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Here’s what’s happening in February this Week

Feb. 16th
Makers Spotlight:  Stony Brook University’s Biomedical Engineering Student
Join us for our Maker Spotlight with students from the Biomedical Engineering Society at Stony Brook University. Biomedical engineers fix common health problems. Share your ideas to help ACL injuries or ways to help hands stay safe when cooking? Then, put electrodes on your strong arm, and wrestle with a friend. Let’s see how high you can move the lever.

Workshops will be held at 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm. First come first serve. RSVP is recommended to save a spot. Call 631-331-3277 to RSVP.

Feb. 17th
National Museum of Mathematics exhibits "Ring of Fire" and "Miles of Tiles" are at the Explorium! Last day of exhibition - March 24th, 2019.

We are OPEN to the public for Winter Break • Feb 18-22, 1 - 5 pm

Feb. 23rd
Potato Astronauts:  Design and test spacesuits for “Potato Astronauts” with Stony Brook University’s Geoscience Club.

Winter Break “Ala-Carte” STEAM Camps

Feb. 18th -22nd - Celebrate Engineering Week 2019 at the Explorium! Winter Break “Ala-Carte” STEAM Camps

By popular demand, we are offering FIVE days of our well-loved unique STEAM workshops! You can register for 1 or 2 or ALL 5 days.

There’s something for everyone of ALL ages and Every day is a unique experience!


Get 20% when you book 2 or more days OR register 2 or more children. Use code “multiday”.

Deadline for registration: Feb 13th.

MoMath Exhibits Coming to the Explorium for a Limited Time

Jan. 26th - The Long Island Explorium in Port Jefferson is proud to present two engaging MoMath exhibits: “Ring of Fire” and “Miles of Tiles,” in partnership with the National Museum of Mathematics.  The Exhibits are part of the "MoMath 2 Go: The Family Math Initiative" which aims to help families with children in preschool through second-grade become more comfortable talking about math. The partnership is sponsored by the Heising-Simons Foundation, which works to support sustainability, clean energy, human rights and the education young children.

In "Ring of Fire," children can touch the clear 3D shapes to make laser lights appear.  The ring of eye-safe laser light is invisible - until a visitor places a solid object in its path.  Then beautiful and surprising cross sections instantly appear: hexagons in a cube, parabolas in a cone, or contour maps on the surface of a hand.

“Miles of Tiles” allows kids to create with brightly colored magnetic shapes that can be combined in limitless ways to create a panorama of patterns and tessellations.

Additionally, the exhibit includes MoMath 2 Go “tip cards” that provide talking points for parents to communicate mathematics to their children more effectively.

Last day of exhibition - March 24th, 2019.

Who We Are

We strive to be a leader in STEM discovery, learning and innovation that will shape the intellect, social values and principles of future generations

We work to advance STEAM concepts that translate into skills to address social, economic and environmental issues.

Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire 2019

We’re gearing up for our 2019 Mini Maker Faire! We’re looking for Makers to showcase their creations and Volunteers to make the event a success.

The future belongs to the CURIOUS. The ones who are not afraid to TRY it, EXPLORE it, POKE at it, QUESTION it, and TURN it inside out. 


Constructivist Approach

Children are not empty vessels to be filled with knowledge by teachers; but rather continually constructing their own knowledge. Constructivist teaching invites learners to consider socially important, relevant challenges and endeavors.

Fail Forward

Failure is not a bad thing. It helps us to develop ‘GRIT’. Grit is a distinct combination of passion, resilience, determination, and focus that allows a person to maintain the discipline and optimism to persevere in their goals even in the face of discomfort, rejection, and a lack of visible progress for years, or even decades.

Play to Learn

Through play children can learn to make sense of the world around them. Play helps children to develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.


For Families and Children: 

Our curriculum, exhibits and educational approach are unique by design, developed to spark inventive solutions, build confidence by embracing the “fail forward” concept and foster teamwork through hands-on workshops and activities that pose challenges with multiple outcomes or solutions. Because of this focus on creativity and innovation, the Explorium is recognized as Long Island’s Family Maker Space, a place for families to play, create, build and grow together.

