A Playland for the Mind at Westchester Children's Museum
It’s all systems go for Phase II of the interactive learning center
Executive Director Tracy Kay says the WCM’s “200 Founding Families,” especially the Hochs and Laagers, are chiefly responsible for making the 14-year project finally come to fruition.
It’s approaching the one-year anniversary of when the Westchester Children’s Museum (WCM) at Rye Playland completed Phase I of their build-out and opened their doors to the public year-round. As a multisensory, multilingual, multicultural, and interactive learning experience, the WCM offers hours of entertainment ranging from the scientific to the theatrical and creative (build your own roller coaster, anyone?).
The $2 million Phase II is scheduled for completion this summer.
If that’s not enough, the WCM is looking to add more exhibits during Phase II of the project. According to Executive Director Tracy Kay, Phase II — which is scheduled for completion on or about summer 2017 — would see the museum expand 16,000 sq ft and include three new exhibits. One is slated to be an expansive climbing structure, which would run along the entirety of the museum space. There will be three additional water exhibits, where kids can learn about the role H2O plays in the natural environment and how humans have used it as a natural power source over the ages. A performance theater and gift store are also planned.
With 75 percent of the subsidy coming from private donations, the balance from corporate support, Phase II is expected to cost approximately $2 million. The Westchester Children’s Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (www.discoverwcm.org)