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The Future is Bright for the Children’s Museum
1/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

Children's Museum

Since 1988, the Children’s Museum has been entertaining and educating the children of Southwest Louisiana and beyond with innovative, hands-on exhibits, storytelling, music, art and crafting classes and so much more.

Now, the museum is gearing up for a big move from its Broad St. location to the waterfront. Due to a joint venture and partnership between the Children’s Museum, Wildlife and Fisheries and the City of Lake Charles, its future is bright indeed.

When the project was first announced, the museum staff was elated. "We were very excited about the possibility and started looking forward to the future,” says Assistant Director Allyson Montgomery. 

Port Wonder, as it has been named, is now a go, with construction expected to begin in the spring of this year and be completed by the end of 2021.  It will house the Children’s Museum and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Science Center and Educational Complex. It will also include a covered fishing pier, an outdoor educational complex with a walking trail and an enhanced alligator pond.

Montgomery explains that they are still in the design phase, but they have many new things planned. "We hope to bring over some of our current exhibits and a lot of the same concepts, but there will be many new ones with a heavier emphasis on STEM education,” she says.  "A lot of our current exhibits already feature science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The new exhibit areas will enhance these learning experiences featuring these concepts and include a local flare.”

Some of the exhibits will be similar to everyone’s favorites, while some will be new and feature career opportunities in the area. "Our hope is for children to learn about the world around them, discover new concepts, imagine the future and dream about endless possibilities,” she continues. "A child learns best through play.”

The cost of admission will likely increase slightly, and the hours will remain about the same.  They're currently open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00-5:00 p.m. "Our goal is to keep admission affordable to families and students with the support of annual contributions,” says Montgomery. The relocation project would not be possible without the support of the museum’s generous community partners, annual donors, visitors and community support. 

"We love being a part of Southwest Louisiana and the memories of the families who visit. Our mission is to provide a fun, educational environment that encourages curiosity, creativity and social skills through hands on programs and exhibits. We hope this project is one that everyone is proud of and can enjoy with their family. It’s all about the kids and inspiring them to do great things for the next generation.”

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