The Museum of the Discovery of the Children of the Desert offers a video program
The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert has launched free online programming that includes story time, workshops and other in-home activities during the coronavirus pandemic. Like many nonprofits and businesses, CDMOD made the difficult decision to close its doors for public safety in mid-March, and they remain closed by government order and public health concerns.
âWe need each other more than ever,â said Carol Scott, CEO of CDMOD. “We know that social distancing is extremely important right now, but we also know that parents are looking for constructive activities to keep young minds active and their bodies healthy.”
The museum’s âDiscover Homeâ programming is available virtually on the CDMOD website and its social media platforms. Story Time for Toddlers and Elementary is presented online three days a week. A series of videos titled âFull Steam Ahead! Â»Offers activities and crafts inspired by science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, whileÂ« Home Cooking Junior Â»offers fun and kid-friendly recipes.
For hands-on activities, program organizers try to use items that people probably already have at home and make substitute suggestions, to minimize trips to the store during ongoing home orders. Items needed for Steam and Cooking activities are posted in advance on social media platforms, to ensure attendees have what they need before instructions go live.
âWe really miss our families at the museum and want to stay engaged as a parenting partner by providing meaningful and constructive play activities for children,â said Gregoria Rodriguez, Program and Exhibitions Manager for the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert .
Another social post that is creating a buzz is that of the museum’s conversation starters. Every Monday, CDMOD’s Instagram and Facebook pages feature a question or concept (in English and Spanish) that parents can ask their children to get creative with, for example: âIf your pets could talk, what would they say. they ? Participants are encouraged to share their responses on the CDMOD social media pages.
All online activities are free to the community, but donations are greatly appreciated.
âCDMOD is a private, non-profit institution that depends on memberships, daily ticket sales and program registration for the majority of its income,â Scott said. âThis stop will be difficult for us to bounce back. We’ve postponed the All-American Discovery Duck Pluck, our iconic spring fundraiser. We also had to make the heartbreaking decision to lay off 25 employees. But we hope that when the stay-at-home orders are lifted, members and donors will come back to support us. In the meantime, we want to give the community everything we can. “