Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve been getting a lot of questions as we get closer to opening the doors of our new location!  Here are the answers to some of the most common ones:

When will it be open?

Our grand opening will be on Saturday, November 18th from 10:00 to 5:00.  You can find our Facebook event page Here

If you want to get a sneak peek before we’re officially open, we’ll be hosting a pre-opening party on Sunday, November 12th from 10:00-1:00 to thank the donors to our GoFundMe campaign.  Follow this link to make your donation: https://www.gofundme.com/DSMchildrensmuseum

What will the hours be?

Monday 9-12:30

Thursday 5 – 7:30

Saturday 10-5

Sunday 11-5

How much will admission cost?

$4.50 for children 1-10

Punch cards will be $20 for 5 admissions

No admission is required for children under 1 or adults, but donations are very much appreciated

Where in the mall are you located?

We are on the 2nd floor on the Food Court side of the mall, across from Bath & Body Works.  The closest entrance is the one next to Noodles And Company.

Can I volunteer?

Yes!  We are making a list of potential volunteers now.  Click Here to be added to the list.   We hope eventually be able to expand our open hours when we have a reliable group of volunteers.

Can I donate toys or other items?

Yes, we are happy to accept donations of gently used children’s items!  We particularly want:

  • Children’s tables and chairs
  • Play food or dishes
  • Play-Doh toys, especially rolling pins and scissors
  • Doctor’s Office toys
  • Art Supplies: Paper, crayons, markers, paint brushes
  • Music Toys
  • Books
  • Wooden Trains and Tracks
  • Baby Toys

If you have other items you think we may be interested in, send an email to dsmchildren@gmail.com

We don’t have regular hours yet, so send us an email to arrange to drop them off at our space at the mall, or we are happy to pick up.

 

 

We Need A Trailer!

We’re so excited to be making our first public appearance on Friday, May 12th at Food Truck Friday at Campbell Park in Clive!  We hope to see you there for food, music, and a chance to check out part of our summer traveling exhibit, “Let’s Play Outside!”  We’ll have our play campsite, a water table, and a garden sensory table for the kids to enjoy, and Julie and I will be there to answer questions.

Why only part of the exhibit, not the whole thing? Because it turns out our ideas are much bigger than our minivans.  We’ve had such a great response on social media, and so much interest from events wanting to host our exhibit, that we’ve expanded our plans enough that we need a trailer to haul it all!   We’ll be doing several events over the next few weeks with different parts of the exhibit, which brings us to our big news:

Mark your calendars for June 9th, from 4:30-6:30!  We’ll be having a launch party and fundraiser in partnership with the Heritage Carousel in Union Park!  Plan to join us to ride the wonderful Heritage Carousel, and to see “Let’s Play Outside!” all together for the very first time!  We’ll be raising money for a trailer, and celebrating the beginning of a very exciting summer!  We’ll have more details out soon!

 

Survey Results!

In the last 11 days, 705 of you have taken our survey.  Without further ado, here are the results!

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Almost 90% of our survey-takers have visited a Children’s Museum before.  I suppose it isn’t too surprising that people who would take our survey overlap quite a bit with children’s museum visitors.  We have lots of interest from people who have visited children’s museums, we’ll need to expand our audience to those who haven’t by showing them how wonderful a children’s museum can be! Continue reading “Survey Results!”

WOW!

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All I can say is WOW!  We are overwhelmed and delighted by the response to our website and facebook page going public.  We weren’t sure how much enthusiasm and excitement to expect, so we are very excited to see how quickly word has been spreading.   I woke up this morning to find that over 600 of you are following our facebook page, more than 500 have taken our survey, and 160 have followed our blog!  Continue reading “WOW!”