Oswego, N.Y.– Just one year before the pandemic, in 2019, the Oswego Children’s Museum went under a complete building reconstruction to feature new exhibits that would allow for children to learn and play at the same time.
New exhibits include the cloud climber, an educational activity that allows children and visitors to learn about the lake effect snow in Lake Ontario.
The water table, which is their most popular exhibit, features dams and locks to mimic Oswego’s constant flow of water. The museum features a town square, an almost replica of the downtown Oswego area.
“We want kids to see themselves as citizens,” Director of Education for the Oswego Children’s Museum, Kathryn Watson said. “Not just as these little people that get carted around. But they should have some agency and be able to see themselves reflected in their own community.”
Local resident, Vira Sofia Reith, went on a trip to the museum with her daughter and grandchildren and called the museum a “hidden gem”.
“It was very COVID safe, I mean they had people walking around cleaning things after we were done playing with them,” Reith said.
The Oswego Children’s Museum is still operating at 25% capacity to provide families with safe and inclusive play environments. It is encouraged to reserve your spot before visiting the museum.
Admissions are $8 per adult with a child and children under one get in for free. For more information on the museum’s hours of operation go to www.cmoo.org.