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.
•THE TOWN: A kid-sized make-believe town where children can shop in a grocery store, play act as a doctor or dentist, film themselves for the local news station, role play as a banker or a teacher and visit a local medical clinic. It’s educational, immersive, and entertaining for kids of all ages.
•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.
•THE THEATER: CLOSED AT THIS TIME DUE TO COVID-19 – A stage with costumes, props and unlimited opportunities for imaginative play.
•THE SALON: Design and style is put into the hands of children as they imagine and create hair styles that dazzle.
•SENSORY SENSITIVE AREA: This area is specifically designed for children that have sensory challenges, 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.
•THE DIG PIT:Due to COVID-19 our Dig Pit has been re-designed to offer a car exhibit Kids pretend to dig in our kid-friendly mess-free sand box. Granulated rubber provides a great tactile experience as well.
•BUILDING ZONE: Families come together to build anything, limited only by their imaginations, using Lincoln logs, blocks, Legos and more. Your creativity does the rest!
•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.
Meet Our Staff
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 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.