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Holiday Hours 2020

Happy Holidays!

We hope to spend this holiday season with you and your family. Below are our holiday hours:

12/23-open 10am-12:30pm and 2-5pm

12/24-10am-12:30pm

12/25-closed

12/26-open 10-12:30 and 2-5pm

12/30-open 10am-12:30pm and 2-5pm

12/31- open 10am-12:30pm and 2-5pm

1/1-closed

1/2-open 10-12:30 and 2-5pm

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Amazing Elf Adventure 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time again for Amazing Elf Adventure, one of the Muncie Children’s Museum’s biggest events of the year! But this time, we’re doing things a little bit differently…

Have you ever dreamed of becoming an elf? Do you want to learn what it takes to become one of Santa’s helpers? The word on the snow is Santa is planning on hiring new elves for this holiday season. Will you be one of the lucky few?

In partnership with Light Up DWNTWN, we are kicking off Amazing Elf Adventure on Thursday, December 3rd with the virtual tree lighting and an interactive scavenger hunt throughout downtown Muncie! Visit DWNTWN Muncie’s website for more information on this month-long event!

We will then launch a series of video scavenger hunts on our Facebook and Instagram pages for you and your family to enjoy, with the chance to win a grand holiday prize!

Introducing At-Home Elf Kits!

To bring Amazing Elf Adventure home to you, we will be selling Elf Kits to accompany our online elf hunt!

Kits will include an elf hat, your official elf license, mini candy cane, a bell, a coloring book, a Christmas craft, and a personalized video message from one of our elves to your child!

Kits are now on sale for $20 per child. Click here to purchase your kit today!

For More Information

Continue to watch our website  OR visit our Facebook Page and Instagram for details.

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A Day of Play

 

We would like to invite the community to our newest event, A Day of Play!

Our newest fundraising event, A Day of Play, is designed to bring the museum right to you through both fun and educational activities!

From Saturday, September 26 to Friday, October 1, you and your friends and family can participate in a list of 10 challenges (both at-home and at fun locations throughout Muncie) and try to earn a prize!

We’ll kick off the event via Facebook live at 11 a.m. and participants can pick up their clues and supplies at the museum from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. through a drive-thru. 

Over the next 6 days, participants can work on completing the 10 challenges using the clues and supplies provided, wear their event t-shirts, and take a selfie or video when completing a challenge to share to the event Facebook group!

To finish the event, on Oct. 1, participants can come find the museum’s table at First Thursday, hosted by DWNTWN Muncie, for their final challenge and to pick up their prize! If all 10 challenges are completed, they can then enter into a drawing for the grand prize!

The event will cost $10 per participant or $50 per family of 5 or more. This fee will cover materials and supplies necessary, entry into a private Facebook event group, and a t-shirt for each participant. Registration will begin Sept. 1 through the Facebook event page titled “Day of Play”. This is a family event. At least one adult is required to register with the children.  Click here to register!

Thank you to our sponsors!

 

 

 

George Insurance Group

 

 

 

First Merchant’s Bank

 

 

 

First Merchant’s Private Wealth Advisors

 

 

 

Clark Insurance Group

 

 

 

Estep Burkey Simmons, LLC

For more information, visit our Facebook page @MuncieMuseum!

If you or your business is interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact anderson@munciemuseum.com.

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Reopening Details

Welcome back!

Please note our revised hours of operation beginning when we reopen on Wednesday, July 8th 2020:

Wednesday-Saturday,

Open 10am-12:30pm

Closed for cleaning 12:30pm-2pm

Open 2pm-5pm

Closed Sunday-Tuesday


Prior to reopening, the Muncie Children’s Museum board and staff have agreed to the following enhanced protocols to protect our staff and visitors during their time at the Muncie Children’s Museum:

· Wellness screenings of all employees prior to the start of their shift

· Increased handwashing of staff members during their shift

· Staff required to wear masks in public spaces

· Mandatory face masks or coverings for visitors ages 8 and above during their time at the museum(Updated 07/27/2020 to comply with the State of Indiana mask mandate)

· Increased cleaning protocol throughout the day of high touch, high traffic areas, including a dedicated staff cleaning person, and use of a disinfectant spray mist prior to opening and during the day

· Encourage social distancing while visiting and following exhibit capacity signage recommendations

While the Muncie Children’s Museum is taking the above steps to protect the safety of our visitors, please know that we can’t guarantee that you will experience a germ free visit. We ask for your patience as we are all adjusting to the new operational procedures.

