Blog 2: Tips to Enhance Your Museum Visit!
Fun, learning and creativity are things that don’t have to stop when you leave our museum doors. So, how can you get the most out of your visit and then some? Well, each moment in the museum is a potential teaching moment, and there are tons of ways you can take the fun and learning to a new level. Here are some ideas:
Have you seen the signs we have around the museum that say “no phones?” That’s not just some rule we decided to set in place, it’s actually a suggestion we give to caretakers to make your family’s visit to the museum more special. By giving your body a break from your technology, you give yourself more time to explore and learn together.
When you put away the devices, everyone has the opportunity to be present, learn, have fun and create special memories together. Not only is it important for caretakers to limit distractions and keep an eye on their little ones, but it’s important to prioritize quality time!
The St. George Children’s Museum has partnered with a program called Vroom® to bring caretakers another resource to engage their children in learning. Vroom does not introduce any new concepts or ideas, but utilizes the opportunities parents and children are given every day to sharpen skills, make connections, and gain an understanding of their environment. Their research-backed tips are available throughout our museum in many exhibits. Vroom’s mission is to “…empower parents and caregivers to play a proactive role in their children’s early brain development by turning shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments®” (Vroom 2018).
Vroom is a great program that provides tips for taking everyday moments, and turning them into memorable learning and skill-polishing opportunities! We’ve placed signs throughout our exhibits to help caretakers do just that. Here is an example of what Vroom looks like at our museum:
By using these educational tips, an everyday museum visit can turn into an opportunity to build a great foundation for your child’s future. Every caretaker has the power to help build a wonderful future for their children, and enhancing your trip to our museum with these tips is a great place to start!
Have you heard of our mobile website? Our mobile site, powered by TDS, is just like our regular website, but with a bit of a twist: it is designed specifically for your device, to bring you even more fun and learning that you can take anywhere! We’ve added lots of extra resources, activities and craft ideas based on each exhibit room. For example, if your child had the best time in our Farm Room, the mobile site is loaded with videos, book recommendations and craft ideas all sharing the Farm Room theme to continue learning at home. This allows your child to feel connected to the fun memories they make at our museum, and creates enthusiasm for learning. Our mobile site is also jam-packed with quick links to resources and information about the museum. Scan this QR code to check it out!
Attending our events is another great way to enhance the fun! All our events are planned to not only offer a neat experience, but learning is always in mind, too. For example, our EDventure Parties have been a great way for us to allow our guests to enjoy the museum, and celebrate a monthly educational theme. They include special guests, crafting sessions, and other exciting activities like cake walks or story time with princesses.
Meet the Expert is another awesome, monthly event where a real-life expert visits the museum to hold a session about what they do. It gives children the chance to learn more about what it means to fulfill different societal roles, and provides them with a role-model that can get them excited to learn more about the world around them. We’ve had experts such as police officers, entrepreneurs, and authors share their skills with our guests, and it’s one of our favorite events to host.
We also have a variety of quick, weekly classes like Tinkerlab, Music Time or StoryTime. All events are added to a monthly calendar which can be found on our website, our mobile site, or at the museum!
Did you know we have a social narrative? A social narrative is a story that is written in simple language to help children plan for, and understand social interactions. Social narratives are written for families who have children on the autism spectrum, or any other special needs. Social narratives like ours can help pre-tech strategies to navigate social interactions. To prepare for a visit to the museum, our social narrative can help you and your family prepare ahead of time. This is another great resource that can help families enhance their visit! It can be found on