ST THOMAS — Since 2016, Virgin Islands Children’s Museum (VICM) has provided enriching, educational experiences that are accessible to all young people in the territory. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, VICM offers a place where children and parents can interact with stimulating exhibits designed to expand the growing minds of children in the USVI and its visitors. While most of the museum’s exhibits appeal to the 2-12 years age group, children of all ages will benefit from and enjoy visiting the museum. VICM is an all-inclusive education resource that places a high importance on providing programs accessible to low-income families. They offer several programs de-signed to stimulate young minds with fun, hands-on educational experiences that makes learning accessible and exciting. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is their signature literacy program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until age 5, regardless of family income. Participating children receive one book per month delivered to their mailing address. The Inclined Plane exhibit is one of the most popular at VICM. Children learn how objects of different shapes, sizes and textures move when placed on a surface with one end higher than the other. This simple yet engaging exhibit keeps children entertained for a solid stretch of time. VICM also hosts various events throughout the year to support the museum including art exhibits, masquerade balls, galas and more. The Virgin Islands Children’s Museum is the brainchild of Sarah Hughes. Alongside cofounder Sarah Erickson, both women have dedicated their lives to the creation and development of the VICM. From grant-writing, the development of programs and services and conceptualization and construction of exhibits to business plan development, securing the location, obtaining the 501(c)(3) designation and much more, they opened the muse-um to the public on March 20, 2016. The museum is financially sustained through grants, donations, museum memberships and admissions and gift shop sales. The Virgin Islands Children Museum is in Buccaneer Mall near the Pirates Treasure Museum and the Paradise Point Tram. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 11am to 4pm; the museum is closed on Mondays. The last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. To learn more, visit their website at www.vichildrensmuseum.org or call (340) 643-0366.
Written by Anquanette Gaspard firstname.lastname@example.org