♥ Sponsored by Marilyn & Henry Hansel
The Family Resource Center is a no shoe zone to protect exhibits and let little ones feel the different materials on their feet as they explore the area. The entry will invite visitors to take off their shoes and store them neatly in the cubbies provided below mushroom shaped seating benches. Enter TOTtopia through a delightful picket fence and gate designed to keep little ones safely inside and older ones safely out.
As children’s museums attract parents for children aged ten and younger, they have a unique opportunity to provide wrap-around support for both children and their caregivers. The goal of the Parent Resource Center is to offer information, support and resources that help families serve as nurturers, teachers and role models for their children. It also provides guidance for individual parent concerns and to strengthen community connections that help families support one another and work together for children. Additionally, the Parent Resource Center is a place where children can dictate stories to caregivers or Museum workers. Their words are typed into a storybook maker software program and then can be printed out and illustrated by the child. Museum workers can assist in helping to assemble the simple books.