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Let’s build Curiosity Center Children’s Museum in Belgrade!
The NGO Young Serbia starts the fundraising campaign to build the Curiosity Center Children’s Museum in Belgrade. We want to create a safe place where kids can learn through play with the caring adults in their lives. The Curiosity Center will become a facility equipped for specially designed exhibits, programs and events. Our goal is to empower children, engage parents and energize communities of the Western Balkans.
The Young Serbia has done basically a very similar activity in 2011, through the successful realization of our project “Happy sculptures”. It was the international exchange of knowledge and networking resources between Serbia and Israel. Then we’ve witnessed the valuable impact of interactive, hands-on activities for children during the process of their primary education. Hands-on projects engage kids who are tactile or kinesthetic learners, who need movement to learn best. They also engage students who are auditory learners, who talk about what they’re doing, and visual learners, who have the opportunity to see what everyone else is creating.
The first children’s museum in the world was the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, founded in 1899. The next one was opened in Boston in 1913. By 1975, there were approximately 38 children’s museums in the United States. An additional 80 institutions opened between 1976 and 1990, and more than 130 opened between 1990 and 2007. As of 2007, the Association of Children’s Museums estimated that there were approximately 80 children’s museums in the planning phase.
Children’s museum concept pushing the boundaries of education, within and beyond the classroom. It is so powerful for parents and communities because we all want our kids to grow up equipped with the knowledge, skills, strategies, and values that will allow them to excel in a fast-paced and competitive world.
In an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a safe place where all kids can learn through play with the caring adults in their lives.
It’s a place where kids and their parents can come together, play, laugh, and make new friends. A place where imaginations are lit, ideas sparked, and connections made. Children which enter those doors, learn by playing, touching, thinking, digging, climbing, pulling, pushing, driving, flying, racing, building, sorting and solving. All at their own pace, among the brightly colored and interactive exhibits.
The way kids, in general, react to that kind of place is absolutely magnificent. If you didn’t have a chance to experience children’s museum, then it is not so easy task to describe the exact level of impression, magical atmosphere and enormous energy which flows around kids and through them. In short, the children’s museum is the giant accelerator, which nurtures curious minds of children who love to learn! Such a place is the memorable growing up experience for children!
Vision & Purpose
The Curiosity Center Children’s Museum wants to inspire kids and their families from Serbia and Western Balkans, to provide for them amazing exhibits which will help them to discover and enjoy in science, nature, environment, themselves and to spark their curiosity and potential as the next generation of scientists, innovators, makers and creators.
The purpose of the Curiosity Center Children’s Museum is to bond families, inspire children and raise their potential to become part of a living story of world-class creativity, innovation and making.
The Go Green Initiative
Moreover, we intend to place the Curiosity Centre Children’s Museum into a brand-new facility designed and built up to feature sustainable architecture and technology. As a green museum, it will incorporate the concept of sustainability into operations, programming, and facility.
The CCCM will strive to help people become more conscious of their world, its limitations, and how their actions affect it. The goal is to create positive change by educating children, inspiring their parents and encouraging its communities to make sustainable choices in their daily life’s routine and to impact their prospective decisions. We’ll intend to build our future position as the community-centered institution which will stimulate and create a culture of sustainability.
The Curiosity Centre Children’s Museum’s planned total build area will be 8,800m²that will include 160 interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits, an art studio, a library, a multipurpose hall and amphitheater, an outdoor theater, a restaurant with an adjunct party room and a gift shop. The museum will have a 2,500m² exhibition hall, with a further 3,500m² of outdoor space, and it will contain 160 exhibits related to the main themes of the Museum: Humankind, Natural World, and Technology. With an affordable entrance fee, the Curiosity Centre Children’s Museum will be open to children, families and school groups from 10am – 8pm, with extended opening hours until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The museum will have a capacity for more than 1,000 visitors daily. On standby, we would like to have additional spaces with potential for development, such as the exhibit hall extension, a botanical garden annex and the special effects virtual auditorium.
To establish equality and a healthy environment for all children, the Museum will be accessible to children with physical challenges as well. The Museum’s visitor experience and exhibits will be designed by the award-winning specialist design consultancy such as Haley Sharpe Design Ltd; it will be built by regional young architects after another award-winning process as part of a mentorship plan for their professional development. The Curiosity Centre Children’s Museum will receive a generous pledge from the City of Belgrade, which will include a 30,000m² plot of land in addition to the project’s architectural design and building construction project.
