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Reopening Details

We are grateful for our Members' patience during this time of closure.

June 2nd - June 12th is reserved for members only!

If you do not know your CMSC membership number, please email Lizzie@skagitcm.org.

Beginning June 16th, we will be opening the museum to visitors and members. 
Throughout the month of June, reservations are required for all museum visits.
Click here to become a member now!
Reservations are required to visit the Museum beginning June 2nd.
We are open 4 days/week for 2 hour sessions:
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
Saturday
9:30am-11:30am, 12:30pm-2:30pm or 3:30pm-5:30pm
  • Members only from June 2nd-June 12th. You will need your membership number to make a reservation and will need to bring your membership card or ID when you check-in. 
    • Membership covers all children that live in the home and any adults that bring them.
    • Please do not bring guests at this time.
  • Space is limited; you will need to reserve a spot for all adults, children and infants in your group.
  • Contact information for each person is required for contact tracing purposes. 
  • We ask that you only book one session per week, so that all member families have a chance to visit the Museum.
  • You will also be able to make reservations by phone when we have staff in the Museum. 360.757.8888. In-person, day-of walk-in reservations are available but space is not guaranteed.
Click here to reserve a session!
Masks will be required when visiting
Masks are required for visitors 3+, even if vaccinated.
  • We will provide a disposable mask for you if you do not have one.
  • Masks/face coverings must be cloth or disposable medical masks, fully cover the nose and mouth, and be worn the duration of your visit both indoors and out.
  • Medical exemptions, mesh masks, gators, bandanas, face shields and masks with vents are not accepted.
  • This is in alignment with other children's museums in WA state and with public schools, under guidance from the Association of Children's Museums and as mandated by local and state government.
Waiver
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a very contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and visitors with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By reserving tickets, you acknowledge that you understand and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 for all.
Reopening,  Reservations & What Lies Ahead!

After more than a year of closure, it was wonderful to open our doors again on Wednesday, June 2! Our thanks to everyone who has made reservations, come to play, navigated the new rules and restrictions and made it such a joy to have families playing in the Museum again this week! The sound of children's voices has just been magical to hear.

We will continue to use our current registration platform through June 12th at which time we will need to change to one that will accept both free (Member) and paid (Non Member) registrations to see us through the end of June. The information and links will be available next week.

With plans moving ahead to see Washington State fully open after June 30th, we look forward to seeing what that will mean for children's museums. Like schools, due to our visitors being too young for vaccinations, and the high-touch nature of our business, expect that we will still need to operate under slightly different rules and guidelines. We appreciate your support and cooperation as we move ahead.

Our operations, rules and procedures are based on the recommendations of the Skagit County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control (updated 4/5/2021) and Healthy Washington Reopening Guidance for Museums (updated 3/19/2021), the Association for Children's Museums and World Health Organizations and are in alignment with other children's museums in WA state and with public schools. Dates and procedures may change because of mandates or directives. We're monitoring the updates in WA State, and will make adjustments accordingly when we know of the latest guidance.

We’ll continue to post updates on our website, including the Covid-19 page, and on Facebook. If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director Cate Anderson via email: Cate@skagitcm.org or by phone: 360-770-9746.
The Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks are back and ready for you to build with!

In the Community

  • CMSC had a booth at the Mount Vernon Farmer's Market last Saturday and it was so much fun!  It was great to be out in the community, seeing familiar faces and meeting new families. 
  • We were recently made aware of an accident that took place on a local playground, from a sliding incident. With so many folks flocking to parks in the warm spring weather, we wanted to include Danica's blog from Skagit County here
  • Big congratulations to two of our staff members who graduate from High School in the coming week! Maddie and Lexi have been a part of the museum for much of their lives, and most recently as returning and highly valued CMSC team members. We want to extend our heartfelt wishes to them in their future endeavors!
  • Still need your COVID vaccine? You can get one at the Skagit County Fairgrounds (details here) or one of the many pop-up events hosted by the Skagit County Public Health... you might even see us there! Skagit County Public Health has contracted with the Children’s Museum of Skagit County in order to provide a Play Zone or other activities for children on some clinic days.

Salmon Update

Our salmon are growing! Did you get to see them this week? What stage do you think they are at now?
Catch the latest video from Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group here! We have watched our salmon hatch and grow through their juvenile stages... and now it is their time to be released into the wild! We will also finish our story, read by Rich, as we celebrate the salmon circle of life with you

Activities @Home

Have you visited our YouTube channel lately? CMSC's Teacher Emily has been busy making and uploading videos of craft and science activities that you can try at home! And our friends at the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group are sharing videos and activities about our new batch of salmon eggs - watch for regular updates as our salmon hatch and grow! 
  • Make It & Take It - there are THREE activities uploaded to our YouTube channel and we'll be posting materials lists on our website in the Camps & Classes section. Click here for the Make It & Take It YouTube playlist!
  • Science Saturday or Any Day - thanks to a grant from Shell Puget Sound Refinery we have some great science activities to share! Check out the YouTube playlist here and our website for activity instruction sheets.
  • Tales from the Tank - follow and learn about the hatching, growth and development of our salmon with the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group videos and activities! This week, learn about how our salmon tank is kept clean and healthy for our salmon with Colin Apt from The Photic Zone! Click here to watch Tales from the Tank. We have also been given the OK to keep a few salmon through the end of the year so that you can watch them continue to grow after we open.
  • Online Resources
    • Check out the NASA YouTube Channel for everything space, science & Perserverence! 
    • Our new favorite web app is a map that demonstrates drainages - Click here to open River Runner then tap to drop a raindrop anywhere on the contiguous United States and watch where that water ends up!
    • Why Music Matters: The Importance of Singing Together During the Early Years: Join Carnegie Hall and Too Small to Fail, the early childhood initiative of the Clinton Foundation, for a webinar on May 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT. The event will be a fun, family-friendly celebration of music! Discover why music and singing are so important, and then learn how to write your own lullaby with Carnegie Hall Lullaby Teaching Artist, Saskia Lane! You'll also receive resources and tips on ways to continue to make music at home. Click to Register.
  • Get Vroom-ing - Vroom Tips™ help you do more with your shared moments. Add learning to mealtime, bathtime, bedtime, or anytime with 1,000+ fun, free activities. Learn more at vroom.org
  • Parent Cafe is back! Hosted by Welcome Baby Skagit, United Way of Skagit County and the Children's Council of Skagit County, Parent Cafe is an invaluable resource for parents! Find the next Parent Cafe by following Welcome Baby Skagit on Facebook.

CMSC on YouTube - Sponsored by Banner Bank

Join museum educator Emily for Part 2 of our rainbow-themed
Science Saturday or Any Day program!
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Check out what our YouTube Channel has to offer!
Put some Science Saturday or Any Day into your meals!
Try a Make It & Take It @Home activity!
Get moving and stretching with Ms. Jill's preschool yoga!
See all the other cool channels we follow!

Click here to go to our channel!

Reminders

  • Members get a discount in our online store! Enter CMSCMembers10 in the coupon code area at check out!

Support CMSC

Did you know that you can support CMSC when you shop? Designate the Children's Museum of Skagit County with the following businesses:
  • Amazon Smile - same products, same prices, same service! Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to CMSC. Thanks to you, we have received nearly $1000 in donations from Amazon Smile!
  • Fred Meyer Community Rewards - Fred Meyer donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Fred Meyer Community Rewards organizations.
  • Other ways to support - direct donations, sponsorships and gifts in kind are always welcome. Contact us to learn more.


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