Children’s Museum Of Houston Unveils $35 Million Expansion With Street Fest Grand Opening And Free Admission

February 23, 2009

The Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz, will commence the Grand Opening of its new building on March 14 with free admission, courtesy of Target. The Museum will present the result of its $35 million expansion with a Grand Opening Celebration beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a day-long street festival with activities and live performances.


Inside the new building, visitors can view an additional seven permanent, bilingual exhibits, including: Cyberchase – The Chase Is On! takes children on a virtual math adventure; FlowWorks explores fluid dynamics; Invention Convention encourages inventing and creative problem solving; Kidtropolis, USA promotes financial literacy and civic engagement; Matter Factory investigates materials science and nanotechnology; PowerPlay gets kids active; and Tot*Spot is a interactive exhibit designed for children three years and younger.


The museum has doubled in size to an 90,000 square feet.  The expansion developed out of a necessity to accommodate the more than 750,000 families who visit the museum each year. Before the expansion, the Museum operated at 160 percent capacity. Through the expansion, CMH was able to expand its bilingual (English/Spanish) community-based outreach programs and provide classrooms and lab spaces for its Institute for Family Learning. Additionally, five existing museum galleries will be renovated and the Museum’s Houston Public Library branch will double in size.


“We’ve built a place where the best ideas come together — practically speaking, A Playground for Your Mind,” said Tammie Kahn, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Houston.

“This is a place where scientists and teachers, explorers and artists, mathematicians and poets can share with our children what they love. We ran out of room at our Museum many years ago.  Houston’s population of families with young children continues to grow at one of the fastest rates in the United States, and this expansion not only gives us the room we need now, but it also has enabled us to design all-new exhibits as flexible platforms for learning. Partnering with thought leaders in many disciplines gives our children the opportunity to develop a love of lifelong learning so necessary in the 21st century classroom and workplace.”


The Expansion Grand Opening event, sponsored by Target, will offer an array of hands-on activities, games and special guests. Pulsating African drummers, an energetic marching band and sizzling Latin American dancers will be amongst the dozens of cultural entertainers lined-up to entertain at this carnival-style street fest! CMH will kick off with its Multimedia Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m., concluding with a dance party by 8 p.m.


“At Target, we are committed to making educational and arts experiences affordable and accessible to youth and families across the country,” said Laysha Ward, president, community relations, Target. “Through our partnership with the Children’s Museum of Houston, celebrating its free Grand Opening event, we hope to foster an appreciation and understanding of various cultures, traditions and points of view.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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