First birthday bash celebration on May 20
The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center – a project of the Children’s Museum of Houston – recently announced that it has reached its 100,000th visitor.
The lucky visitor was Roshmy Vilangattusil, a Discovery Center member, who visited with her two young boys (and is expecting a girl) on the morning of April 7. The milestone occurred less than a year of the Discovery Center’s grand opening.
The Discovery Center has been named among the top 10 best things to do in Sugar Land by Trip Advisor and will celebrate its first birthday bash at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, presented by Baird featuring special birthday themed activities for families to enjoy.
“We’re going to have jugglers, cake, singing and character appearances,” said spokesperson Melissa Mendoza.
Jan Bartholomew, managing director of public finance for Robert W. Baird & Co., said the event will be very hands-on for youngsters.
“We donated dollars to help pay for the birthday bash,” she said.
Housed on the first floor of a 12,500-square-foot repurposed historical building at Imperial Market (formerly known as Imperial Sugar and which is now being restored by Johnson Development), and with the mission to transform communities through innovative child-centered learning, five galleries are managed as platforms for learning for children from birth to 12-years.
Programming changes weekly and the “How Are We Alike?” Cultural gallery rotates annually to a new cultural exhibit. Additionally, once construction for Imperial Market is completed, the Discovery Center will provide PlayWorks, an outdoor playground where you leap, jump, crawl and climb up on the south side of the Discovery Center.
The museum has delivered outreach programming to low-income families living in Fort Bend since the mid-1990s. It has worked with more than 60-partners in the community to ensure underserved populations get free access to the museum and to raise awareness about the museum’s family learning programming.
Additionally, parents in Fort Bend have benefited from the museum’s school-based initiatives such as Parent Stars and Para Los Niños, which provide bilingual resources and support so they can increase the learning and literacy skills of their children, as well as from A’STEAM, (Afterschool Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) a program designed to give children opportunities to build levels of scientific and mathematical literacy through hands-on investigations and challenges.