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About Us

Valley Children’s Museum’s mission is to spark the adventure of life-long learning for children and their grown-ups. The museum directly addresses the need for play-based educational programs in our region. Valley Children’s Museum will provide fun, meaningful interactions for children and their friends, adults, schools and community. No other organization in our region is dedicated to this need.

Our goal is for Valley Children’s Museum to be created by the people, for the people of the Tri-Valley and its surrounding communities. We believe that a community-based museum must reflect the true diversity and scope of the area in which it resides.

History

n 1999, a visionary group of parents and educators identified an unmet need for a children’s museum in their local area. Shortly thereafter, they introduced the concept for Valley Children’s Museum at a local Children’s Fair in Livermore, California with its first traveling exhibit. With enthusiastic response, organizers continued to move forward presenting the idea at local fairs and festivals. The consensus: Yes! This region needs a hands-on discovery center for children, families and schools.

Early and subsequent feasibility studies in the Tri-Valley have confirmed that the concept is fundamentally viable and would meet community needs. Encouraged by this news, Valley Children’s Museum has continued to build programs and search for a long-term home.

Valley Children’s Museum exhibits and programs have appeared at festivals, fairs, public libraries and classrooms, providing thousands of local children with hands-on, play-based activities, make-and-take projects and learning experiences.

Now the acquisition of its mobile museum has added the opportunity for a place for families to meet and experience play-based creative learning

In Spring and Summer 2011, VCM opened the Mobile Museum  in Emerald Glen Park with children’s hands-on learning activities based on the period of the California Missions exhibit (the 1700-1800′s), such as making corn husk  dolls, covered wagons, prairie candy, sombreros, basket weaving, coloring and other activities.  Well over 2000 people experienced the activities of the Moving Mission in 2011 as we provided varying activities based on themes of history, Native American culture, food, water and the environment.

SHORT-TERM PLANS – 2012

During 2012 – 2013 VCM will expand its offerings to include weekend activities and initiate a program for student field trips to the Mobile Mission in support of state-mandated study of the California missions.

Local communities throughout the region have demonstrated their interest for the project in the form of both volunteer commitments and monetary contributions. Donations have been received from local cities, foundations, corporations, service clubs, mother’s clubs, parents, and children. Valley Children’s Museum has developed a strong support base of prominent community leaders and educators.