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CuriousCITY at the Victor Valley Museum

San Bernardino County, CA
Program Year: 2018

CuriousCITY opened at the Victor Valley Museum, a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum, in August, 2017. The space is a hands-on environment for children 0-5 that encourages pretend play in a kid-sized small town within the Victor Valley Museum, a branch of the San Bernardino County Museum. The playspace was created to provide a greatly needed resource in the area to support the nurturing of a healthy community. It is designed to be a spot where parents meet and share parenting experiences while interacting with their children, and for key developmental experiences to take place for this young constituency. Motor skills, learning, and social interactions are encouraged in an atmosphere of fun, imagination, and make-believe. Building structures, games, puzzles, art and reading activities contribute to the development of age-level skills. As a space separate from the museum’s other exhibits, younger children can safely play without the tumult that can occur when the room is shared with older children. According to San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair, Robert Lovingood, “CuriousCITY provides an opportunity for fun and learning – and for families to create great memories. The Victor Valley Museum highlights local history, mining, Native American artifacts, natural history and now we have a special place just for children 5 and under. So there’s something for everyone.”

Ms. Melissa Russo
Museum Director