1. Initial Fundraising Phase: $145,000
Goals: Detailed field research; Technical preparations.
Implementation Time: 6-8 months
2. Second Fundraising Phase: $217,500
Goals: Feasibility Study; First Concept Design.
Implementation Time: 9-12 months
3. Main Fundraising Phase: $14,123,000
Goals: Final Master Plans; Design & Construction; Begin to Operate.
Implementation Time: 2-4 years
The Example of Exhibit Hall
Our hall will be packed with fun, educational exhibits that will allow children to exercise their brains through hands-on activities and educational games. Most of the planned exhibits would be designed to address topics linked to the educational curricula, making them an invaluable resource for teachers.
Other exhibits range from those most suitable for the younger age groups and all of them will entice curiosity, imagination, and open-ended learning. There will be no right or wrong in our future Exhibit Hall as children will decide what to do and how to do it while their brains consciously and unconsciously absorb important learning concepts.
Some of the future amazing exhibits’ sections are listed below:
The Inspiration Playground is going to be a mobile block-based play system that will transform children’s minds, bodies, and spirits through active and creative play. It will be a child-directed and open-ended experience that will encourage self-expression through deep, joyful play. Children in this unique playground will build a new world every day; they would make imaginary places, houses, palaces, cities, and factories.
“I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.” Confucius
The Aquarium will be designed with children in mind. With an eye – level, interactive zones and exhibits, everyone will enjoy and learn something new about our aquatic friends from around the world.
I am Responsible exhibit will aim to inspire children to conserve energy and water. It is envisioned that the Exhibit will raise children’s awareness about the important issues of energy and water conservation for the future; alternative energy sources and the environmental protection. I am Responsible provides energized space for those who want to make a difference and help invent solutions to meet the challenges of water and energy dilemmas. The CCCM will use its collections to produce exhibitions, events, classes, and other programs to educate the public about the natural environment. We intend to interpret our own sustainable practices and green design to present a model of behavior.
“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” Abraham Maslow
The Ancient Fingerprints with its life-size dig-in area will help children get in and dig in ancient monuments from old times and learn about them. Also, they will have the chance to learn about the regional ancient history through various stations spread around and grasp an idea of the past through the monuments and the artifacts they can find around in the archaeological sites.
Milky Way and Beyond or the space spot will be a permanent exhibit at The Curiosity Centre Children’s Museum. It’s envisioned as a sophisticated, hands-on interactive modular exhibit with numerous stations featuring information about astronomy and the space sciences and it will be suitable for all ages.
“Curiosity in children is but an appetite for knowledge.” John Locke
My Body will include fitness features human body parts such as eyes, nose, and hands. The exhibit will literally go under the skin, revealing the human anatomy such as the digestive and sensory system. It will expand the expertise by including a clinic area where the children closely explore vital parts that make up the human body. In the fitness area children will be physically involved by pushing themselves to the limit to test their fitness and physical abilities.
The Magic World of Light and Optics – Usually what you see is what you get, or is it? It will be hard to tell with amazing eye-catching – and eye-deceiving – optical illusions. Children will learn about light and how it affects what we see, or think we see and explore what it is made of with the use of prisms in the Magic World exhibit, and will experiment with awesome optical effects!
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein
The Roots of Freedom a multimedia exhibit, an interactive travel through the history of human, civil and individual rights and liberties development. The visitors will meet themselves in the mirror of history. Especially kids and youth should find out how their life could very likely look like if they were born in that certain period of time in the past. So that they can respect and appreciate more the rights and liberties which they inherited, and be aware of the necessary activism, efforts, and sacrifices to achieve what we have today.
The City Scope a miniature model that will present how the real city looks like. Children will get to play roles and enjoy shopping for grocery and goods in the mini supermarket and will learn about all kinds of bread from around the globe in the bakery section and much more fun activities that adults enjoy in real life.
“We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.” Harry Edwards
The Icarus and Daedalus exhibit will be the feature state-of-the-art flight simulators built into child-sized planes, hot air balloon, pedal planes, Bernoulli’s Wind Table, parachutes and more! This exhibit will make science, technology, engineering, and mathematics more fun than is imaginable!
Performances and Shows
The Curiosity Centre Children’s Museum will regularly feature science shows and artistic performances by both local and international talents. New shows will be announced on a regular basis for our calendar.
Let’s help kids find positive life inspiration!