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Contact: Michelle Jenkins, Executive Director

San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum

Telephone: (805) 545-5874

E-mail: mjenkins@slocm.org

 

San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum Installs New Board and Hits Attendance Record

 

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (Jan. 27, 2016) – The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum Board of Directors recently welcomed two new board members to its ranks, just as the organization saw all-time highs in members and attendance during 2015.

 

Wells Fargo Bank’s Linda Minton and Jessica Chavez of El Dorado Broadcasters have each been elected to three-year terms. Newly elected officers include Lindsey Haring (president), Ellen Drews (vice president), Craig Filipponi (treasurer) and Carla Swift (secretary). Returning directors include Marsha Lifter, Alison Bell, Lisa Rizzo and John Summer.

 

The Children’s Museum just concluded a record-breaking year. Close to 600 families are now members of the Children’s Museum. More than 50,000 guests visited the Museum, many on field trip scholarships or through free-pass partnerships with local nonprofits. In addition, the Children’s Museum welcomes all community members to enter for free during “Moonlight Hours,” offered the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m.

 

The Children’s Museum will be rolling out a half dozen new and improved exhibits during 2016 and will host its annual fundraiser in October. Sign up for monthly eFlyers at www.slocm.org to receive the latest news on these exhibits, as well as programs and exciting community partnerships.

 

The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum inspires learning through play for children ages 2-10, and is located at 1010 Nipomo St. in downtown San Luis Obispo.

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September 30, 2015
Contact: Michelle Jenkins
(805) 545-5874 

SLO Children’s Museum Shifts Focus to Adults for Oct 9 Fundraiser
Eat, Drink and Be Scary at “Day of the Dead” themed event

San Luis Obispo, CA—The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum’s annual benefit is known for being packed with the fun and unexpected, and this year’s event will not disappoint.

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Guests are invited to dress in costume and come prepared to dance, dine and play at the Museum’s Day of the Dead-themed fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9th at the Vet’s Hall in San Luis Obispo. The incomparable Betsey Nash will serve as the evening’s emcee and Jim Glines as auctioneer extraordinaire.

All proceeds will benefit the museum and its ongoing programs, interactive exhibits, member activities and community events.

“We’ll be dancing to DK Malik, eating a themed dinner and bidding on fantastic live auction packages – including a luxury Mexican vacation for ten, a food-lovers package and an ultimate child’s birthday party at the Museum. We will also be honoring past-President, Allison Alltucker, for her years of hard work before, during and after construction of the “new” Museum,” said Michelle Jenkins, the museum’s executive director.

The silent auction will again be placed online due to its success last year and for greater community reach. View and bid on items and cool experiences at
www.biddingforgood.com/slocmauction.

The mission of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is to inspire learning through play. This fundraiser ensures that the museum is around for families to enjoy for years to come.

Of course, this event would not be possible without the generous support of dedicated event sponsors, led by presenting sponsor, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. Special thanks go out to Glenn Burdette, iii DESiGN, Cannon, Heritage Oaks Bank, Opolo Vineyards, PrintPal Promotions and Printing, Jeff & Cheryl Priolo and DiBuduo & DeFendis, Cindrich & Company, Dignity Health, Central Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, SESLOC Federal Credit Union, Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh LLP, Premier Valley Bank, Bill Gaines Audio, Inhouse Security Service, Hep Kat Clothing & Beauty Parlor, KSBY-TV, Coast 101.3-FM and Testa Catering.

Tickets are $100 per person for this adults-only event. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (805) 545-5874 or visit www.slocm.org/noche.

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Contact:
Rosalyn Pierini, South County Regional Librarian
San Luis Obispo County Library
Telephone: (805) 473-7165
E-mail: rpierini@slolibrary.org

Michelle Jenkins, Executive Director
San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum
Telephone: (805) 545-5874
E-mail: mjenkins@slocm.org

The San Luis Obispo County Library and the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum Team Up to Provide Museum Passes to Young Readers

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (May 19, 2015) – Beginning June 1, local children registering for their first library card will also receive a free child’s admission to the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum (SLOCM). More than 800 passes are expected to be distributed during the duration of the twelve month program.

“The San Luis Obispo County Library is pleased to partner with the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum on this exciting community initiative,” said Rosalyn Pierini, South County Regional Librarian for the library system. “We hope families will take advantage of this wonderful cultural and educational opportunity.”

