CMNH Facility Expansion - opening late 2025
Why do we need to grow?
Current lack of childcare and preschool openings are driving a need for socialization and learning opportunities for children ages 0-5.
As visitor numbers increase and community needs change, flexible space allows us to be responsive.
Feedback indicates urgent need for resources to support child and family emotional wellbeing.
What will we create?
An exhibit designed for children ages 0-5
Caters to young children's boundless fascination with farms and farming
Activities filled with sensory experiences curated specifically for this age
More space for young learners is needed as our Primary Place (current 0-3 exhibit) is frequently overcrowded and overstimulating
The Impact of "Little Farmers":
Enhances fin and gross motor skills, early literacy, child-caregiver relationships, and empathy/mental health development
Promotes connections between caregivers and children, crucial to the social-emotional development of young children during the early years
Provides a safe space for caregivers to connect and form relationships
A creative open space dedicated to flexible and changing exhibits
Hosts rotating themes and activities that inspire movement and gross motor development
This area will also be utilized for playgroups, community groups, school field trips, and active pursuits like family yoga, music making, and dance
The Impact of "Imagine This!":
Changing exhibits keep the Museum engaging for Members and frequent visitors, driving attendance revenue
Flexible space allows CMNH to respond to changing needs of families and new opportunities in the community
Bolsters children's behavioral and emotional wellbeing and educates caregivers on ways to support their child's mental health
How can I help?
With an estimated project cost of $420,000, the expansion will only come to life with the support of our community, and we encourage you to consider a generous gift to help us do the important work of engaging children through play. We can’t wait to welcome you to our new exhibits, and we look forward to celebrating our continued growth together.
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Elm Grove Companies
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