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The Children’s Museum of Oswego- Teaching Through Imaginative Play
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The Children’s Museum of Oswego (CMOO) was incorporated in 2013 as a “museum without walls.” While there is currently no permanent location for the museum, they have traveled to a number of community events including the Oswego Farmer’s Market and Harborfest and have received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from the community of Oswego. Jill Shaver, executive director of the CMOO states “Young families, grandparents, and teachers have expressed that they share our eagerness to open a museum that provides unique educational and recreational opportunities.”
With a focus on imaginative play that includes the following: music, art, local history, physical exercise, and more, this museum believes that “ play is a vital activity that children use to learn about and interact with their world.” While children are learning and playing with one another they are also developing self-confidence and important social skills. The benefits of the museum’s exhibits also include teaching children about independence, reasoning skills, and helps to give them a better understanding of math and science concepts.
During last week’s Harborfest, the Children’s Museum of Oswego had great success it’s first year at the Novelis Family Park located in Franklin Square. They brought along their 15 traveling exhibits including: air tubes, lego building and racing, construction zone, and water exploration & pond ecosystem.
You can find the Children’s Museum of Oswego at the Oswego Farmer’s Market on the first and third Thursday of each month. They will continue to be at the market in August, September, and October with different themes and educational activities for little ones to try. CMOO also hopes to participate in the Pumpkin Festival and other events this Fall.
“The Children’s Museum of Oswego seeks to be a place that serves and strengthens our community. We are reaching out to the entire community to provide insight into what types of exhibits and programming they would like to see at CMOO,” Shaver said. Although they are currently a “museum without walls,” CMOO is looking to find a more permanent home for the future.
They are also always looking for community members to be volunteers, sponsors, donors, committee members, and community advocates. “My favorite part about working with the Oswego community is that residents, business owners, educators, and young children have all been asking ‘How can we help?’ Oswego has a lot to be proud of and with the help of people who are willing to share their time, talent, and passion, our community continues to grow,” Shaver said.
For more information about how you can be involved find the Children’s Museum of Oswego on Facebook or go to their website www.cmoo.org.