#FremontFamilies: Lander Children’s Museum running 17 years strong
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(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander Children’s Museum, formed in 1999 by Martha Howard-Sempert, offers endless hands-on opportunities for children ages 3-12. Throughout the year the museum offers a variety of exhibits including a Culture Expo, Dinosaur Dig, Climbing Mountain, Shadow Room, Magnets and more.
“Children learn best through hands on activities,” said Museum Director Jody Shaw. “Everything in our museum is here for children to explore by touching and feeling with all of their senses. We want children to interact with the exhibits, to use the materials here, and to know they can explore fully with everything we have. That’s how children learn best.”
While touring the museum, we encountered a family who is originally from Lander but currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and they gave our museum quite the compliment. “This is better than any children’s museum we’ve ever been to in LA,” the mom said. “There are way more hands-on opportunities and a wider variety of materials than we’ve ever experienced in LA.”
Each year the Lander Museum hosts an average of 17 school field trips. Farson was the very first school to make the trek to the museum in 1999 and they still come today. Shaw noted the museum tries to let the teachers know which school standards they’ve met so teachers can utilize that information for their reporting. “We try to meet school standards while still making learning fun,” added Shaw.
The Museum has a busy year ahead with many events (listed below). But their primary focus this summer will be on the eclipse. They’ll be hosting an event called “Total Eclipse At the Museum” on Saturday, August 19th in which children will get hands on learning experiences in preparation for the eclipse. There will also be glasses available for purchase. Many of the museum’s summer classes will be focused on the eclipse as well. They’ve partnered with the NISE Network who will provide eclipse kits from NASA.
Other events happening this year at the museum include:
- March 16 – Business After Hours
- April 22 – Earth Day
- July 6 – Water Works Day. Game and Fish will be on site with stream trailers. The museum will be offering snow cones, watermelon and much more!
- August 19 – “Total Eclipse At the Museum” on Saturday, August 19th in which children will get hands on learning experiencing in preparation for the eclipse. There will also be glasses available for purchase.
- Ongoing Summer Classes – Many will be focused on the eclipse. More here.
- October – Fall Fest. Official date to be determined.
- November 11 – Monte Carlo Affair Museum Fundraiser (adult only event)
- December – Santa’s Workshop. Date to be determined.
The Lander Children’s Museum is a 501 c3 non profit that runs on donations, fundraisers, grants, admissions and memberships. Below is information about the membership options. Otherwise, a daily pass is $3 for anyone age 2 and up.
- General Memberships – $60: You receive unlimited access to the museum during regular operating hours and more.
- Extended Membership – $75: You receive all the benefits of the General Membership plus access to over 300 museums & science centers across the nation.
- Passport to Play – This is an option for those who cannot afford the $3 per visit. Folks can pick up a Passport to Play at any of the county libraries, bring it into the museum, and they, along with 6 others, can enter for free.
Learn more about the Lander Children’s Museum here.