Capt Scupper's Songfest Multiple Dates

Maritime-Themed Music, Movement, and Reading Children’s Program Returns to Museum

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is gearing up for another summer of family-friendly fun! On Saturday, June 15, the museum welcomes back Capt. Scupper’s Songfest: Maritime Music and Movement. These engaging events will take place at 10:30 a.m. on three Saturdays (additionally July 20 and August 17), with activities and curriculum designed for children up to 6 years old. Each session invites little ones and their caregivers to dive into classic maritime songs with 30 minutes of music and movement, followed by a period of discovery in the museum’s interactive “Port of Play.”

Ellen Kennedy, the NMGL’s Director of Museum Operations, expressed enthusiasm about the return of this popular event. “We are thrilled to welcome back Risa Beth Cohen from Sing into Reading as our lead instructor for the Songfest sessions,” said Kennedy. “Parents and children alike adore the blend of music, movement, literacy, and maritime themes. It’s a delightful way to introduce young minds to the wonders of the Great Lakes.”

Risa Beth Cohen, the Founder and Creative Director of Sing into Reading, brings her extensive experience in early childhood education to the program. Since earning her M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College, Cohen has specialized in music and movement education, enriching the lives of children across the country, including New York City public schools and West Side Montessori in Toledo.

Space for each session is limited to 20 children with their caregivers. Class is $5 for NMGL member children and $15 for non-members, which includes museum-only admission for one adult and one child. The program free to eligible participants of the Museums for All program. Due to limited capacity, early registration is highly recommended.

For more information and to register, please visit