Children’s Museum to Celebrate 3rd Anniversary With Free Community Day of Play

Children play around with the V.I. Children's Museum's augmented reality wall at the museum's temporary location after last year's storms. (Photo provided by V.I. Children's Museum)
Children play around with the V.I. Children’s Museum’s augmented reality wall at the museum. (Photo provided by V.I. Children’s Museum)

The Virgin Islands Children’s Museum (VICM) will host its Annual Community Day of Play on March 16 this year to mark the third anniversary in its new home. It has been a long and challenging recovery, and the museum has much to celebrate.

All are invited to join the VI Children’s Museum in celebrating this amazing milestone with a Free Community Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Fintrac, Virgin Islands Council on the Arts and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands.

Now located in Buccaneer Mall Havensight, the museum will be open for free on Saturday, March 16, hosting demonstrations and talks by Dr. David Smith, VI-EPSCoR and VI Marine Advisory Service. There will also be a variety of fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)-based activities.

“We feel that this is the most impactful way to commemorate our anniversary, as we are able to not only provide the opportunity to introduce new visitors to the museum and its experience, but also synergistically inspire children to participate in STEAM programs and career paths through our collaboration with community partners,” said Sarah Hughes, executive director.

After losing their original location during hurricanes Irma and Maria, the museum has been rebuilt thanks the generosity of individuals, local businesses, foundations, organizations and volunteers.

VICM’s mission is to bring children and families together in an interactive educational space where dynamic play inspires a love of learning and the power of discovery.

Admission on the free day is first-come, first-served; it is limited by the museum’s capacity.