IPAL Exhibit

Children’s Museum hosts mobile Native American exhibit

In collaboration with the California Indian Museum & Cultural Center (CIMCC), the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County (CMOSC) will host a CIMCC-designed exhibit for three months focused on physical play and free to campus visitors.

CIMCC recently received a grant to fund an Indigenous Play for Active Lives project (IPAL). IPAL, an interactive and portable sidewalk display exhibit, will engage kids and families in fun tribal and non-tribal exercises/activities (i.e. jumping jacks, hip hop dancing, hoop and pole, active storytelling) while teaching them to sing, count and speak in local Native languages.

IPAL’s purpose is to promote healthy kids and families by fostering active play and awareness and knowledge of local Native cultures, showcasing the importance of physical activity and cultural connectivity to health. The display exhibit was developed by Native American youth in collaboration with CIMCC and CMOSC staff, and outside technical advisors. CMOSC will host the exhibit on the sidewalk outside of its facility for three months beginning on February 6, 2016. Access to IPAL will be free of charge for visitors.  Afterwards, it will travel to other sites throughout the greater Bay Area.


California Indian Museum & Cultural Center is a 100% Indian owned and operated nonprofit center in Santa Rosa, California.

The purpose of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center is to culturally enrich and benefit the people of California and the general public. The goals of the Museum and Cultural Center are to educate the public about California Indian history and cultures, to showcase California Indian cultures, to enhance and facilitate these cultures and traditions through educational and cultural activities, to preserve and protect California Indian cultural and intellectual properties, and to develop relationships with other indigenous groups.

For more information, please visit cimcc.org.

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County is a non-profit organization located at 1835 West Steele Lane in Santa Rosa, California.

The museum invites children and their families from all walks of life to explore and learn about science, art and the natural world. The museum includes an indoor science and imagination gallery, a tot area, a private birthday party and event venue, an arts center, as well as outdoor exhibits that showcase the diversity of Sonoma County, including a scale Russian River, stand of redwood trees, farm area and interactive butterfly garden.

The mission of the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County’s is to inspire children’s creativity and stimulate their curiosity to discover the world through playful exploration of the arts and sciences.

For more information, visit www.cmosc.org.

Press Release

February 9, 2016

Collette Michaud, CEO
Children’s Museum of Sonoma County
Tel: 707-546-4069


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