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Downtown Phoenix children’s museum celebrates 1st year

In this know99 video segment, learn about the first year of operation of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix located at 7th Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix seeks Monroe alums

Monroe School[Source: Phoenix Business Journal] — Alumni of downtown Phoenix’s Monroe School are being sought for a new project that will become an exhibition at Children’s Museum of Phoenix.  The Monroe School, 215 N. Seventh St., now houses the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, which opened in June 2008.  Museum artists are seeking those who attended the school during its operation from 1917 through 1973.  In addition, anyone who may have connections to the school or those with Monroe School photos or other items are being sought for the project.

The goal is to collect narratives from those who worked and played at the school.  Each memory will give insight into Monroe as a school, the city of Phoenix in its early days, as well as helping children understand that they are making history now.  Oral histories from alumni will be collected and translated into text to be mounted along with large scale photographs depicting life in the neighborhood during the years the Monroe School was in operation.  To share a story, contact: Claire West, development manager, via e-mail or phone 602-253-0501.

Downtown Phoenix children’s museum offers First Friday free admission

[Source: Arizona Republic] — The Children’s Museum of Phoenix will offer free admission during the first Friday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m., thanks to a $50,000 sponsorship from Target Corp.  The free admission, which will be for the rest of the year, coincides with downtown Phoenix’s monthly evening art walk.  During First Fridays, visitors walk though neighborhood galleries, browse crafts from vendors, and hang out in local bars and restaurants.  The museum is at 215 N. Seventh St.

Historic Monroe School reopens as Phoenix Children’s Museum

Located in the restored 1913 Monroe School building at 7th St. and Van Buren, the Phoenix Children’s Museum opened its doors in June 2008. The museum is a place where children can have fun and learn at the same time (and adults like it too). Take a peek inside in this know99 video.

Historic Monroe School reopens as Phoenix Children’s Museum

In this know99 television segment, the new Phoenix Children’s Museum is set to open in the 1913 Monroe School in downtown Phoenix.

Downtown Phoenix a happening place for kids

Third graders from Walker Butte Elementary in Queen Creek react to Arizona Science Center's interactive movie.  Photo David Wallace, Arizona Republic.[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — This summer, downtown Phoenix will have a slew of offerings for kids.  The Arizona Science Center recently added a $1.5 million weather-themed exhibit that has amusement park-style features.  And in June, the center will host Chronicles of Narnia, a traveling exhibition with props and costumes from the movie based on the C.S. Lewis books. 

The long-awaited Children’s Museum of Phoenix will open June 14.  Geared toward children 10 and younger, the 70,000-square-foot museum’s opening day exhibits will include an art studio, a miniature market, and a “carwash” for tricycles.  “Downtown Phoenix is more of a real destination for children and adults alike because there are so many more activities,” said Marion Wiener, spokeswoman for the children’s museum.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Soon-to-open Children’s Museum offers free online tickets

[Source: Lynn Ducey, Phoenix Business Journal] — The Children’s Museum of Phoenix will celebrate grand opening with free tickets to view the exhibits during its debut weekend, June 14-15.  The free tickets will allow timed entry to the museum, located at 215 N. Seventh St. in the historic Monroe School in downtown Phoenix.  The museum expects big crowds during the opening weekend and visitors are encouraged to get tickets online and then download and print them before arriving at the facility.  For tickets, click on the “Visit” tab here.

Phoenix children’s museum gets $1.15M in grants

Phoenix's Monroe School[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic] — The Children’s Museum of Phoenix landed a $900,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, museum officials said Thursday.  The museum also received a $250,000 donation from the family of former Attorney General Grant Woods.  Museum supporters have raised $8.1 million for the facility, which hopes to open June 14 in the historic Monroe School at Van Buren and Seventh streets.  The museum needs $12.3 million for construction and renovation work.  When it’s complete, the 55,000-square-foot museum will feature interactive exhibits for infants and children up to age 10.

The hands-on exhibits will include an art studio, a book loft, a “construction zone” for large-scale building and an area with 10,000 blocks, organizers say.  The museum expects to have 500,000 visitors each year, spokeswoman Marion Wiener said.  If the museum doesn’t make its fundraising goal, it won’t open, she added.  Museum officials are confident they’ll raise the necessary money.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]