About the Museum

The Don and Barbara Smith Children’s Museum exists to further Center in the Square’s mission to enhance education, economic development and quality of life. Kids Square offers interactive exploration opportunities for children and families in a playful environment, allowing children to learn through hands-on experience and pretend play.

Exhibits include:

THE TOWN

Sponsored by American Electric Foundation

Role play as a banker, teacher, cashier, doctor, dentist, vet and more in our kids size town.

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THE FOREST

Tree forts, a rock climbing wall, hobbit houses and camping are just a few of the activities that will get little ones moving.

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THE THEATER

While dress-up is off limits at this time, the stage is still ready for imaginative play.

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SENSORY HIDEOUTS

Sponsored by The Smith Family and Wells Fargo

These areas are specifically designed for our sensory sensitive friends but can be enjoyed by children of any age or development level. Cause and effect lighting, dim atmosphere and tactile walls are options to help generate involvement.

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THE DIG PIT

Due to COVID-19 our Dig Pit has been re-designed to offer a car exhibit.

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BUILDING ZONE

Sponsored by Wisler Plumbing and Roanoke Valley Construction

Use the materials provided to build and run pipes to help create a one of a kind structure. 

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RESTAURANT

Sponsored by Farmburguesa

Take the role of chef or waitress/waiter.

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ICE CREAM SHOP

Sponsored by Blue Cow Ice Cream

Scoop up some of your favorite flavors and share with your friends.  It’s all pretend of course.

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STEAMVENTION

Sponsored by Once Upon A Child Electric Road

Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Mathematics take center stage here.  It’s a favorite for those creative minds.

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GLOW ROOM

Enjoy the wonder and magic of glow in the dark hands-on activities.

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CALL 8-1-1

CLOSED AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID-19 – Learn how important it is to “Call before you dig” from this interactive exhibit. 

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Meet Our Staff

Felicia Branham

Felicia Branham

Executive Director

Felicia is an educator that has been creating programs and designing spaces specifically for children since 2005. She has received local and regional awards for character and community partnership. It is her personal passion to educate, and she believes there is nothing more rewarding than children learning through hands-on play. She is excited to be a part of the design, creation, and operation of the museum.

Veronika Geier

Veronika Geier

Educator

Veronika was born and raised in Germany. She received two degrees in Early Childhood Education in 1987 and moved to the United States in 1998. She has used her creativity to educate and teach in preschools and after school programs. As a mother of two children, Veronika is very passionate and excited to be a part of creating the exhibits and educational programming for Kids Square.