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Liz Marshall, Founder & Passionate Educator

In 1977, when the Muncie Children’s Museum opened for the first time, it was at the hands of a small group of women determined to bring a child-oriented learning facility to Muncie. One of those women is Liz Marshall. Liz is still very involved with the Muncie Children’s Museum to this day and continues to guide us in ways that positively impact our community. Liz was recently highlighted by her alma mater, Miami University. This article describes Liz and her passion for educating children in innovative ways when the museum opened. Take a look!

https://www.miamioh.edu/ehs/news/2020/06/childrens-museum.html 

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Newsletter & Kid’s Activity Pages

Want to stay updated on what’s happening here at the museum?

For fun and educational posts, check out the Muncie Children’s Museum’s Facebook page. Make sure you follow our page!

Check out our November & December newsletter here:

Download our November & December Kid’s Corner Activity Pages here:

 

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Spring Break Fiesta

¡ Holy Guacamole, Spring Break is almost here!

Celebrate your spring break fiesta style at the Muncie Children’s Museum!

For two weeks, we’ll be reading “Dragons Love Tacos,” making salsa, making miniature piñatas, learning about Frida Kahlo, and making Frida inspired artwork, along with several other crafts! Harmony Dance Studio will also be joining us to give Salsa and Latin dance lessons!

Watch our Facebook for more information on specific dates and times for a calendar of daily crafts.

Special thanks to Navient for sponsoring our Spring Break activities!

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Please welcome Ashlee Anderson to the MCM staff!!

The Muncie Children’s Museum is pleased to announce that Ashlee Anderson has accepted the position of Director of Development effective January 27, 2020.

Ashlee will be responsible for all areas of development including the execution of our fundraising campaigns, coordination of grant opportunities, promotion of the Muncie Children’s Museum in the community, and special event coordination.

Ashlee is a Muncie native and graduated from Wapahani High School. She and her husband, Jon, have been active for years in the Muncie community. Between them, they have 4 children and 1 child arriving in March. She is active in Altrusa Club of Muncie and the Altrusa Foundation board, Muncie Civic Theatre board, and is an assistant coach for the Ball State Code Red Dance Team. She has been recognized as one of Muncie’s 20 Under 40, received the YMCA Organizational Leader Certification, and is a former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader.

Ashlee graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Exercise Science and has a Master’s Degree in Wellness Management with a Business Minor, from Ball State University Fisher’s Institute of Wellness & Gerontology. Prior to accepting this position, she served as the Executive Director of the Northwest YMCA and the Executive Director of Sustainable Muncie Corporation. She is also the owner of Ashlee Anderson Fitness. Ashlee brings experience in fundraising and a passion for the community. She looks forward to getting to know the museum’s friends and supporters. During the interview process, she expressed her desire “to be in the Muncie community, build relationships and to be part of something bigger!” We are confident that Ashlee will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to the Muncie Children’s Museum. If you would like to meet Ashlee or find out more about the Muncie Children’s Museum, she can be reached at 765-286-1660, ext 207 or aanderson@munciemuseum.com.

 

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Amazing Elf Adventure 2019

It’s time again for Amazing Elf Adventure, one of the Muncie Children’s Museum’s biggest events of the year! Have you ever dreamed of becoming an elf? Do you want to learn what it takes to become one of Santa’s helpers?

Amazing Elf Adventure (AEA) invites young vistors and families to enter the EEB (Elf Employment Bureau) and begin their elf training. Training includes a scavenger hunt through various holiday rooms including the Snowglobe Room, the Elf Obstacle Course, and Santa’s Workshop. Amazing Elf Adventure 2019 has lots of new presents in store for your whole family.

Admission to Amazing Elf Adventure is $4 for non-members and $3 for MCM members. For non-member families visiting both Amazing Elf Adventure and the museum, admission is $8.

Hours:

Friday & Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm

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#GivingTuesday 2019 Is Here!

We’re thrilled to partner with GivingTuesday on #GivingTuesdayKids! With youth shaking up and spearheading many of the major movements on key issues facing our world today, from climate change to healthcare to student debt, GivingTuesday is helping amplify the next generation of young leaders to be organizers, thought-leaders, and campaign managers for a more generous world.

The Muncie Children’s Museum is asking for YOUR help in supporting our campaign: “Act 4 R Animals!” Kids can get involved by putting their change in the wishing well or the cash tower November 1 – December 3. The funds we raise on Giving Tuesday each year help to pay for the care of our amazing museum animals! 

All donations in the museum and online the day of Giving Tuesday will be matched by First Merchant’s Banks. For every $5 we raise, they will add $1. Many thanks to our friends at First Merchant’s!

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