We will announce any potential closures on Facebook and our website, via email newsletter, and with on-site signage. Again, this is an ever-evolving situation and decisions may need to be made as more information is available.
The Children’s Discovery Museum works to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all our guests. Towards this end, we request the following “Sick Person Policy” be followed by our guests, our staff and our volunteers at all times.
As a general rule: if you or your child have a fever or are too sick to go to work or school, then you are too sick to visit the museum.
The following guidelines are more specific and we request that visitors with these symptoms not visit the museum:
- Flu-like symptoms (headache, high fever, chills, lethargy, muscle aches, cough, sore throat)
- Upper respiratory infections (cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, scratchy throat, painful swallowing, watery eyes – with or without fever)
- Cold symptoms (a fresh sneezy and runny cold)
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Conjunctivitis or “pink eye” infection
- Impetigo (infectious skin disease which shows up as small pimples that turn into red blisters in a circular pattern)
- Strep Throat (child must be on antibiotics for 48 hours before coming to the museum.)
- Any of the following contagious diseases: measles, mumps, rubella, roseola, and chicken pox. Children with chicken pox may not come until all of the sores are crusted and there are no new eruptions.
Staff may be called upon to identify the following symptoms and to ask a visitor to leave if symptoms are present. If a visitor is asked to leave, free passes to return will be given to the visitor.
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Wellness Preparedness at CDM
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have increased impact across our country, we feel it is important to share the steps CDM is taking to help keep guests, our staff and our volunteers safe and healthy. As is always the case at the Children’s Discovery Museum, the health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers remains our highest priority. Coronavirus is a rapidly evolving situation, and is one we are monitoring closely.
CLEANLINESS. As a facility that caters to families, we are proud of the cleanliness of our museum and work hard to employ regular cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing protocols on a daily basis. We have a schedule for daily deep cleans of all public spaces, and museum staff regularly sanitizes all hard surfaces, exhibits and toys throughout the day while we are open. Stuffed animals and other soft toys get rotated out and laundered. You can see a more detailed version of this schedule posted throughout the museum. Also throughout the museum there are colorful, mounted hand sanitizer pumps in addition to the hand-washing station in the bathroom. There are also two “Icky Sticky” baskets for depositing loose parts that immediate disinfecting.
INFORMED DECISION-MAKING. All of these practices and our business decisions are informed by guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), as well as our state and local government and public health agencies, and suggestions made by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM).
In line with what recommendations from other Children’s Museums in the country, the CDM will remain open with regular programming, unless Augusta or Waterville schools close, at which point we will follow suit. We will do our best to stay active on social media during any potential closures, to help provide some fun and educational entertainment for your kiddos while they are home!