We are the proud parents of two baby kiddos, ages three and one. Keeping them stimulated and entertained can be a challenge! We are always on the hunt for something new and fun to do. We recently traveled and had the opportunity to see what other cities offered their children and we realized that our community lacked a quality children's museum.
Wouldn't it be awesome, if there was a space in Riverside, that allowed children to learn about the world around them? A place where they could learn about phyiscs, chemistry, and biology. It could give them an opportunity to get hands on with STEM principles. It could even help them understand thecity they live in--it's history, contributions, and landscape.
That's when it hit us, "The Green Play Space"! My husband, who fought as a Marine in Afghanistan, immediately knew this was something we had to dedicate ourselves to doing. He has since resigned his current position in computers to take on this next mission.
Our vision is that The Green Play Space will be an accessible museum for the entire community. We plan to keep cost of participation minimal, so that no matter the income level, all children can come and enjoy learning here. It is our dream that parents can interact and engage with their children here, and help them learn about what the exhibits are teaching.
We will offer an indoor jungle gym around the perimiter of the museum, with hands on exhibits in the center of the space, as our starting off point. Exhibits will teach on traditional school ciriculum, along with new school cirriculum; ie STEM, Common Core, History, Literature, Art, and Music. We will offer programming for new parents to come with their babies and coach parents on how to teach while they play with their babies. We will offer classrooms/study space for homeschooling parents who want to get out of the house, or a student looking for a nice place to study. We also plan to have an outdoor water area where children can learn how to manipulate water, while also offering lessons on drought conservation and recycling lesson opprotunities.
We're not fanatics, but we do try to be eco-aware in what we do. We feel that this planet is a gift and it is our responsibility to help care for it as best we can. That starts, not only with understanding our environment, but respecting it. Our hope is to build this museum with as many recycled materials as possible. We want to employ solar power. We want landscaping done with indigenous plants to the area.
One concept is to build the museum out of shipping containers. It is preliminary, and we do not know what the final outcome will be for the building materials, but we are hopeful we can use them in some capacity.
We are literally starting from the ground up on this project. Right now we are hoping to raise enough money to put a down payment on a parcel of land and pay the architectural designers. That is where your generosity comes in.
If you believe in this project and what we are doing, please support us by pledging us. Thank you for taking the time to look through this.