How Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum Thrived During a Pandemic

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum (MMCM), located in Saginaw, has long been a place of experiential learning and STEM programming. Although 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic saw the Museum close temporarily, Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum is open and ready to welcome visitors for fun and educational, hands-on play.

NEW Exhibit: Tinker Track

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum was closed for much of last year. Since the Museum was not open to the public, MMCM staff started updating the facility. Now, the Museum has a brand-new gallery and updated exhibits in some of our visitor’s favorite places! Our newest gallery, Tinker Track, features a speedway obstacle course racetrack with pieces to build your own vehicle. Aunt Sugar’s Farm/ Uncle Pickle’s Barn has a hand-painted mural with more updates to come soon. Without the closure, MMCM would not have had the opportunity to complete some of these updates and give visitors a completely different experience when then come.

NEW mural located at Aunt Sugar’s Farm/ Uncle Pickle’s Barn.

MMCM staff also continued to work hard to provide online learning resources to supplement the shift to virtual learning. MMCM created Play and Learn (PAL) Kits for purchase to engage learners in different topics while keeping an educational basis. With themes from art to science to engineering, these kits were meant to supply families with a way to bring learning to life and off of a screen. Not only that but, MMCM also updated our website with a resource page of crafts, stories, recipes, and science experiments. MMCM was really trying to meet people where they were, which was at home.

Now a year later, MMCM is open for business and thankful to provide a facility where experiential play is available for families to enjoy once again. Reopening has presented its own challenges, but MMCM staff adapted. MMCM implemented increased sanitization of the facility and requires a simple health screening of all staff and visitors. MMCM is currently open with reduced hours to provide time to do more deep cleaning in between visits.

As the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum looks toward its future, we are excited to welcome a new President and CEO, Ann Doyle. We are excited to be offering summer camps again this year as we step toward offering in-person STEM programming. Information about our summer camps can be found on our website along with our safety protocols. For any questions, please call our phone at 989-399-6626 or email playeducator@michildrensmuseum.org.

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Learn more about the museum by visiting: https://www.michildrensmuseum.org/

**The Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum is a participant in the STEM Passport.  Visit and attend (virtual or in-person) events and receive a $25 gift card courtesy of MiSTEM.  Learn more: https://www.stempipeline.com/out-of-school-time/stem-passport-2020-2021/


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