It's been quite the year for us all. Now more than ever, children and the child in us all need a safe space to discover and play. We at Chesapeake Children's Museum (CCM) are grateful for the thoughtful donations that have come our way, but our efforts to keep play in the hands of children continue.
So far, over 2,000 art kits have been assembled and delivered across our home of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Our fourth NEA Big Read moved virtually and included book discussions, watch parties, and distributing 1,000 books for children and adults around a theme of anti-racism.
The Judy Center at Hilltop Elementary in Glen Burnie used CCM for several virtual field trips for children who are schooling at home. Our Girl Scout workshops are now offered online with Girl Scouts participating from states near and far -- one D.C.-area family had their Girl Scout Zoom in with us from Berlin, Germany!
The eroding wooden sculptures near the picnic tables have been repurposed as mosaic tile stepping stones as part of the Culture Carriers exhibit. Indoor exhibit pieces include replicas of traditional Mesoamerican clothing and artifacts, along with a video which will be accessible on our webpage. We invite the CCM community to share their stories, images, and artifacts to contribute to our understanding of how culture is carried by people from place to place.
Other exhibit makeovers include a look at the 1918 influenza pandemic and healthy habits to move us safely through Covid-19.
Work will soon begin on the Welcome Way project -- including improvements to the parking area so that it's pedestrian and eco-friendly. Hands on exhibits about the natural world will be installed along a walkway. It has become even more important for children to spend time outside.
For 2021, we plan to implement more outdoor features to encourage families to enjoy the five-acre park around CCM. We anticipate continuing our virtual visits, workshops, and activities to deliver services remotely.Please consider a tax deductible donation to support our museum and our ongoing projects.