Museums for all
The Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge (CMOR) has joined Museums for All, an exclusive access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM).
The program assists those receiving Food Assistance Benefits (SNAP) to visit CMOR for free, for up to four people per EBT card per visit, with presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card and photo ID.
RMC will continue its longstanding free admission program for residents of Oak Ridge’s historic Highland View neighborhood. Museums for All is part of CMOR’s overall commitment to seek out, include and welcome all audiences. CMOR is the first museum in the greater Knoxville area to offer this program and is one of seven museums in Tennessee to participate. Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS) provided the donation that enabled CMOR to join Museums for All.
“The SNC is a big supporter of the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum and is pleased to have contributed to this process. By joining Museums for All, the Children’s Museum will reach more children and adults and expand its programs and exhibits to many people who cannot afford to attend regularly, if at all,” said Gene Sievers, interim president and CEO of CNS. and Y-12 Site Manager said in a press release.
For more information on museums for everyone, see https://museums4all.org/.
Blue Star Museum Program
As the Blue Star Museum, the Children’s Museum offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserves, from May 21 (Armed Forces Day) through May Day. work. A list of Blue Star museums across the United States can be viewed at https://www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.
Registration in progress for the fall camp
Registration is now open for CMOR’s Imagination Station fall camp. The camp will be offered the weeks of October 3 and 10 and is aimed at children from kindergarten to grade 5. Thanks to donors, the Children’s Museum has scholarships available for fall camp. The scholarships are for children who otherwise could not afford to attend. There is a simple application process that requires documentation of family income. For more information on fall camp sessions and fees, or the scholarship program, visit https://bit.ly/campatcmor or call the Children’s Museum at (865) 482-1074.
Charlie’s Book Club
CMOR Lobby Charlie’s Book Club is a yearbook distribution program for children ages 6-10. Twenty books are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with one book per child.
The August book is “National Geographic Readers: Planets” (2012) by Elizabeth Carney. This program is funded by a Lunch for Literacy grant. The themes of Charlie’s Book Club books include art, science, history, Native American culture, cooking, and gardening. Books are selected based on the Museum’s mission and exhibits.
Other regular programs @ CMOR
Each week the museum offers free drop-in programs and no registration is required.
“It’s a great opportunity for kids to get out of the house, play with others, or make music,” the press release reads.
Recess for toddlers is on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon in the preschool room. Crafty Wednesdays are Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m. in the Discovery Lab. The Musical Matinees will take place on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Music Room
On the third Sunday of each month, visitors can enjoy an open day to the outdoor train garden, environmental center and museum solar house. Visitors can also meet members of the Knoxville Model Railroaders and tour their clubhouse. Members of the Oak Ridge Amateur Radio Club will be present in the Discovery Lab with radio equipment for visitors to explore. Members of the Knoxville Philatelic Society will be stationed in the Craft and Science room to share information on stamps and philately.
COVID-19 safety instructions
The Oak Ridge Children’s Museum does not require visitors to wear face masks. Staff and volunteers wear masks when in public areas of the museum or when working with the public.
The Oak Ridge Children’s Museum is located at 461 West Outer Drive, Oak Ridge. Call (865) 482-1074. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Children’s Museum is closed on Mondays. Admission for adults is $8, seniors $7. Children 3-17 are $6. Children two and under and CMOR members enjoy free admission. Connect with CMOR on social media @cmoroakridge @CMOROakRidge @cmoroakridge or visit on the web at http://childrensmuseumofoakridge.org,