In the famous words of the great Dr. Seuss, “You have brains in your head, and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
The Children’s Museum of
Northern Nevada came to a crossroads in mid-March and has taken a stand and
shifted to the direction they choose! In response to the worldwide shut down
the Carson City museum’s doors were locked and staff prepared for a temporary
closure. What has come of it has created a new energy and transformation of the
When asked to elaborate on these
changes, Executive Director Christine Brandon said, "We are doing a lot of
remodeling, relocating, refurbishing, updating, and deep cleaning. This is an
inside out change going on here," she said. "We're simplifying
cleaning things up. Tactile
learning is what it’s all about, an interactive, hands-on focus will be felt
throughout the entire museum."
The Museum is making no
income without admissions and yet, Brandon and the Museum’s Board of Directors,
with Jennifer Merideth at the helm, chose to make the very best of their time
to focus on key projects and to rebranding the community non- profit. The
feeling of the Museum has a surge of excitement, enthusiasm, and is eagerly
waiting for all of the children and families to return and have hands on fun in
a welcoming environment for kids to ... be KIDS!
With change comes expense.
Without admissions the Museum is relying solely on volunteers, grants, and
donations. Board President, Merideth, "This is a true community-based
organization." What CMNN really needs right now, in lieu of absent
admissions and memberships, are donations. Small or large, any amount helps
this treasured place to continue to serve the children of our region.” Merideth
went on to say, "I know there are people in this community who love this
Museum, and they may not fully understand the financial position that the
Museum is in, or what it takes to run this giant building," Merideth said.
"That's why we hope to encourage the community to take a second look."
The team comprised of
Brandon, the museum staff, and the Board of Directors is also working hard to
raise additional funding with an online fundraiser at,
merchandise for all sizes, with the new branded logo. Ten dollars of every item
purchased comes directly back to the Museum. Donations can be made by going online
to www.cmnn.org or writing to: The Children's Museum of Northern Nevada, 813 N.
Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701. Also call 775-884-2226 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in donating time as a volunteer. In
addition, a fundraising event, The first annual Pure Imagination Gala, is
scheduled for Sept. 18 inside the Casino Fandango Ballroom in Carson City. The
event is Willie Wonka themed and will feature Jacques the Magician. Doors open
at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per ticket.