In the News
Physically distant, but more connected than ever!
Saratoga Springs, NY –
While the pandemic has changed how our museum operates it has not changed our mission or our drive to fulfill that mission. The Children’s Museum at Saratoga has reached more than 40,000 people during this crisis. The Museum has sent home 10 weeks of at- home lessons for parents, teachers, and caregivers to follow with their children and students. Museum educators have created YouTube videos from their apartments and basement studios. Our Director of Education, Jessica Bauder, was not satisfied by reaching children who had access to the internet. She has established relationships with Captain and the Franklin Community Center to send out activity packets with screen free activities for more than 200 children and their families. This effort will be expanded as new relationships are formed. According to Executive Director, Sarah Smith, “The Museum wants to serve as a resource for children and their caregivers now and in the future. It is our role to help build self-efficacy and inspire learning thorough play during normal times. During a pandemic when children may experience trauma these services and resources are even more important.”
The Museum has bolstered the community during this time of crisis. During our annual fundraiser on April 3, donors gave their gala dinners to the Shelters of Saratoga. Helping our donors connect with the community was a great solution for all parties involved. Donors were able to pay their meals forward to the shelters and the museum was able to deliver gourmet meals from Saratoga National to those in need. Throughout this time, the museum has highlighted local restaurants and tried to drive business to them through shout outs on social media and through various contests. The Museum is currently offering one family membership as a prize to the first family to complete our Bingo card by getting takeout from some of the museum’s many neighboring restaurants.
Founded in 1990 by community parents and educators,The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is dedicated to creating an interactive community that inspires curiosity, sparks imagination and nurtures discovery.
The Museum is also committed to fostering active parent involvement in children’s learning, to serving as a resource for school districts in the area, and to ensuring that its programs and services are accessible to all children.https://cmssny.org/