EXPLORIUM CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Children’s Museums are the fastest growing type of museum in the country and are unique among museums for the large number of interactive exhibits and educational programming presented to visitors. Visitors engage in hands-on experiences that inspire a curiosity for learning.
In 1987, a group of inspired citizens presented the idea of a children’s museum to Lexington Mayor Scotty Baesler and future Mayor Pam Miller. With the assistance of Lord Cultural Resources, a consulting firm in Toronto, the city began serious planning for the Lexington Children’s Museum. The site selection committee considered several sites and chose the current location in Victorian Square. Since first opening its doors in 1990 the Museum has hosted over a million visitors.
Renamed Explorium of Lexington in 2005, the facility is a success with both children and adults. Attendance averages 85,000 visitors annually, and we serve an additional 10,000 with outreach activities in the community. Explorium serves a much broader area than just Fayette County. We have hosted guests from over 90 different Kentucky counties, most states, and even other countries.
Explorium focuses on enhancing growth and increasing awareness in the community of this great family learning environment. To further those efforts the current Mission Statement was adopted: The Explorium of Lexington creates a fun and dynamic hands-on learning environment that inspires imagination and curiosity. For more information, please visit their website at: http://explorium.com/
FRANKLIN COUNTY COUNCIL ON AGING Mission, History of Organization: The Franklin County Council on Aging aims to enable and empower the aging citizens of Frankfort and Franklin County, to maintain dignity and independence in their homes for as long as possible by providing opportunities for socialization, health promotion, benefits counseling, transportation services, recreation and exercise programs, adult day care, caregiver support, and nutritious meals.
Problem being Addressed: The Franklin County Council on Aging, Inc. (FCCOA) was established in 1966. Membership is open to any resident of Franklin County aged sixty and over or to those with a spouse 60 or older.
KIDS CANCER ALLIANCE Mission, History of Organization: The mission of Kids Cancer Alliance is to enhance the quality of life for kids with cancer and their families through camp, recreational, and support programs. Beginning with their first oncology camp in 1981, thousands of brave and amazing kids have found a reprieve from fighting cancer and a powerful alliance of support.
Over the years, they have expanded and created new programs to meet the needs of the families they serve. The Kids Cancer Alliance provides sibling and family programs, in-hospital and financial support, quarterly events and more. And thanks to their generous donors and volunteers, it’s all still absolutely free for everyone.
Problem being addressed:
While childhood cancer medical treatments have come a long way over the past 20 years, there is still a lack of emotional & psychosocial resources available to address the unique needs children faced with cancer experience. Many children with cancer are isolated from their peers due to immonosurpression, experience fear and anxiety related to their disease and treatment, and often don’t know how to express their feelings. At Indian Summer Camp The Kids Cancer Alliance aims to give children with cancer the opportunity to socialize with other children who know what they are experiencing, teach them healthy recreational activities to deal with stress, and give them a safe, loving place to express their feelings and to just have fun.
They want to provide children with a place where they can escape their illness and just be a kid again instead of a cancer patient.