New museum offers fun learning experience for all

By the Advocate Editorial Board
March 4, 2017 at 8:27 p.m.

A new sparkling gem is preparing to open in Victoria.

It's the crown jewel of years of planning and fundraising to give children and adults an entertaining place to go to learn, relax and play.

The Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent will hold its grand reopening March 11 with the premiere of Phase 1.

The growth of the museum, which started in downtown Victoria in 2002 and now is in the former Playhouse Movie Theater, is remarkable.

Kids and adults alike could lose themselves in the many games and building stations set up in the area that was once a movie theater.

But it couldn't have happened without the support of the community.

Through the endless community support and involved museum volunteers, employees have been able to build on important elements of learning - science, technology, engineering, art and math.

And imagination.

The community support is evident with the names of donors attached to most of the exhibits. The support comes from individuals as well as businesses.

But the support needs to continue so the museum can continue to grow.

Coming soon will be Phase 2, which will have a movie theater exhibit, stage and hospital exhibit, to name a few, and a lot of interactive games to intrigue its users.

While Phase 2 is under development, that area will be used for community events. One event already planned is a father-daughter dance for Trinity School.

Many more community events are planned. It has already partnered with the Victoria Symphony to host an open house for school students who attended the recent "Peter and the Wolf" production. By all accounts the event was a glowing success.

Another community project involved Dow Seadrift employees who painted the wave mural on the outside of the building, making the old landmark even more inviting to the public.

As with most nonprofits, the museum can use more donations to complete its project and to keep the museum open.

While the museum has many supporters, it needs more, newer faces to help support and use the facility.

Without the support of the community, the museum, like most businesses, will not be able to flourish and grow to its fullest potential.

Still not sure if you want to become involved with an endeavor that supports learning and entertainment at the same time? Attend the grand reopening and see for yourself that the museum will be the most fun you or your children will have learning, while not realizing you are learning. It's not Disney World, but it is a lot of fun and well worth the visit.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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