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Black Earth Children's Museum opens a month and half after flood

 

August 22, 2019

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The Black Earth Children's Museum after the flood featured new exhibits. Top and right, the 'simple machines' exhibit. Above, the music area. Below, the museum is open for business.

When Karen Carlock, Executive Director of the Black Earth Children's Museum, saw the water in the basement lapping at the second to top step near the Museum level, she knew that a lengthy closure was in their future. ServPro, neighbors, and Village staff all pitched in to pump out the basement and, in 24 hours, the majority of the accumulated water was gone. On September 15, the electric was turned back on, and, on September 29, they re-opened with a brand new textured flooring perfect for little feet to run across. A facelift on the front trim and a new entrance are all in the works. Improvements abound as they plan for a future to focus on aspects of physical health, and plan for additions to the "My Backyard" mural, utilizing every inch of space possible for sensory interaction. More interactive elements will be added to the "Cave" and "Night Sky" exhibits, and the current Simple Machines will become a Body and Balance exhibit. The new "Flying Squirrels" exhibit attracts all ages. A Nursing/Infant Room will be in an enclosed separate space, and the "Bambino Barn" will be upgraded so that there will be more options for older children.

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The Black Earth Children's Museum after the flood featured new exhibits. Top and right, the 'simple machines' exhibit. Above, the music area. Below, the museum is open for business.

The Museum's target clientele is the 0-10 age range, but, in a few years, middle school programming will be added. With 350 memberships purchased in the first year, and new full time Operations Director Amy McMillian, new exhibits and programming will increase as the museum looks to the future. Current programming includes Music with Corey, Yoga, Art Painting with Kendra, and there are two rooms set aside for birthday parties; one on the museum level, and one on the upper level. Their hours during the school year are 9-5 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 9-1 Tuesday and Thursday, and Sunday from 12-5. If you would like more information about exhibits, programming, volunteering, or becoming a member, call at (608) 888-2017, email at info@blackearthchildrensmuseum.org, or go to their website at http://www.blackearthchildrensmuseum.org

 
 

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