Treasure Coast Essay
7:20 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Happy anniversary, Children’s Museum!

I hope it's not too late to say happy anniversary to the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast.  Five years ago last month, the museum opened in the middle of Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach.  Since then it has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors and conducted field trips and outreach programs for more than 20,000 students. The mission of the Children's Museum is to offer children and their families a place to learn through hands-on activities. The museum has made $1.9 million worth of improvements to the building. The space has grown from 4,000 to 12,400 square feet and the interactive exhibits from four to 12. The exhibits include: The Town Market, where a child can play customer or employee, even push a shopping cart and go through a checkout station. The Health Center, where interactive displays teach children about the heart, digestive system, skeletal structure and brain. The Car Care Center, where a child can make repairs on a large-scale toy automobile. And the Vet Clinic, where boys and girls can play veterinarian, wearing lab coats and examining animals -- stuffed animals, that is. For more information, put Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast into a search box. For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.

Where can a child pretend to be an auto mechanic or a veterinarian? Paul Janensch tells us in this Treasure Coast Essay.