Statement on Children’s Discovery Museum

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mr. Speaker, according to Fred Rogers, famed educator and children’s TV host:
. . . play is a way for children to learn who they are, how the world works, solve problems and express feelings. Yes, play is the real work of childhood.

The recently opened Children’s Discovery Museum in Saskatoon provides a wonderful venue for children and their families to engage in this important work of childhood. The Children’s Discovery Museum on the Saskatchewan is the not-for-profit charitable organization that operates the museum. The museum’s mission is to foster creativity, curiosity, and a lifelong love of learning in children 10 and under through hands-on exhibits, programming, and outreach.

After spending a very successful summer in 2008 operating as a travelling museum in Saskatoon, the board decided it was critical to get the doors open on its first permanent space. With the support of donors and sponsors and the hard work and dedication of volunteers, the organization opened its current facility in Market Mall this past May. The museum is roughly 2,000 square feet and features three permanent exhibits — a vet clinic, a northern Saskatchewan campsite, and a performance arts stage. In addition they offer several smaller activities and a variety of workshops and other programming.
The board is pleased with its success, but it is also looking down the road to the third phase of its growth — building or renovating a large state-of-the-art facility in a downtown location. An expanded facility will allow the Children’s Discovery Museum to develop a greater range of exhibits and programs which reflect our heritage here in Saskatchewan, our culture, and our landscape. This broader range of exhibits will draw families into the city centre and become a major tourist attraction in Saskatoon, benefiting local businesses and the city’s economy but most importantly, Saskatoon families.

I ask all members to join me in congratulating the Children’s Discovery Museum on its success in opening the 10th children’s museum in Canada, and encouraging the board to continue to work on its long-term goal of building a destination attraction and a family space in downtown Saskatoon

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