KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, May 29, 2011, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Michael Luria, Executive Director, Children’s Museum Tucson. Formerly known as the “Tucson Children’s Museum,” the name and logo were changed slightly to put the emphasis on the true focus of the museum...children. 

Luria says the museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary all year.  He says a handful of prominent Tucsonans opened the Museum in 1986 in a one room building at Ft. Lowell Park.  He says in 1991, the Museum moved into the historic Carnegie Library building in downtown Tucson.  In 2010, he says, over 123,000 children and families visited the  Children’s Museum Tucson. 

Luria says play is the primary component in the Museum’s interactive exhibits. He says by focusing on learning by doing, fun educational experiences occur between children and their parents/caregivers.  He says beyond play, the Museum provides children with a great out-of-classroom space, as all of exhibits are aligned with Arizona Academic  Standards.  To foster learning, he says, seven age-appropriate “adventure learning tours” are available that include a demonstration or activity coupled with Museum exploration.

Luria says the Museum’s 17,000 square foot facility features twelve permanent interactive exhibits, some of which are new, such as  Mind  Your Own Body, Build It, Pet Vet and more.  He says it is the Museum’s vision to inspire children and their families to reach their full potential through discovery, creativity and learning.