For Students: 

Our workshops are smart and fun! We nurture children’s thinking as they work to develop their own solutions to open-ended challenges. STEM workshops include evidence-based writing, career awareness, and civic engagement components. Our distinctive challenge-based programs are built on New York State Science Learning Standards, New York State English Language Arts and Mathermatics Learning Standards, and the National Core Arts Standards.

For Educators: 

The Maritime Explorium is a New York State certified provider of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education ( CTLE) credits. Our programs help inspire teachers to incorporate STEAM and constructivist approaches into their standards-based lessons. Teachers learn how to foster engagement of all learners through hands-on challenges that explore the engineering design process, encourage teamwork, and incorporate career and civic awareness.




Academic Year
Saturday and Sunday

1:00pm - 5:00pm

Closed Sunday, April 1, 2018

Open Spring Break April 2-6, 2018; 1-5 pm

(Other times by reservation)

Summer Hours end Sept 2nd 
Wednesday to Sunday

1:00pm - 5:00pm

(Other times by reservation)


$5 per person

Members and children under 1 are free

Field Trips

Hands-on Workshops for Young Scientists, Grades Pre-K to 6TH!

Birthday parties

A birthday they won't soon forget full of exciting, interactive activities.


Maritime Explorium has an abundance of maritime experiences for little explorers


Here's what's happening in February.

Regular Public Hours in effect.

Sat-Sun, 1 - 5 pm.

We are OPEN to the public for Winter Break • Feb 18-22, 1 - 5 pm

February 2nd - 3rd
The Long Island Explorium is proud to present exhibits from the Museum of Mathematics in NYC: “Ring of Fire” and “Miles of Tiles.” Don’t miss this 8 week traveling exhibits! Join us and create surprising lines with solid shapes at “Ring of Fire”. Create tantalizing tesselations at “Miles of Tiles”.  Limited Time engagement ends March 24th

February 9th -10th
Message in a Bottle:  Create a message in a bottle. Design a heartfelt note for someone you respect, appreciate, or value.

Feb. 16th -17th
Stony Brook University’s Biomedical Engineering students are back for the SECOND monthly STEM club! Stop by and check out the exciting investigation they have in store for us.

Feb. 23rd -24th
Potato Astronauts:  Design and test spacesuits for “Potato Astronauts” with Stony Brook University’s Geoscience Club.

Check out past events

January Events

Jan. 5th-6th: Let’s set things in motion using chemistry!
Become an oceanographer and discover how density is used to study the ocean by creating your own ocean in a lava lamp.

Jan. 12th-13th: Have fun with Ozobots!
Robots that you can code, create and play with in endless possibilities.

Jan. 19th-21st:  Dr. Martin Luther Jr. Day
In honor of this day, let’s create works of art that celebrate the beauty and diversity of each and everyone all weekend.

Jan. 21st, 9 am - 12 pm:  Special Art Camp with artist Amarilis Singh from Artelier
We will be exploring the possibilities of transforming paper into tri-dimensional forms to create a sculpture.

Jan. 26th -27th: Color Chromatography!
Discover the science of colors by finding hidden colors in water-soluble makers.

December Events

Dec. 8th-9th: Let’s Celebrate Light!
Explore patterns while creating a luminary to light your path.

Dec. 15th - Dec. 16th: Let’s Celebrate Snow!
Explore the science of snowflakes and make one to take home!

Dec. 22-23, Dec. 26-31: Let’s Celebrate the New Year!
NEW YEAR! Explore the principles of geometry and design your own Times Square Ball

November Events

Nov. 3rd-4th: How To Say “Communicate With Me” in nine languages!
Learn how nanotechnology is used in communication, explore the International Code of Signals, design your own code to use with friends and send messages!!

Nov. 3rd: Maker Spotlight
One of our favorite Makers is BACK! Ray Rumore of Ray's Robots will be at the Explorium on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1:30pm till 3pm. Come join him and build your own "Bristle Bot". While Supplies Last!

