Utica, N.Y. — On Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 10:00am, the Utica Children’s Museum will officially open its newest exhibit – a mini Home Depot on the first floor.
At the Home Depot @ the Museum exhibit, kids can pretend to be a retail customer or a Home Depot employee. Whether they are a building contractor or a cashier, this role playing is an important building block in a child’s development.
“We are pleased to be part of the Museum’s transformation,” said Patrick Winans, Store Manager for the New Hartford Home Depot. “We started this partnership through our volunteer program and the relationship blossomed. We are proud of our support of the *new* Museum and invite you to join us!”
Home Depot @ the Museum kicks off the renovation of the Museum’s Exploration Station, a center for dramatic play, into “Main Street”, where kids learn important concepts like social skills, sharing, peer interaction, and what exactly do adults do during the day.
The Exploration Station/Main Street exhibit provides an opportunity for young children to play dress-up and engage in role playing. This dramatic play enables children to begin to understand how their everyday world works. By acting out rituals and routines of everyday life, children are learning important skills such as problem solving and social interaction with peers.
To learn more, please call the Museum at 315-724-6129 or visit UticaCM.org.
The Children’s Museum of History, Natural History & Science dba “Utica Children’s Museum” was founded on August 1, 1963 and is housed in a beautiful historic building located in the heart of Utica’s downtown Bagg’s Square district. The Museum currently offers approximately 60 exhibits and experiences throughout four floors of play space. The Museum is in the process of being transformed into a hands-on, interactive destination that will impact more than 100,000 visitors over the next five years. Visit us on the web at www.UticaCM.org or check out our Facebook at www.facebook.com/uticachildrensmuseum