Discover! Children’s Museum (DCM) strongly believes that encouraging imaginative and fun activities leads to meaningful developmental growth. The value of such Children’s facilities is well known around the world. Because DCM provides shared experiences for the entire family, more memorable discoveries and learning can easily happen. There are few family activity facilities in Lewis County and during winter months there are even fewer. Many families travel outside our county to take in family fun coupled with educational opportunities.
This problem was clearly understood by the Chehalis Community Renaissance Team study because a children’s museum was integrated into their 2009 Comprehensive Plan for the area. Since then, the original DCM concept team and additional volunteers formed a children’s museum advisory group and became a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Our Pilot Museum Project was launched in 2013. This was a test program and was only intended to be open for six months. With much better participation than had been forecasted, the pilot was open eleven months and made a small profit. As with many leading children’s museums, the wisdom of incorporating a high-quality preschool also became evident. The need for affordable or “free for qualifying families” early learning programs in Lewis County is significant. Less than 34% of area kids entering the school systems are “kindergarten ready” as assessed by kindergarten teachers. Discover! Children’s Museum intends to provide a distinguishing place for an early learning partner program inside the new facility.
Today we are fundraising to build the permanent Discover! Children’s Museum. We have achieved 60% of our funding and we appreciate your continued support. You can learn more about us throughout our website.