The Children’s Museum of Pooler, located at Tanger Outlet near Old Navy, opened up last March, but had to close for a month because of the COVID-19 lockdown. Now the museum is operating again and offering a variety of daily activities for children and their families to engage in.
"We’re trying to put a lot more programs in place," said Crys Daniles, Director of Education and Outreach. "We’re trying to have something each day and we’re slowly working towards that as we train our staff. But the kids really seem to enjoy it and we’re trying to make it fun and educational at the same time."
Besides summer camps, the museum is offering fun events like Artsy Smartsy for budding artists, Toddler Tuesday for children under age 4, STEM Saturdays, sensory friendly sessions with therapy dogs, Christmas in July with a visit from Santa Claus, and Move It and Shake It to get children exercising.
One of the more education focused activities is Random Acts of Science, which occurs every Friday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
"We just choose different topics to explore and do a little mini-lesson on it," Daniels explained.
This week, for example, children can learn about the melting point of ice and salt.
"We try to do small groups," Daniels continued. "If there is a big crowd we’ll try to do more than one demonstration, so we’ll just ask them to come back after a few minutes and we’ll do another one."
The program is included in regular admission which is $9 for the day and free for children under 12 months.
"All ages can really enjoy it, but four and up will probably get the most out of Random Acts of Science," explained Daniels.
"Our play facilitators are really great at talking to each child at their level, so during their demonstration they will try to either bring it down to simpler terms for a smaller child or introduce some bigger things to the older kids in the same lesson. That’s why I say all kids can get something out of the lesson even if they don’t understand all of it. We try to reach them all somehow."
Families can also enjoy the museum’s regular exhibits like Diary of a Hammerhead, Gone Fishing, Little Sprout’s Market, Under Construction, Young at Art, Grains of Sand, Lego Time, Color & Light, and the Discovery Center.
To ensure a safe play environment, the museum requires adults and children over 10 to wear a mask, with exceptions for people with medical concerns to wearing the masks and for children with sensory concerns.
Other precautions include temperature checks and hand washing/sanitizer stations. The museum also ensures that surfaces are cleaned regularly during business hours by the staff, and a professional cleaning service deep cleans the facility after business hours.