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American Museum of Natural History
Eighteenth Annual Family Party

2011 Family Party Chairmen. Back row (left-right): Jessica Marinaccio, Romy E. Coquillette, Michaela J. Clary, Zibby Right, Ursula Leveille Corgan, Beth Kojima, Robin Roberts, Kim Lippmann
2011 Family Party Chairmen. Back row (left-right): Jessica Marinaccio, Romy E. Coquillette, Michaela J. Clary, Zibby Right, Ursula Leveille Corgan, Beth Kojima, Robin Roberts, Kim Lippmann. Front row (left-right): Laura Whitman, Karen Benfield, Joella Lykouretzos, Museum President Ellen V. Futter, Allison Mignone, Melissa Hawks, Michelle Marie Heinemann, Janet Boris.

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Approximately 1,000 children and parents participated in an evening of adventure throughout the American Museum of Natural History at the Eighteenth Annual Family Party, on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 5–7:30 pm. The Family Party, one of the Museum’s best-loved annual traditions, is a special opportunity for children and adults of all ages to experience the wonders and magic of the Museum. Guests were treated to an evening of fun activities in the Museum’s magnificent halls, including interactions with live animals, digging for dinosaur fossils, conducting fascinating experiments, experiencing simulated space travel, meeting with scientists, and much more.

Highlights included:

  • The ever-popular “Museum Science Center”—which showcases Museum scientists and their ongoing work through engaging, hands-on activities, including close encounters with leeches, snails, scorpions, and dart poison frogs.
  • Performances by the TV family band Laughing Pizza and magician “Magic Al”
  • Wacky Wendy’s Hat Factory’s cogs and wheels, which churned to create personalized hats
  • Digging for gems
  • and Cozy’s Cuts for Kids
The 2011 Family Party Chairmen were Hilary Addington, Diana Roesch DiMenna, Nina Garcia Conrod and David Conrod, Melissa and Carney Hawks, Kim and Greg Lippmann, Joella Lykouretzos, and Allison Mignone.

This year’s Family Party was generously supported by Tiffany & Co. Proceeds from the evening support the Museum’s educational and scientific programming.

Roberto Mignone, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees Lewis W. Bernard, Chairman Allison Mignone
Roberto Mignone, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees Lewis W. Bernard, Chairman Allison Mignone.

Chairman Joella Lykouretzos with husband John Lykouretzos and children
Chairman Joella Lykouretzos with husband John Lykouretzos and children.

Chairmen Diana DiMenna and Allison Mignone with children
Chairmen Diana DiMenna and Allison Mignone with children.

Chairmen Carney Hawks and Melissa Hawks with children
Chairmen Carney Hawks and Melissa Hawks with children.

Jackie Sackler (center) and friends
Jackie Sackler (center) and friends.

Chairman Allison Mignone with husband Roberto and family
Chairman Allison Mignone with husband Roberto and family.

Attendees get up close to the Herpetology table at the Museum’s Science Center
Attendees get up close to the Herpetology table at the Museum’s Science Center.

The Museum’s Associate Dean of Science Christopher Raxworthy show attendees a tortoise
The Museum’s Associate Dean of Science Christopher Raxworthy show attendees a tortoise.

Attendees get up close to a giant squid tentacle with Museum Graduate Student Sebastian Kvist and Curator Mark Siddall
Attendees get up close to a giant squid tentacle with Museum Graduate Student Sebastian Kvist and Curator Mark Siddall.

Photos: © AMNH/D. Finnin
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