Community

Diversity Statement(s)

As an educational facility, The Children’s Museum at Saratoga’s was created on the foundational belief in inclusivity and equity for all children. Every child deserves a safe space to learn, grow, and have fun. We are dedicated to making that happen. 

 

The Children’s Museum at Saratoga (CMAS) is dedicated to creating an interactive community space that inspires curiosity, sparks imagination and nurtures discovery. Additionally, The Museum believes that the programs and services it provides should be accessible to all children and their families or caregivers.

Examples of how we take our statement from written to reality

1. Museums for All – a program to ensure access to the Museum for all community members. CMAS offers a discounted admission of $3.00 per person for up to four (4) individuals per EBT card.
Museums For All Page

2. Library Passes – Many of the public libraries in our area have memberships to CMAS that they make available to library patrons to check out and visit for free. Passes are limited to one child and one adult per pass.

3. Sensory Sunday- Our Sensory Sunday program is a monthly event. During these hours, lights are dimmed, sounds are off, and we have weighted vests and noise reducing headphones in the lobby available for those who need them. This is an inclusive event for all children with disabilities and their families to enjoy our museum without the over stimulation of the crowd and noise. Check our calendars for upcoming Sensory Sundays. 

CMAS Pays It Forward

The following is a list of the current organizations we are helping or working with:

1. The Red Bookshelf – CMAS is home to a Red Bookshelf, where children can select a book of their own to read and keep!  The Museum and the community also donate children’s books to the Red Bookshelf. Look for the bin at the Museum where you can donate any gently used children’s books (books for all ages and any reading level).

2. Toys for Tots – CMAS participates yearly in this holiday event hosting a box for donating toys to children in need. Look for the collection box in the lobby from November through December and drop off any new toys.

3. Wellspring – CMAS works with Wellspring to help provide child care while their clients are in classes. 

4. SOS, Shelters of Saratoga – CMAS assists SOS by running food drives and making clothing and non-perishable donation drop-offs.

Community Giving

Why does a nonprofit like the Children’s Museum at Saratoga give to other nonprofits? 

Because we are all working toward a similar mission to provide resources and to uplift our community, especially those who have the greatest need. The Museum donates to twelve organizations annually. Our donation is a family four-pack of admission tickets to the Museum (valued at $48.00). All requests need to be made in writing and sent to info@cmssny.org. Requests must be submitted 90 days (about 3 months) before your event. We will consider any organization that aligns with the mission and values of The Children’s Museum at Saratoga.  

Community Programming Request

The Museum is committed to sharing education opportunities. Quarterly, we provide one education program to a local organization; this includes science fairs, STEM school nights, library programs, etc. 

If your school or organization is interested in applying for this free opportunity, please email education@cmssny.org with your request and the details of your event. Requests will be considered on a first come-first served basis. 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Generosity.  If you want to help children and families in need by providing them free education programs, admission to the Museum, or hands-on education kits, then please donate. Money raised helps to provide free or reduced cost programs to children in the Capital Region.  When we help children, we help the next generation of our neighbors, our future community leaders & the innovators of tomorrow.

Toys For Tots

Every year, the museum collects donations for Toys For Tots

The Red Bookshelf

The Museum’s partnership with The Red Bookshelf has helped hundreds of books be distributed for free!

Rainbow Kits

 

 

CMAS has given 470 Catching Rainbow Kits. These 100 Kits were assembled by the Southern Saratoga Women’s Club Community Services Center.

CAP COM Cares Foundation

They helped CMAS provide to children in need in Albany.

Seed Planting