreshments.

Geode Slices and Geology Fun at Oceanside

November 21st, 2008 by Melissa Kipp

This fall marks the fifth season I’ve brought several of the Science Museum’s programs and collections to the Curious Kids of Oceanside (Grades 1 through 7).  The Science Museum of Long Island has been taking programs to Oceanside for many years now, and we’re excited to see the program continue.  This season we explored a broad range of themes including the scientific method, grossology, geology, papermaking and endangered species.

One of the topics this semester included some of our rock samples and geology lessons.  We explored plate tectonics, as well as the difference between igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock.  After sharing one of the museum’s geodes with the class, many students had stories about their own rocks to tell.  One student, Sam, sent me this photograph of a geode slice he had at his house as well as an illustration he made. Here they are!


Sam’s Geode Photograph


Sam’s Illustration

Stay tuned Oceanside: You will be receiving your packet with new class topics in December. I hope to see you again this January!

- “Miss Melissa”

Miss Natalie is famous!

November 12th, 2008 by Melissa Kipp

One of Miss Natalie’s photographs was posted on the National Geographic website.

Nats pic of utah

Check out the image she caught of a double rainbow in Utah.  You can vote for it, and it could be published in the actual magazine!  If you would like us to post a picture of nature that you’ve taken here on our website, feel free to email it to

Career Opportunity

November 4th, 2008 by Dr. Loret

The Science Museum of Long Island has an opening for a full time teacher. Background in science and experience with children is necessary. Bachelor’s degree required. (Teaching certification not required.) Must have valid Driver’s License and transportation.

Highlights of full time teaching responsibilities and benefits:
• Teach in-house and outreach science programs
• Occasional cleaning and organizing of materials and supplies
• Assist in office paperwork
• Assist in training new staff
• Answer phone and relay messages
• 40 hours per week (max)
• Competitive salary
• Medical and Dental after 90 days
• 5 days vacation after 6 months, 10 days after 1 year
• 3 personal/sick days from start of employment

Must be willing to work occasional weekends. Weekend work is paid at a higher salary rate but will count towards full time hours (40).