EverWonder Children’s Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aiming to open a children’s museum in Newtown, will provide free programming from April through August at a temporary facility located at 31 Peck’s Lane. Exhibits and programming will be reflective of the offerings planned for the permanent museum, once constructed. Any funds raised since 12/ 14 are being used for materials and exhibit costs for this temporary space.
“We’ve had educators, artists, and other museums contact us asking how they can work with us to provide wonderful programs to Newtown children, but it began to be very difficult to coordinate so many opportunities without having a space that was consistently available for our use,” said Kristin Chiriatti, president of EverWonder Children’s Museum. “It became apparent that we would need to redirect our focus from our permanent home and look for a way to provide an immediate, meaningful impact on our community.”
The location will debut with a new, hands-on exhibit entitled “Cool Moves: The Artistry of Motion.” The exhibit, designed for children ages 5-12 and their families, includes interactive stations that invite visitors to discover the beauty of motion all around us. The exhibit will fill half of the temporary space, with the other half devoted to arts, science, and peace education programming.
“The museum is grateful for the support of local businesses such as TierONE and Craig Doersch Painting, who have helped to bring this small bit of EverWonder to the community,” remarked Ms Chiriatti.
Staffed solely by parent volunteers, the space is expected to be open on weekends only, with a grand opening event slated for Saturday, April 6. The latest schedule of programming and events can be found at www.EverWonderMuseum.org.
EverWonder Children’s Museum is an emerging children’s museum in Newtown, which programming and offerings to be aimed at children through the age of 12. It will be a place where children can learn about science, nature, and their general surroundings in a fun and playful environment.