The educational wonder of the children’s museum is open to all Magic Valley families. We look forward to participating in the national Museums for All program, which provides subsidized memberships to qualifying families. Children may have the exciting opportunity to have the museum visit their school for a special program or even take a field trip and spend the school day inside the museum. But we don’t want the educational fun to stop there!
The Museums for All program goes a step further, allowing children to share the museum experience with their caregivers as often as they wish. We cherish this opportunity that allows children to share the excitement of being in the museum with the people they value most–exploring and having fun right alongside them.
We hope that by having a reduced price admission option, we can create a love of museums for everyone and that cost won’t be a barrier. As children build lifelong museum habits, their world will grow bigger, and they will see a future full of potential and adventure!
Our community is fortunate to offer many learning opportunities in the form of public library programming, College of Southern Idaho curriculum, a variety of extracurricular activities, and the countless ways dedicated school teachers go the extra mile for their students. We cannot wait to add our programs and exhibits to the educational amenities in the area! We are proudly looking forward to being members of the Museums for All program and participating in this nationwide initiative to allow more access to museums and education.
What a fun day walking the St. Patrick’s Day Parade! After the parade, we had an informational table with a rainbow hands-on activity for families to explore and learn more about our efforts to build a children’s museum.
Our first fundraiser was sponsored by Magic Valley Mall in February 2019. This was the first time most families had heard about CMMV, and we could feel their excitement at the prospect of having a children’s museum right here in our community! Kids of all ages got to work playing, creating, and learning
Community member Tara Rueda donated a huge supply of tumbled glass, and kids got to work designing “sea glass” mosaics. Kids could also paint watercolor valentine cards, play with STEM toys, and learn about how the human heart functions. The most popular part may have been getting to see and touch real pig and cow hearts! prize basket.
Thanks to Falls Brand & Scarrow Meat for the pig and cow hearts. Many thanks to Magic Valley Mall for allowing us to set up in an empty storefront and to Rocky Mountain Flooring for carpet squares to make it more inviting. Thanks to Twin Falls Chevrolet for filling our balloons with helium and Jensen Jewelers for donating to our raffle
We are proud of the STEM outreach program we have designed specifically for our local elementary schools. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Our goal is to provide hands-on learning as students imagine, create, dream, explore, and discover together at STEM Family Nights. Through many generous grants from Idaho STEM Action Center, the DART Foundation, Pioneer Federal Credit Union, and Twin Falls Rotary Club, we created a rich educational learning experience with eight mobile exhibits.
The exhibits showcased were new experiences for children that cannot always be easily replicated at home or school. A children’s museum has the unique ability to bring experiences at a larger than life scale! STEM nights allowed us to give the community a small taste of what the museum will be.
Get Creative with Coding – Build hands-on, screen-free coding skills with our OzoBots, Code & Go Mouse Bots, and KIBO. Debug plastic bugs from a “code,” Ask about our favorite edible activity that gets families moving, laughing and learning about coding. Sponsored by Idaho STEM Action Center
Literacy Connection – We love to connect literacy & STEM! Can you construct a home for the three little pigs that can withstand the puff of the Big Bad Wolf? Try squeezing the entire alphabet onto your own colorful block tree before it falls down…Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom!
What Can You Rigamajig? – Powered by your brain, this collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope gives you the tools to build whatever you can dream up! Think three dimensionally, create physically, and work collaboratively. Sponsored by DART Foundation
Marvelous Magnets – Explore magnetism through investigations with magnetic/non-magnetic materials, build with over 700 Magnatiles, see the pull of the magnetic field with captivating Ferrofluid, explore with Hematite stones. Sponsored by Idaho STEM Action Center
Making Waves – Dive into the science of sound waves as you complete five vibration investigations, make music, and capture and evaluate waveforms with two of our Vernier GoDirect Sound Sensors.
Imagination Playground – 105 Imagination Playground blocks bring the engineering benefits of block play on a larger-than-life scale. Includes bricks, cylinders, chutes, channels and more. (Requires 250 sqft of space) Sponsored by Twin Falls Rotary Club
Your Body: Inside Out – Learn about hearts and blood types through hands-on experiments, Orb Water Bead “Blood Cell” sensory bins, and models. Take a peek inside your body with our virtual reality t-shirt.
Bank & Farmer’s Market (add on) – Our Bank & Farmer’s Market is a hands-on role-playing exhibit that helps kids understand the principles of earning, spending, and saving money. Sponsored by Pioneer Federal Credit Union
We enjoyed setting up our STEM Family Night events at Gooding Elementary, Declo Elementary, Bickel Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Kimberly Elementary, and Sawtooth Elementary. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our last 3 events at Hollister Elementary, Jefferson Elementary and Rock Creek Elementary were postponed. We gave our program a COVID-19 revamp and will test out an outdoor, social-but-distant version this fall.
As you can see from the pictures, the children didn’t need to be told twice to get to work doing what kids do best!
In January 2019, we held our first community meeting at the Twin Falls Public Library to share with the community our desire to build a children’s museum within the Magic Valley. We presented the steps we had already taken, such as joining the Association of Children’s Museums, receiving our non-profit 501(c)3 status in November 2018, drafting our mission and vision statements, and creating our logo. We also held community meetings in Burley, Jerome & Hailey.
To share our message to more individuals in the Magic Valley, we reached out to area civic organizations and presented at their meetings. Over three months, we presented to the following organizations:
Jerome Rotary Twin Falls Rotary After Hours Twin Falls Optimist Club Twin Falls Kiwanis Club Twin Falls Lions Club Rotary of Blue Lakes Twin Falls Rotary Burley Rotary Twin Falls Service Providers Mini-Cassia Service Providers Jerome Service Providers
We were grateful to share our mission and vision for CMMV with these groups. We received great feedback and excitement for the project.
Since launching our outreach program in Summer 2019, we’ve hosted 11 Family STEAM Nights at area elementary schools and participated in 41 community events, serving a total of 7,625 individuals. We have traveled from Ketchum to Hollister and Gooding to Declo. Kids, parents, and teachers have loved everything we have to offer!
What is a STEAM Family Night?
S – Science
T – Technology
E – Engineering
A – Art
M – Math
The CMMV educational outreach program offers engaging science, technology, engineering, art and math activities that make learning fun, accessible and appealing. These activities are designed for children and caregivers to explore together. It is geared toward students in Kindergarten-5th grade. This program is available for schools & organizations within a 40-mile radius of Twin Falls. A limited number of reservations are available.