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ImagineU Museum Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony on Dec. 18

The new facility will be 15,000 square feet of exciting new indoor exhibits, including the Majestic Oak Tree Climber, the U Fix it Garage, and the Grove Pick and Pack.  The outdoor exhibits are equally exciting with the Wonderful Water, and Amphimeadow.

ImagineU is one of over 300 children's museums around the country leading a movement that combines specific learning objectives with play in informal learning environments. The areas of science, art, health and literacy are strong themes in the ImagineU programming –"Crafty Critter Wednesdays," “Happy, Healthy Thursdays,” “Free Story Hour Fridays” and “Science Explorer Saturdays.” All of the ImagineU interpretative and interactive exhibits correlate with the State Educational Content Standards and help develop essential foundation skills. 

The new museum will:

·         Serve the needs and interests of children all over the Valley by providing exhibits that are integrated with school curriculum and regional sustainability topics;

·         Provide programs that stimulate curiosity and motivate learning, and; 

·         Serve as a town square for children and families where play inspires creativity and lifelong learning, and families from various cultural backgrounds can meet.

 

In 2005, design and development began. The capital campaign “Raising the Roof” generated over $250,000. Community support increased with sponsorships and donations of all sizes. In 2009, the State of California, Parks and Recreation Proposition 84 Nature’s Facility Grant became available. Over 800 applications were submitted for the grant, and ImagineU was one of 40 recipients of $5.4 million, one of the largest awards. 

For more information, go to www.imagineumuseum.org or call 559-733-5975.

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