Nov. 3rd: Member Appreciation Day
All members are invited to come join us on Nov. 3rd from 10:30 am -12 noon. Come enjoy some Halloween fun and games, a bagel brunch and of course,all the Explorium has to offer. Come dressed in a costume and get a goody bag to go.

Nov. 10th-12th: Wanted: FBI Agents for Fingerprinting!
Use our materials to practice your skills in Forensic Science! Make all kinds of “prints” that are uniquely yours!

Nov. 17th-18th: Animal Tracks
Discover the “Animal Prints” of various animals as they leave their tracks when they gather their food for the winter! Create your own prints as you create their natural habitats!

Nov. 17th: Maker Spotlight
Come join us as we welcome special guests from Oceanswide on Sunday, Nov 18th at 1:30-3:30pm. Join Marine Archaeology Divers for an interactive activity and become marine archaeologists to discover what happened to the sunken ship many years ago. Let’s uncover some buried treasure!

Nov. 21st, 23rd-25th: Let’s Celebrate Nature!
Patterns, pattern, Patterns everywhere! Discover how nature beautifully illustrates the Fibonacci sequence. Have fun creating beautiful keepsakes using patterns from Nature.

October Events

Oct.6th-7th: National Space Week
We’re celebrating the United Nations National Space Week. Come join our special guests from The Cradle of Aviation from 1:30pm -3:30pm on Saturday Nov.6th. We’ll have exciting activities to learn how “Space Unites The World”

Oct.13th-14th: Earth Science Week
Let’s celebrate this year’s Earth Science Week with the theme of “Earth as Inspiration”. We’re going to discover the reasons why an earthquake happens. Do you know which earthquake happened on your birthday? Let’s find out!

Oct.20th-21st: National Chemistry Week
It’s National Chemistry Week- Chemistry is OUT of this World! As one of only 250 organizations nationwide to receive the National Informal Science Education Chemistry kits, let’s have some fun with wacky chemistry activities!

Oct.27th-28th : Halloween Week
We all have a favorite old t-shirt/s.Let’s create a fun bag to collect our favorite candies for Halloween and reuse our handmade bags ALL year round. Bring your own t-shirt.

Oct.27th: Member Appreciation Day
All members are invited to come join us on Oct.27th from 10:30 am -12 noon. Come enjoy some Halloween fun and games, a bagel brunch and of course,all the Explorium has to offer. Come dressed in a costume and get a goody bag to go.

September Events

Sept 8-9: What kind of house would a robot like to live in?
Come build a "house" for Vernie, our Lego robot to live and have fun in at the Explorium! I bet he would love a "rollercoaster" in his bedroom!

Sept 15-16: Sad summer is over?
Well, not at the Explorium! Come join us as we explore our beautiful Port Jefferson Harbor front and do some late summer gardening. Special exploration program on Sept 16th at 1:30pm and 3 pm. First come, first serve.

Sept 22-23: NO more straws!
Let's keep straws out of our landfill. We're going to "Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose" straws into creative inventions.

Sept 29-30: Come have fun with Little Bits!
Build a "Bubble Bot". Build your own bubble blowing contraptions while learning about circuits and invention! Let your imagination guide your next invention!

August Events

August 1-5: Are you having fun with your shadow like Moonbear?
Come join us as we investigate, play, and try to “scare” away our shadows!

August 8-12: Let’s have fun with that A in STEAM and create a “Masterpiece” using shore materials.
(Camp Week) Will you design and build a statue from natural materials, a collage of garbage that has no place on our beaches, a beautiful necklace out of shells? Or do you have another idea in mind?

August 15-19: Come and visit our beautiful native plant garden in full bloom.
Borrow an exploration “backpack” from the Explorium and be a ‘plant detective’!

August 22-26: Gone Fishing!
Make your own fishing pole with a magnet to lure and attract your own fish! How big a fish can you catch? What “bait” works best?

August 29- September 02: Bridge Building Using a variety of materials, design
Build a structure that spans our “river” and supports as much weight as possible!

July Events

July 5-8: It's "Patriotic Polymer" Time!
Make the perfect Patriotic Phlubber using the materials provided.

