OAKHURST — The Children’s Museum of the Sierra opened its doors on Saturday, June 15 for the annual Carnival day, featuring games, arts and crafts, interactive educational activities and free entry to the hands-on discovery center.
Representatives from Cal Fire, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, Sierra Ambulance and other community organizations were on hand to enhance the experience for the families who came from the foothills and beyond to play at the museum.
Open year round, the Children’s Museum of the Sierra offers young people ages 2 – 12 and their families the opportunity to explore, imagine, create, make choices and learn by doing.
This museum has not only become a popular place where teachers, parents and community members can assist and interact with children in a positive environment, it’s also a popular destination for many vacation itineraries. The 4,000-square-foot museum is a fascination station for all to enjoy.
Not a collecting museum in the traditional sense, CMOS uses teaching collections, providing objects to be handled, learned from and explored by the inquisitive participants.
The museum was founded in 1995 by a group of parents and individuals interested in bringing specialized programs to young people of the mountain community.
The hands-on exhibits can be categorized as teaching scientific principles or allowing the children to learn about the world around them through dramatic play or artistic expression.