"PLAY allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, physical dexterity, and cognitive and emotional strength,” according to an article from the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Time spent in the museum engaged in free play reinforces the development of school readiness skills and ultimately, in preparing young children for the future.
Much more than a pleasant pastime, play is how children naturally LEARN about the world around them. Research from the National Association for the Education of Young Children shows that play improves foundational capacities such as memory, self-regulation, oral language abilities, and social skills, all of which lead to greater success in school. CMoR exists to foster this vital learning process.
For 35 years, the Children’s Museum of Richmond has opened its doors and invited families to learn through play, to experience cultural events, and to prepare for success throughout school. We have also developed services that go beyond those doors in the hope that we will have an IMPACT on as many children and families as we can in the community we serve.