Mary Molsky of Beaumont Middle School talks about the Gummy Bears Club, promoting random acts of kindness throughout Kentucky’s schools and how this is helping students with special needs better understand appropriate social skills. Karen Napier with Metro United Way discusses the high school drop out rate and nonprofits working to educate our children. On-Location stories include Kentucky’s children’s museum, the Explorium of Lexington, and Kentucky Child Now’s statewide Great Kids Summit initiative.
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/