Examples of How Children's Museums are Making
Discovery Children's Museum (Baltimore, MD)
partners with an affiliate of the Kennedy Krieger
Institute, PACT: Helping Children with Special
Needs. All program evaluation families indicated
that their children are more social and are better
able to explore restaurants, stores and playgrounds
independently. Additionally, the museum is creating
a new dialogue with a Healthy Families/Healthy
Communities initiative with input from a Healthy
Advisory Committee comprised of representatives
from the city health department, Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health, University
of Maryland and local pediatricians, resulting
in a new exhibit about Healthy Choices in a Convenient
Touch Museum (Philadelphia, PA)
provides access to low-income families through
its Family Play Pass Program at local neighborhood
libraries and our First Wednesday $2.00 admission
Children's Museum of Greater Chicago (Glenview,
IL) developed an Early Childhood Connections
outreach program, in which the museum provides
elementary school teachers with innovative curriculum
and best practices for teaching using a project
approach. At the museum, programs and exhibits
nurtures a love of learning in young children
through play and providing an environment where
families can explore and learn together.
Through a comprehensive strategy
incorporating exhibits, programs, events and governance,
Discovery Museum of San Jose (CA) has
increased its attendance from the top 10 Latino
zip codes in our area by 20 percent. Additionally,
as part of a National Science Foundation grant,
Children's Discovery Museum with Randi Korn &
Associates, Inc., is conducting a State of the
Profession Survey about children's museums and
Children's Museum (FL) provides
a fun, safe, environment for families filled with
informal and formal learning.
Louisiana Children's Museum
is leading a few significant collaboration efforts
that will/are heightening the awareness of early
childhood development and its huge impact in our
community-growing and moving the potential gain
to the long term sustainable health of the community.
Children's Museum (Washington, DC)
is inspiring young people to care about and improve
the world by connecting kids with each other and
by creating opportunities for engagement.
at Art Children's Museum launched an
online ArtREACH toolkit that includes information
and suggested strategies that children's museums
can use to mobilize parents, homeless shelters,
school districts and other key community organizations
to develop a programs and programming for homeless
Museum of Manhattan (NY) developed
the "PlayWorks" exhibition, a child-sized,
whimsical environment in which children can feed
alphabet letters to a talking baby dragon, roll
balls on a ball run, play peek-a-boo or make music
with a laser harp. The museum also developed a
bilingual, online Guide for Families of Children
Children's Discovery Center (Honolulu)
has made an impact on the way parents, teachers
and children view learning and the importance
of early learning.
Children's Museum (MA) created the
KIDS @fterschool program. KIDS @fterschool presents
a full year of interdisciplinary activities within
a pedagogical framework that teaches educators
effective presentation skills, question-asking
strategies and other techniques by implementing
the activities with their students. KIDS @fterschool
is used in all 50 U.S. states and in eight countries
around the world. Additionally, the museum is
taking a leadership role in the city's school
readiness initiative with a new exhibit on school
readiness with parents are the target audience.
Museum of Pittsburgh (PA)
provides innovative museum experiences that inspire
curiosity, creativity and joy.
Island Children's Museum (Garden City, NY)
is currently developing the online Our Backyard
toolkit, which will include information on outdoor
exhibit design and materials, educational themes,
activity and component suggestions, potential
sources of materials, horticulture and climate
zone information, resources for gardening and
other support, and ideas and lesson plans for
National Museum of Play (Rochester, NY)
established a National Center
for the History of Electronic Games at the museum.
Children's Museum (Eagle River, WI)
developed a Fun with Fathers monthly program at
the museum that to promotes interaction between
fathers, grandfathers, and father-figures and
their children, as well as a chance to network
with other fathers.
Children's Museum (MN) membership has
exploded! Up from 575 households a year ago to
more than 1,200 serving 5,300 children and adults,
38 percent from financially stressed households!
Being a green museum,
Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast (Stuart,
focuses on outreach programs that are centered
around how to be a friend to the environment.
The museum is also striving to match a dollar
for dollar match of $5000,000 given to it by the
Langford Foundation, which will complete the Explorer
Wing and Spanish Galleon Exhibit for the museum.
The National Children's Museum (Halifax, United
Kingdom) is the only large scale
children's museum in the United Kingdom and has
been taking a key role of spreading the word locally,
nationally and regionally of how play and learning
make a lasting difference to children's lives.
Children's Museum (OR) created a Center
for Children's Learning, which provides original
research on how children respond to play environments,
sensory experiences and cognitive challenges.
Additionally, the museum inspiring educators and
families in our community to rethink public school
education by focusing on playful inquiry and creativity
at the heart of learning
Museum in Oak Lawn's (IL) learning
through play experiences are growing and anticipates
its new facility will be opening this summer!
The museum provide educational experiences based
on the Illinois Learning Standards making us a
true extension of differentiated classroom learning.
Discovery Museum (Normal, IL) runs
a Farmers' Market Foods Infusion Project, which
addresses two overarching needs - to support children's
emergent literacy with books and to connect families
to plentiful, healthy foods at the local farmers'
Children's Museum (IL) actively works
with the Marriott Bridges Program, The Chicago
Center for Health and Rehabilitation and the Mayor's
Office for People with Disabilities to recruit
volunteers for its Play for All program. People
with disabilities are involved with every facet
of Play for All planning, from serving as reviewers
on its Position Paper, to providing feedback on
exhibit design elements, to conducting staff training
and presenting programs.
State Discovery Museum (Cherry Hill, NJ)
provides an Open Arms Program for families with
children on the autism spectrum and encourages
other groups with disabilities to visit the museum
by hosting special days and field trips throughout
the year. During the school year the museum sees
up to 200 children a day through these field trips.
Discovery Museum (Chattanooga, TN)
partners with Oak Ridge National Lab and the Department
of Energy to teach children about alternative
Scientifically accurate dinosaur
puppets bring paleontology to life at the Natural
History Museum in Los Angeles (CA).
Its Education & Arts Roundtable has created
a Community of school, museum and arts educators.
Museum at La Habra (CA) has
grown from an exhibit-oriented space to a people-oriented
place. With new evaluation techniques, interactivity
beyond-the-gallery family programming, community-based
free days and a sense of duty to its members,
visitors and supporters, the museum has become
a dynamic and engaging haven. The museum received
recent national recognition with funding from
the National Endowment for the Arts and the EPA,
which helps confirm it's programs and exhibits
are at national standard.
With the opening of
EdVenture Children's Museum's
(Columbia, SC) new outdoor (enclosed)
nature exhibit, "Blooming Butterflies"
and its participation in "C3" (Communicating
Climate Change), the museum is reinforcing the
importance of understanding and preserving our
environment. EdVenture's goal is to provide children
with the opportunity to imagine, discover and
understand their world.
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