Zeum is a super cool, hands-on creativity haven for kids in the city, but not everyone knew that because the name Zeum didn’t quite convey what the place was all about. That’s changed as the name Zeum has been replaced by the new name: Children’s Creativity Museum. Don’t worry, the claymation room is still there, which was my kids’ only concern. The creative opportunities have only expanded as part of the museum update, increasing the tools for encouraging collaborative, creative play and exploration.
There are new activities and spaces accompanying the new name and $250,000 redevelopment. The Children’s Creativity Museum appeals to a wide age range than Zeum, which was perfect for older kids, but maybe not so much for the littlest ones tagging along with older siblings. Now, there are more play and build spaces for kids ages 3-5, plus, we recently attended with several babies, who seemed to enjoy exploring the Imagination Lab as well, especially the sections were everything is soft, making it safe for new walkers. Celebrating the inclusion of younger kids includes an hour long workshop for kids up to age five weekly on Wednesday through Friday mornings that includes music, activity, and collaborative story telling.
Same as when it was Zeum, my kids flock to the green screen slide to act crazy in brief movies, then they will spend hours in the Animation Studio doing claymation. Seriously, they could spend a day in there, making me wish for a drop off babysitting service.
My kids are ages five and eight, and everything at the Children’s Creativity Museum appeals to them. They especially turn into hams when a camera – that does not belong to their mother – is on them. They love the easy set ups at the museum for recording themselves or their work, then they step back to unabashedly admire it. They always hate it when it’s time to leave.
Want to check out the new Children’s Creativity Museum for free? Bank of America cardholders can get in for free on Nov. 5-6 as part of its Museums on Us program, offering free admission to participating museums on the first full weekend of every month.
Not a BofA cardholder? No problem because we are giving away a VIP family pass to one lucky winner. The pass provides admission for up to four people and can be used at any time. To enter, leave a comment below, and one lucky winner will be randomly selected Nov. 4. Entry deadline is midnight Nov. 3.
Update: We have a winner! Congratulations Lisa!