Valley Children's Museum embraces STEAM programming because we believe it directly addresses the need for play based educational programs in our region. We exist to provide fun, meaningful interactions for children and their friends, adults, schools and the 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 also believe that a community-based museum must reflect the true diversity and scope of the area in which it resides.
To serve as a community resource that provides opportunities for children, families, educators and parenting groups to learn about themselves and the world around them in a creative, noncommercial environment.
To provide an enriching atmosphere in which to explore a multitude of cultures.
To provide access to all children and caregivers regardless of ethnicity, disability, or economic status.
To provides teens and seniors in the community volunteer opportunities.
“Having a local place where I can take my children to explore and play is fantastic.
We love the volunteers, they are really focused on the children. "
Tips for Parents when visiting a children's museum
While it may be tempting to nudge your child along so that the family can see every exhibit and participate in every activity in order to get the full “value” of the museum, your child may equate quality rather than quantity as the best indicator of time well spent. So go ahead and let your children explore just one or two exhibits.
Ages 3 - 10
One of the best ways to do this is by asking questions that don’t require a yes or no response. Such as:
What do you think will happen next?
Why do you think the (object) works that way?
After you leave the children’s museum, you may find yourselves in a place that reminds you of an exhibit. Use these moments to reflect with your children about the museum experience and how it compares with the present environment. Be prepared for some surprising discoveries!