Posted On : 4/21/2008 by Angella d’Avignon
The Children’s Museum has always stood apart as a beacon in San Diego culture – hosting lectures, promoting community, not to mention being one of the most interactive hands-on museums that made adults jealous it was made for kids.
Now freshly redesigned with protecting the environment in mind, the new Children’s Museum San Diego (CMSD) is introducing innovative architecture to the Downtown San Diego community. On May 4 the museum is celebrating their grand re-opening by throwing a free day long block party called ThinkPlayCreate.
While children and adults alike explore the new space, the San Diego Youth Symphony and Eveoke Dance Theatre will perform. Lots of giveaways, interactive family fun, and creative activities will be among highlights of this event.
CMSD is one of the first green museums in California. Redesigned specifically as an eco-conscious building, the museum stands as a perfect example of sustainable design. The new structure uses recycled materials, water-saving devices, and natural daylight.
It also features a three story atrium, a 17-foot concrete entrance bridge, and a glass-enclosed elevator shaft that functions as a heating and cooling tower. Across the museum is a newly created triangle-shaped park designed by Martin Poirier, designer of the Getty’s gardens in Los Angeles.
Following opening remarks by Mayor Jerry Sanders and others, undoubtedly the best part of the day will be the Grand Opening Kids Parade. Students will be the first to cross the “floating” glass bridge to experience the museum’s first exhibit, Childsplay, at the new center for imagination and ingenuity.
The new Children’s Museum San Diego will begin the ThinkPlayCreate festivities at noon, lasting until 4pm. To learn more about the new museum and sustainable design visit childrensmuseumsd.org. And for a complete schedule of activities, visit thinkplaycreate.org.