Mu­seum, KYE-YAC to un­veil new­est early childhood learn­ing space

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Mid-Amer­ica Sci­ence Mu­seum’s new­est early childhood learn­ing space will be un­veiled on Sept. 5 dur­ing a spe­cial re­veal cer­e­mony.

The new gallery space will of­fi­cially open to the pub­lic with a rib­bon cut­ting at the mu­seum at 11 a.m. Ad­mis­sion to the mu­seum will be free to all guests from 9-11 a.m., cour­tesy of KYE-YAC.

Called the KYE-YAC CLUB­HOUSE, this new gallery space is named for KYE-YAC In­ter­na­tional, a phil­an­thropic group founded by Kye Masino based on the prin­ci­ple of kids help­ing kids.

Masino and his foun­da­tion are mem­bers of Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots pro­gram. To­gether they seek to foster re­spect and com­pas­sion for all living things, to pro­mote un­der­stand­ing of all cul­tures and be­liefs, and to in­spire each in­di­vid­ual to take ac­tion to make the world a bet­ter place for peo­ple, other an­i­mals, and the en­vi­ron­ment, a news re­lease said. The KYE-YAC CLUB­HOUSE, cre­ated to ex­tend KYE-YAC In­ter­na­tional’s goal of em­pow­er­ing kids to help other kids pro­tect their en­vi­ron­ment and the plants and an­i­mals within it, en­hances the mu­seum’s mis­sion of youth de­vel­op­ing a life­long in­ter­est in sci­ence.

“We are ex­cited about cre­at­ing a per­ma­nent ex­hibit for early childhood ed­u­ca­tion. The KYEYAC CLUB­HOUSE is de­signed to in­spire youth and en­gage them in sci­ence through ex­plo­ration, in­ves­ti­ga­tion, play, and books,” said Masino. “It is our de­sire to in­spire preschool chil­dren to have com­pas­sion for the earth and the life that in­hab­its it.”

De­signed specif­i­cally for en­cour­ag­ing preschool-aged chil­dren to mean­ing­fully ex­am­ine and ex­pe­ri­ence the every­day world around them, the KYE-YAC CLUB­HOUSE presents in­no­va­tive learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in a safe en­vi­ron­ment. The fo­cal point of the new ex­hibit is a unique tree­house that tod­dlers can climb and ex­plore.

An orig­i­nal wall mu­ral de­pict­ing a tree with three-di­men­sional leaves sur­rounded by na­tive an­i­mals and birds adds vis­ual stim­u­la­tion that fur­ther sparks the cu­rios­ity of young guests. Age-ap­pro­pri­ate books foster lit­er­acy-based sci­ence learn­ing and in­ter­ac­tion be­tween child and care­giver. Lo­cated next to the mu­seum’s two-story wa­ter ex­hibit, the sound of rush­ing wa­ter am­pli­fies the nature theme.

Re­fresh­ments will be served fol­low­ing the grand open­ing. Guests are wel­come to en­joy the first event at the KYE-YAC CLUB­HOUSE, the kick­off of Scien­tots, the mu­seum’s sci­ence and lit­er­acy-based weekly class for preschool­ers and their care­givers read­ing-time ac­tiv­ity. The pro­gram will fea­ture “The Watcher,” a book about Goodall’s fas­ci­nat­ing life, from childhood to her life long ded­i­ca­tion as an an­i­mal lover and pro­tec­tor, the re­lease said.

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CLUB­HOUSE: Mid-Amer­ica Sci­ence Mu­seum’s new­est early childhood learn­ing space will be un­veiled on Sept. 5 at the mu­seum dur­ing a spe­cial re­veal cer­e­mony. The club­house of­fi­cially opens to the pub­lic with a rib­bon cut­ting at 11 a.m. Ad­mis­sion to the mu­seum will be free to all guests from 9-11 a.m., cour­tesy of KYE-YAC. From left are Niles El­lis, the mu­seum’s di­rec­tor of ex­hibit and de­sign, and Lori Arnold, an ex­hibit de­signer for the mu­seum.

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