Creative Discovery Museum announces phased reopening plan
Creative Discovery Museum announces phased reopening plan June 22 for members, June 29 for general admission
After making the decision to close on March 14 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) is ready to reopen its exhibits for play and exploration.
“Closing for our spring season has undoubtedly been a challenge for the Museum,” said Henry Schulson, General Manager. “We are delighted to be able to welcome visitors again. We have worked very hard to make the Museum as safe as possible so that children and families can enjoy this incredible educational resource. ”
A phased reopening plan will begin on June 22 for members only. General admission visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Museum starting June 29. The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers has always been a top priority for CDM. In the initial phases of reopening, CDM will continue to “Play It Safe” by implementing the following policies and procedures for customers:
- Members and general admission visitors must have a timed ticket to enter. CDM will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum will close for one hour between sessions for cleaning. As always, members will enjoy free entry. Timed tickets go on sale for members on June 15 and general admission visitors on June 22 at cdmfun.org/tickets.
- CDM will perform a daily medical screening of all staff using the Ascend Health app. Before entering the building, visitors will also undergo a health screening, including a contactless temperature check. Sick employees and visitors will not be admitted to the Museum. If anyone in your party feels ill, please contact CDM to reschedule your tour.
- All guests will be required to adhere to our social distancing guidelines which will be posted throughout the museum.
- In order to maintain social distancing, daily capacity will be limited to 20% of normal building capacity. Limits will also be placed on the capacity of each exhibit gallery.
- As face coverings are one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all staff, visitors and volunteers aged five and over will be required to wear a face covering. Children aged two to five will also be encouraged to do so.
- Handwashing will be encouraged with 10 additional sanitizing and handwashing stations.
- CDM staff will clean exhibits and high-traffic surfaces throughout the day and perform deep cleaning daily between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
- The Dino-Mite Café will be closed. Water fountains will be closed with the exception of contactless water bottle filling stations. Disposable cups will be available.
CDM’s reopening policies and procedures are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and align with local and state reopening guidelines. Additionally, CDM has verified its policies and procedures with Dr. Jennifer Keates Baleeiro, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Physician at Erlanger Hospital, and local infectious disease specialists. The Museum will continue to evaluate its new measures and make changes to the guidelines as needed.
“With increased measures in place, families will have many opportunities to experience the Museum safely and comfortably,” Schulson said. “We have missed having visitors to our exhibits and are looking forward to a CDM reading date.”
CDM extends the broadcast of The children of Kenya until August 23, giving families the opportunity to explore the world and expand their understanding of the other cultures that represent our community. The children of Kenya invites families to discover what life is like for children in today’s Kenya, a country that is both technologically advanced and filled with longstanding traditions.
Through five immersive environments, children can compare the similarities and differences between their lives and those of children in Kenya, an East African country. The children of Kenya was created by The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum. Local sponsorship provided by ArtsBuild, the Tennessee Arts Commission, First Horizon Foundation and Bellhop.
And while its doors were closed, the play never stopped. CDM provided access to its storytimes, science shows, arts, cooking classes and beyond through its YouTube and social media video series, Creativity TV, and with STEAM activities home listed on its website. Additionally, CDM continues to offer virtual experiences for Club Discovery, a program for children with disabilities and their typically developing peers, and PlayGym, an interactive classroom for caregivers and children.
CDM launched Discovery Kits in partnership with Hamilton County Schools and distributed over 2,000 STEAM Activity Kits to families in Opportunity Zone schools. More than 250 families signed up for the Pass It On program and received all the materials needed to write letters of encouragement to Hamilton County first responders, Erlanger Hospital staff and seniors living in Morning Pointe of Hixson.
For more information, please visit cdmfun.org/welcome-back.