Lafayette, Colorado – WOW! Children’s Museum is excited to welcome back visitors and members with health and safety as the Museum’s top priority as it begins a phased reopening on Saturday, August 8. In preparation for reopening, WOW! has mindfully made changes to operations and exhibits to adhere to municipal and state guidelines and requirements related to COVID-19.  During the first phase of reopening, the Museum will be operating with reduced hours and limited visitor capacity. WOW! will initially open for just members on August 4 and August 6 and to the general public on August 8. 

 

While WOW! remains dedicated to inspiring children to learn through play, things will look a little different in the Museum.  With safety in mind, WOW! has made the following changes to the Museum experience:

  • Timed ticketing for all visitors. Tickets must be purchased in advance on WOW!’s website or over the phone.
  • Limiting business hours to allow for more frequent deep cleaning in between visitors.
    • Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Limiting capacity to 50 visitors per time slot.
  • Greatly reducing the number of handheld toys throughout the Museum. Each family will use an individual “WOW! Pack” of items ensuring less cross-contamination.
  • Performing rigorous cleaning of exhibits and common spaces by using hospital grade cleaners.
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations around the Museum.
  • Staff will be wearing PPE and providing contactless check-in.

 

WOW! reminds our visitors and members to play it safe!  The Museum requires visitors to follow these guidelines:

  • To stay at home if you or anyone in your family are feeling ill or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wear a face mask if you are age 11 or older. Face masks are strongly recommended for ages 3-10.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from visitors not in your family or group.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Follow WOW!’s directional signage and instructions from staff.

 

“We are so excited to welcome our community members back into the Museum,” said Joanna Cagan, Executive Director, WOW! Children’s Museum. “These have been very difficult times for all of us, not just at WOW! but throughout the City of Lafayette and Boulder County. We’ve taken our time with this reopening plan, to ensure that we are up-to-date on cleaning and social-distancing procedures, and we are so grateful for the community’s patience during this period. We are also so grateful for the continued financial support of our members and the greater Lafayette community. As with many non-profits, we have watched our revenue plummet these last five months, and we are now operating on a razor-thin margin as we continue to serve families in our community.”

 

For more information about WOW! Children’s Museum’s phased reopening plans please visit: https://wowchildrensmuseum.org/visit/reopening/

 

 About WOW! Children’s Museum:

WOW! Children's Museum engages all families in educational, hands-on experiences that connect curiosity, creativity, and discovery.  For more information visit: www.wowchildrensmuseum.org. Connect with WOW! Children’s Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

WOW! Children’s Museum is a community supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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