ST. GEORGE, Utah - Kids in Southern Utah got a long anticipated fun zone Thursday. The St. George Children’s Museum opened its doors to the public.
Directors say it’s a project about 10 years in the making, and has come to life through the help of corporate and private donors, as well as community members volunteering their time and talents. Moms say it’s a day they’ve been waiting for since the sign was first placed on the historic Dixie College building.
“It’s a huge family community,” says St. George mom Joelle Taylor. “The kids have had so much fun… and there’s a lot of learning opportunities.”
Before Thursday, families had to travel to Salt Lake or Las Vegas for a children’s museum. If some of the exhibits look familiar, it’s because many of them came from the Discovery Children’s Museum in Las Vegas.
“You wait so long to see it enjoyed by children,” says museum marketing director Tonya Christensen. “To see those little eyes, I had a little girl walk up to me in the stair well and she just said, ‘This is the best day ever.’ And it just made my day.”
Exhibits on the main floor feature different careers in a mock town. Those careers include among others, a post office, farm, bank, and grocery store.
The lower level is dedicated to science, art and general education, with exhibits in music, highlighting desert animals, and a science lab.
The museum currently operates Thursday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and on Monday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for museum members.
For now, admission is free, but children are not admitted without an adult, and vice versa. More information on the museum can be found on their website.