Temple Children's Museum is a member of Museums for All. "Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to offer a signature access program that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits" (Museums for All).
So, what does this mean for you? Almost all events hosted and led by the Temple Children's Museum are free. In a situation where an event is not free any family receiving SNAP benefits still receives free admission to the museum, exhibit, or program.
More info on Museums for All can be found at: https://museums4all.org/
Every Third Thursday of the month you can join Temple Children's museum for a pop-up at Bird Creek Burgers. We bring an exhibit from the museum and set it up for children to have fun and play! Our next pop-up is this coming Thursday for 5-7pm!
KIDS EAT FREE WITH THE PURCHASE OF AN ADULT ENTREE
We hope to see you join us in the future for a Third Thursday at Bird Creek. Below are some photos from fun we have had at our Third Thursdays.
Play is essential for the development of Children. The American Academy of Pediatrics says "Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth." Play is so important that it is recognized as a human right for every child. Children are creative individuals who have great ideas for play. Often play is controlled by adults. Unfortunately, when play is controlled by adults children follow adults rules and guidelines and aren't as creative in their play. It is important to give children the tools and resources they need for play and then let them play on their own.
At Temple Children's Museum we make play a priority. All of our exhibits are created to give children an environment to explore, play, and be creative. Children can come to TCM events and play however they want. We believe in the importance of play and encourage children of all ages to work together in play to create something fun.
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Source: The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds, 2007, Kenneth R. Ginsburg and the Committee on Communications, and the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/119/1/182