Brooklyn Children's Museum's 110th Birthday

We always write about Dumbo related items, but think our readers would be interested in hearing about the Brooklyn Children’s Museum fundraiser (thanks to all who emailed this in). It will be the museum’s 110th birthday! The Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first children’s museum in the world, and it first opened its’ doors to children and families on December 16, 1899. Now, 110 years later, the nationally recognized museum is celebrating with a Vaudevillian style birthday party. The 2010 Gala is co-chaired by Liz Frazer, Ellen Newman, and Lauren Wiener. It will be held on May 18, 2010 from 6-9pm at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, located at 145 Brookyn Avenue, New York, NY 11213.

A little history (courtesy of The Brooklyn Children’s Museum):
After re-opening in September 2008 upon the completion of a major expansion, the Museum has doubled its past attendance levels to 360,000 on-site visitors per year and increased its membership fivefold to over 5,000 households. At the same time, the economic climate has challenged us all. Despite this, the museum is dedicated to continuing the mission of serving children and families through this difficult time. All generous donations will help us continue to educate and inspire our future explorers, builders, inventors, and leaders.

About the 2010 Gala:
The Silver LEED certified, “green” museum will be transformed into a fantasy-filled vaudeville roving festival. Come see sizzling entertainers from Lady Circus, House of Yes, and Hula Halo, be mesmerized with unique up close magic by Ago the Magic Chef (magician), and satisfy your curiosity by hearing tales of your future by tarot card readers. These artists and others will be inviting gala guests to the once in a lifetime opportunity to go back in time and celebrate the history, curiosity and rebellious glamour of 1899. Guests will also sing happy birthday to the museum, enjoy drinks and festive fare as they explore the exhibit galleries, and test their luck at the “tricky tray” auction for items like tickets to Bill T. Jones’ Broadway Production of FELA, a Marc Jacobs handbag, Karma Kids Circus Yoga Classes, and more.

Who: Brooklyn Children’s Museum
What: Gala 2010 – Celebrating 110 Years of Service
When: Tuesday, May 18 from 6:00 – 9:00pm
Where: 145 Brooklyn Avenue (Corner of St. Mark’s Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11213

For tickets and more information about the gala, please contact Jennifer in the Development office at 718.735.4400, ext. 323 or jnottonson@brooklynkids.org. If you cannot attend the benefit, please consider making a donation for your support by going to brooklynkids.org/index.php/supporting/gala2010.