CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY MUSEUM OF CENTRAL MAINE
A NEW PLACE TO PLAY
Construction is underway in our new Waterville location!
And we've met 90% of our fundraising goal!
Learn more about our Capital Campaign here.
The new building has an approximately 3,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall, an additional approx. 3,000-square-foot Gathering Hall we are already putting use, separate birthday party rooms, classroom spaces, bathrooms, office space, and room for outdoor exhibits and playscapes. There is also a substantial commercial kitchen, perfect for catering events or running children's cooking programs.
Located just 2 minutes from I-95, our new location is less than 2 miles from other family-friendly organizations like the AYCC, Educare, Colby Art Museum, Paul J. Schupf Art Center, the Waterville Public Library, Quarry Road Trails, and the Waterville Opera House. We are also close to the Waterville downtown, Elm Plaza, and Waterville Commons.
THE POWER OF PLAY
The American Acadamy of Pediatrics recently released new guidelines encouraging pediatricians to write “prescriptions for play” based on research about how critical play is for the healthy development of children. In alignment with this growing need, the new exhibits are thoughtfully designed to encourage children and families to learn through play.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
- Fred Rogers
"Play is not frivolous. ...The definition of play is elusive. However, there is a growing consensus that it is an activity that is intrinsically motivated, entails active engagement, and results in joyful discovery."
-American Academy of Pediatrics
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The museum is currently not open. Check Facebook and our Programs page for current programming as we work on our new exhibits hall!
7 Eustis Parkway, Waterville, ME 04901