Manitoba Children’s Museum To Close Until Further Notice
With the health and safety of our visitors in mind, and in light of recommendations from public health authorities, the Children’s Museum will be temporarily closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 due to the public health risks associated with COVID-19. All bookings and special events are also being suspended.
“We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and the community. We understand this will have a significant impact on the communities we serve, however we consider it our social responsibility to support the recommendations to practice social distancing as a means of trying to flatten the curve of impact on our public health services,” says Sara Hancheruk, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum. “We will continue to look to federal, provincial, and local health authorities to determine the length of this closure.”
The Public Health Agency of Canada and Manitoba Health continue to assess the COVID-19 public health risk as low for the general population, but notes that this could change rapidly.
The museum plans to contact all booking, programming, and special event participants. We encourage friends and visitors to check the Children’s Museum’s website (childrensmuseum.com) and social media channels for up-to-date facility information.
Make health and safety fun AND educational for your children with the following resources:
We encourage visitors to wash their hands upon entering and exiting the Children’s Museum. Hand sanitizer dispensers are also posted throughout the Children Museum.
Image © Portland Children’s Museum
Hand Hygiene Guidelines:
- Safe & SOUND: Wash your hands with soap & water for 20 seconds.
Pro Tip: Sing the ABC’s or Happy Birthday – or, try these Best Hand-washing Songs for Kids!
- When soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Dispose of the tissue and wash hands.
- Consider a seasonal flu shot.
B. TALKING WITH CHILDREN
- NPR | Goats and Soda: Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring COVID-19 by Malaka Gharib
- New York Times | Parenting: What To Know About Coronavirus Series (includes Questions on Many Parents’ Minds)
- Save the Children | 7 Simple Tips on How to Talk to Kids About the Coronavirus
- NPR | A Guide: How to Prepare Your Home for Coronavirus
C. A PLAYFUL HOME EXPERIMENT
Click play below to watch an interactive experiment courtesy of for children illustrating the importance of hand-washing.
D. TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY?
Stay healthy. Be well. Lead by example.
For your safety and the safety of others, please stay home if you or your child experience:
- A cough or fever
- Shortness of breath
- Flu-like symptoms
- World Health Organization
- Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)
- Manitoba Public Health
- Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living
- Healthy Child Manitoba
- SafeWork Manitoba
- Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
- Association of Children’s Museums