npressfetimg-1173.png

A kids’ place reborn – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News – Mail Tribune

With new exhibits, Children’s Museum of Southern Oregon opens Friday to everyone after 2+ years

5-year-old Jedidiah Rennels plays with fabric moving through air tubes at the Reimagined Children’s Museum in downtown Medford Thursday. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Sunny Spicer walks through the new Children’s Museum Thursday. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Jordan and Marie Miller play Thursday with their daughters Eliet, 4, and Waverly, 1, at the Children’s Museum. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

5-year-old Jedidiah Rennels tries to catch a ping-pong ball floating over air tubes at the Children’s Museum in downtown Medford Thursday. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Shrieks of joy, gaping smiles and outstretched arms showed the excitement Thursday of kids exploding onto the second floor of The Children’s Museum of Southern Oregon.

It marked a soft opening of the newly renovated space inside the Carnegie Building, at 413 W. Main St., in downtown Medford. A grand opening is scheduled for Friday, when the museum will be open to everyone, not just members.

“It’s very alive,” said Sunny Spicer, executive director of the museum, which resumed operations last month after the pandemic and complications surrounding completion of the renovation pushed back the opening date. “I hear (children) crying when they come down the stairs because they don’t want to leave.”

Spicer — who has led the museum through numerous iterations since its founding in 1998 — could not help but point out the pandemic did not put an end to her children’s museum, in contrast to Portland’s, which ceased in 2021.

“We were able to get through the pandemic and create a really beautiful space for our community,” Spicer said.

And what a space it is — with exhibits that teach kids about everything from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to local agriculture.

And not surprisingly, they’re highly interactive and fun, with some incorporating themes of the Pacific Northwest.

“We initially looked at the heritage of our community as a driving force of the first room that you walk in,” Spicer said. “We want kids to be thinking about the world around them.”

Exhibits in the PNW category would include “The Lumber Yard,” “The Wildlife Rescue” treehouse and — yes — a giant replica of Bigfoot, thanks to the former Portland Children’s Museum.

Not too far from the mythical creature is a barnlike structure, which has “farm-fresh Rogue-grown food” in it. Kids can use a series of conveyor belts to push the food up and around the barn to a “farm-to-table” play area up top.

Medford dad Jordan Miller took his girls, Eliet, 4, and Waverly, 1, to the museum Thursday. It was their third visit since the reopening for museum members.

“We love it here,” Miller said, noting the exploration and safe space the facility provides.

Eliet is getting ready for preschool and “learning how to learn,” he said. But his daughter also is learning to be “a little more self-reliant.”

“She’s very curious about a lot of things already, and this just gives her another outlet for that,” Miller said.

<…….

Source: https://www.mailtribune.com/top-stories/2022/07/14/a-kids-place-reborn/

With new exhibits, Children’s Museum of Southern Oregon opens Friday to everyone after 2+ years

5-year-old Jedidiah Rennels plays with fabric moving through air tubes at the Reimagined Children’s Museum in downtown Medford Thursday. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Sunny Spicer walks through the new Children’s Museum Thursday. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Jordan and Marie Miller play Thursday with their daughters Eliet, 4, and Waverly, 1, at the Children’s Museum. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

5-year-old Jedidiah Rennels tries to catch a ping-pong ball floating over air tubes…….

With new exhibits, Children’s Museum of Southern Oregon opens Friday to everyone after 2+ years

5-year-old Jedidiah Rennels plays with fabric moving through air tubes at the Reimagined Children’s Museum in downtown Medford Thursday. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Sunny Spicer walks through the new Children’s Museum Thursday. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

Jordan and Marie Miller play Thursday with their daughters Eliet, 4, and Waverly, 1, at the Children’s Museum. [Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune]

5-year-old Jedidiah Rennels tries to catch a ping-pong ball floating over air tubes…….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.