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Spring 2014 Events

Selected Saturdays, 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Feb. 8, Chinese New Year - Hai Ying Wang, Modern Languages Department
Celebrate our first event in 2014, the year of the horse. Participants will do Chinese New Year activities, listen to stories related to Spring Festival celebrations and make and taste dumplings.

Feb.22, The Incredible Journey of Water - Dr. Susan Stratton, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department
Children will roll large paper dice and learn where they (as water molecule) might go next, into a cloud, fall as rain into the ocean, or be in a drink of water that a Jaguar laps up. Other movement oriented water activities such as Creating a Thunderstorm and Water Visualization will also be shared during this presentation. The Cortland Dance Company will join us at 11 a.m. so that we can dance and move our bodies to music.

Mar. 1, Dinosaurs Galore! - Dr. Orvil White, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department
Join us to make your very own Dinosaur hand puppets, finger puppets or shadow puppets and explore dinosaur eggs. Children will treasure their own handmade puppet that they can bring home, and use to tell stories and to entertain family and friends.

Mar. 22, Staying Healthy and Being Active - Andrea Hart, registered dietitian nutritionist and New York State certified dietitian and Aaron Hart, SPARK Programs Development Director
Children will learn about the different food groups, various healthy choices and different ways to make healthy nutritious snacks at home. Children and adults will have an opportunity take part in creating a healthy snack. Children will also have an opportunity to participate in several different physical educational games and activities that are centered on staying active and healthy.

Mar. 29, Beautiful Butterflies - Elaine Sturges, early childhood professional and Project Wild facilitator
Children and adults will explore butterflies and discover their life cycle from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Activities will include: song and movement, butterfly stories, art projects and a variety of hands on butterfly materials.

Apr. 5, Painting From Books - Judith Schillo, Early Childhood/Childhood Education Department
Participants will explore the different painting styles of famous illustrators of children’s books. They will play with paint to create their own masterpieces that are easy and fun. Children and adults can make and take samples of their favorite styles.  

Apr. 12, Children’s Museum: Family Times – Early Childhood and Childhood Education teacher candidates
Cortland Country Office Building Gymnasium, 60 Central Ave.
Join us at Kidsville, Cortland’s Children’s fair, which celebrates the National Week of the Young Child.

Sunday, April 27 from 11 am to 3 pm, Cortland Blooms Festival - Patricia Roiger, Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department
This event is part of SUNY Cortland’s Green Days celebration formally called Sustainability Month. There will be activities related to the festival’s theme.


We are located in the SUNY Cortland Child Care Center, on the ground floor of the Education Building on Prospect Terrace. Entrance is to the right of the playground. Parking is available on the street or in the ASC paid lot. All events are FREE but donations are gladly accepted.

Children making craftsFor additional information contact Emilie Kudela at
607-753-5525 or Susan Stratton at 607-753-2467 or
email us at

Our Mission

The Children's Museum offers interactive, hands-on experiences in an environment where Cortland community members, including parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, college students, youth and young children can be inspired to play and learn together across a variety of topics and in many ways.