July 11-15: Green Engineering Challenge-
Design and Construct a Car using recycled Materials.

July 18-22: Bait Your Hook!
Design Bait that attracts fish.

July 25-29: Ships Ahoy!
Design a Rocky Shoreline with a Lighthouse to keep ships safe.

June Events

June 2-3: Explore the Mysteries of Our Planet Earth

June 2: Create Paper Mountains as you experience the dynamics of the pull of gravity.

June 3: Experience the Strong Protective Magnetic Field of our Planet Earth.

June 9: Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire
The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth! 10 am – 5 pm, Port Jefferson Village Center, Harborfront and Long Island Explorium.

June 10: Design and Create a Model to illustrate the different Phases of the Moon.

June 16-17: Happy Fathers Day!
Using a variety of materials, design ,create, and Launch a Rocket with your Dad!

June 23-24: Bug Houses!
Join us to design and construct Homes for Invertebrates using Native Plant Materials.

June 30, July 1:
Discover the Science behind Ice Cream as you Measure, Shake,and Taste your Ice Cream.

May Events

May 5-6: Exoplanet Transits
Design a Transit Method to assist NASA scientists’ search for distant planets.

Maker Spotlight!

May 5: Ray and his robot “ Volt”.
Teach kids to make their own Bristlebots

May 12-13: Message in a Bottle for A Special Woman in your Life
Write a Heartfelt message and place in a decorated bottle for a Keepsake for your Mother.

May 19-20: Space Telescope

Design, build, and test a tool to discover new discoveries to better understand the Universe.

May 26-27: Mars Rover
Program a Mars Rover to navigate and collect valuable information for NASA Scientists (good to match with a coding activity)

April Events

March 31 , CLOSED April 1: Recycle, Reuse, and Recreate with Water Bottles
Create exciting new uses for your water bottles as you Recycle, Reuse, and Recreate them into interesting new creations.

We are OPEN during Spring Break April 2-6. 1-5 pm ( Delayed opening on April 2 at 2 pm, due to the weather conditions)

Recycle, Reuse, and Recreate with Water Bottles
Create exciting new uses for your water bottles as you Recycle, Reuse, and Recreate them into interesting new creations.

April 7-8 Stomp Rockets
Create a Sounding Rocket and “Stomp” your Scientific Research questions into Space!

Maker Spotlight!
Join Aja Rose on Saturday, April 7th to see models and photographs of some of the equipment and activities used in the Apollo missions to the moon. View 7 minutes of terror, a short film about the landing of the Mars rover “Curiosity” and the seven minutes where the engineers and scientists watch to see if their many years of hard work and programming was successful in being able to land a rover on Mars. Then build your own lunar rover that can travel over rough terrain and carry a payload!

April 14-15: Become a Plant Detective with Our Native Plant Seed Collections
Join us and solve the mystery of growing Native Plants.

April 21-22: Celebrate EARTH DAY with us!
Create a Terrarium and a Biome to Observe the Water Cycle

Observe the water cycle in your own plant habitats!

April 28-29: Create a Butterfly Feeder using Recycled Keurig Cups
Explore various species of butterflies by creating your own butterfly feeder!

March Events

March 3-4: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Join us to create your own Green Oobleck to ooze through your fingers!

March 10-11: March Math Madness
Join us as we explore and investigate through Art the Mathematical findings of PI, Fibonacci, and Bernoulli!

Celebrate International Pi day this weekend with our “Makers in Residence”

March 10, 2pm: Dr. Moira Chas from SBU Math Dept as she explores the world of curves, crossings, surfaces and more.

March 11, 2 pm: Dr. Elana Reiser and her fabulous 3D Printed Interactive Math Fun

March 17-18: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Come to our Maker space to design and create Leprechaun traps! See how many Simple Machines you incorporate.

March 24-25: Celebrate World Water Day!
Join us as we design a Water Filtration System to clean dirty water!

We will have First Lego League teams showing off their 2018 Aqua Adventure Challenge or HydroDynamics challenge. We will see how their ideas conserve this valuable resource.

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