CMST at Kids Town

The littlest residents of St. Tammany will soon have claim to their own tiny town.  Kids Town is on track to open in fall 2017.

 

This mini-town project, conceived by the Tammany Trace Foundation and constructed with the support of the Northshore Home  Builders Association and St. Tammany Parish Government, will be the first stop for the eagerly anticipated Children’s Museum of St. Tammany (CMST).

 

“The Tammany Trace Foundation has built Kids Town as a gift to the children in our community,” commented Trace Foundation President Bruce Wainer.  “In keeping with the Trace Foundation’s mission to raise funds to make improvements to the Trace, we have held Eggstravaganza—a spring fundraiser sponsored by Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Ochsner Health System and Take Five Oil Change—on the grounds of Lakeview Regional for the last three years.”

 

“Now that we are in the home stretch, we are excited to announce who will be running this town,” quipped Wainer. “We had to consider who could best develop the space to appeal to kids and who could create engaging educational play opportunities. The team behind the Children’s Museum project was the natural choice.”

 

“Our board was thrilled by the Trace Foundation’s invitation to be the engine behind Kids Town,” remarked CMST Board President Lisa Barnett. “CMST has long been serving the community through our Museum Without Walls outreach while we raise funds to build our permanent facility within the parish’s Cultural Arts District.  This opportunity to have a physical space to offer programming and events will enhance our visibility and reach to the community.”

 

CMST’s Museum Without Walls outreach is visible throughout the community at events such as Read for the Record, Boo Fest, the Three Rivers Art Festival and within the school system.  Volunteers organize hands-on crafts and enrichments to provide age-appropriate activities that either compliment the event theme or expound upon classroom learning. A well-oiled machine that has been rolling along, this mobile museum is more than ready for its first stop. 

 

“Kids Town will give us a space to focus on toddlers through early childhood aged kids who will grow with us as we develop and fundraise for the main site,” explained CMST Education Chair and Marigny Elementary Principal Leslie Martin.

 

The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany at Kids Town will be a multi-visit facility perfectly positioned to appeal to families biking the Trace and those spending time at the adjacent Kids Konnection playground. School field trip attendees, story time visitors and birthday party guests will want a return trip since there will be much to experience on each encounter. Among other areas still in development, one of the rooms within Kids Town will be STEM-focused and another tailored to artistic endeavors.

 

The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany at Kids Town expects to welcome visitors aboard this fall.