New children’s museum opens on the North Shore

A long-awaited attraction on the North Shore finally opens its doors to families this weekend. The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany celebrates its grand opening on Saturday and Sunday, after years in the making.

The new children’s museum will open at its interim location at the Tammany Trace Trailhead at 21404 Koop Drive. According to a release, the public can now purchase timed admission tickets for entry during opening weekend. Tickets can be purchased for two-hour sessions during specific time periods on Saturday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 21 from cmstkids.org.

Tickets during the opening weekend period are limited to “preserve the guest experience” and must be purchased in advance, the museum said. Regular business hours and admission will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany will feature exhibits primarily appealing to toddlers through early childhood-aged children and will offer special programming for older children.

Executive director Amy Fresh says the exhibits offer exciting learning tools for kids to experience.

Fresh says two of the most exciting exhibits include a supermarket and a diner where kids can get some hands-on fun. At the supermarket, kids can pick up their own groceries and check them out at the cash register. Children can also test out a diner where they can select their meal from the menu and see how to prepare it.

“It allows them to learn while using their imagination,” Fresh said.

Other fun exhibits include a climbing wall, an 8-foot magnetic ball wall and even an exhibit where kids can experience what it’s like to build their own rollercoaster. Fresh says parents should also look for great sensory activities for younger toddlers.

Board of trustees president Lisa Barnett said she’s excited to kick off things in their start-up location.

“We are excited to kick off 2018 in our first home,” Barnett said in a release. “We are absolutely thrilled to begin operations and welcome the children, families and community to our startup location. We are thankful to the Tammany Trace Foundation and St. Tammany Parish Government for inviting us to be a part of their ‘Kids Town’ project.”

The Children’s Museum of St. Tammany’s regular hours of operation will be Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will close on Mondays. Admission is $7 for any guest over 12 months of age. A limited number of charter memberships are available. A 10-visit “Play Pass” is also available for patrons.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.

Photo courtesy: Children’s Museum of St. Tammany

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