The Sacramento Children’s Museum (SCM) was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 2005.
It is the vision of a local mom, Kathleen Palley, who saw the need for inspiring learning through interactivity. SCM seeks to build an environment in which learning is exciting and enriching for children and their families and facilitated through exploration and hands-on activities. The desire in Sacramento to build a children's museum was so great, that the organization quickly grew to include local business-people, children's advocates, educators, physicians, attorneys, librarians, and others. This group embarked on a journey to determine how to best meet the needs of the children in our community, birth to eight years of age, and the 7,000 square foot Sacramento Children's Museum is the result. The Museum opened to the public on August 25, 2011. There are currently nine members on the SCM's board of directors, as well as ten advisory board members.
SCM strongly believes that play is an essential part of a child’s “work.” Imaginative, hands-on environments provide children with a gateway for opening up their minds to developing new abilities, building confidence, and making connections between their dreams and real world experiences. SCM opened with several exciting interactive areas for exploring, playing, and learning:
•In “Waterways” children experiment with the flow of water, race boats, and create whirlpools.
•In “Airways” children and adults interact and explore how various objects are affected by air currents.
•“My Neighborhood” encourages role playing and celebrating unique family traditions and cultural awareness.
•“Studio of the Arts” features hands-on art projects.
•“Baby Bloomers” is for children under 3 years old to enjoy safe exploration.
•In “Raceways” visitors will have a ball playing with velocity, gravity, motion, friction, and acceleration.