Children ages 2–10 who register for their first library card at any of the fifteen SLO County Library branches will receive a pass to visit the SLO Children’s Museum.

The Children’s Museum and the County Library have collaborated in the past on the Library’s popular Summer Reading Program. In addition, the Library hosts events featuring the Museum’s Lindamood-Bell Imagination Playground.

Michelle Jenkins, SLOCM’s Executive Director, added, “Not only does this program encourage reading, it enables the Museum to introduce itself to children new to our community.”

The mission of the San Luis Obispo County Library is to provide materials and services to people seeking knowledge, lifelong learning, and recreation, as well as to ensure that all patrons of the library may use those materials and services to the maximum extent possible.

The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum inspires learning through play for children ages 2–10, and is located at 1010 Nipomo St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. Visit www.slocm.org for open hours, program information and more.

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December 16, 2014
Contact: 
Kelli Beck, SESLOC
(805) 543-1816 ext. 210
Michelle Jenkins, SLOCM
(805) 545-5874

SESLOC Federal Credit Union Sponsors Popular SLO Children’s Museum Banking Exhibit

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — SESLOC Federal Credit Union, who believes it’s never too early to teach children about money management, is sponsoring the Zoomtown ATM at the SLO Children’s Museum. Zoomtown is the name of the museum’s second-floor mini village, where the ATM has been a popular stop since the museum reopened in 2008.

“We were so excited when the ATM exhibit became available,” said Kelli Beck, senior vice president of marketing and service management at SESLOC, “because the exhibit gives us the opportunity to promote youth education in a fun atmosphere of learning, creativity and innovation. It was a natural fit.”

The ATM, familiar for its brightly colored keys, engaging display and interactive screen, allows guests to slide a numbered ATM card and enter a PIN to begin a transaction. The screen prompts children to calculate simple banking transactions that debit from their pretend “account,” exposing them to basic banking and math terminology. A bank teller counter with a calculator, abacus and room for deposit and withdrawal slips is located adjacent to the ATM.

“SESLOC and the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum share a history of working together to promote playful and lifelong learning through museum programs,” said Michelle Jenkins, museum executive director. She said SESLOC’s longtime support includes everything from board membership and event sponsorship, to “an always ready ‘yes’ when it comes to local children.”

SESLOC Federal Credit Union, with 37,000 members, 119 employees and assets of $632 million, has been serving people in San Luis Obispo County since 1942. It is a full-service financial institution with branch locations in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande and Atascadero. For more information on SESLOC, visit www.sesloc.org
The mission of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is to provide a fun place for children and families to explore, discover and learn through hands-on exhibits and programs. Visitor information including admission pricing, exhibits and activities is available at www.slocm.org.

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October 8, 2014
Contact: Michelle Jenkins
(805) 545-5874 

The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum annual benefit, Boogie Woogie Bash, to be the cat’s meow

Fundraiser Planned for Saturday, October 18th

San Luis Obispo, CA — The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum’s annual benefit is always a good time, but this year promises to be “a gas and a half.”
Guests are invited to don 40s attire and step back in time at the Museum’s USO-themed fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 18th at the Vet’s Hall in San Luis Obispo. 

All proceeds will benefit the museum and its ongoing programs, interactive exhibits, member activities and community events.

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“We’ll be dancing to Riptide Big Band, eating a themed dinner and bidding on fantastic live auction packages – including Grammy tickets, a custom pizza oven, and the chance to be a fighter pilot for a day. We will also be honoring past-President, Linda Rawlings, for her unwavering commitment to the organization,” said Michelle Jenkins, the museum’s executive director.

In a new twist, the silent auction has been placed online for greater community reach. View and bid on items at BiddingForGood.

The mission of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is to provide a fun place for children and families to explore, discover and learn through hands-on exhibits and programs. This fundraiser ensures that the museum is around for families to enjoy for years to come.

Of course, this event would not be possible without the generous support of dedicated event sponsors. Special thanks go out to Glenn Burdette, iii DESiGN, GALA of the Central Coast, Trapezoid Construction, Cannon, Opolo Vineyards, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, SunRun, Dignity Health, Adamski Moroski Madden Cumberland & Green LLP, Central Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, SESLOC Federal Credit Union, Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh LLP, iPromote, MacSuperstore, Bill Gaines Audio, Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab, SLO Camp & Pack, Inhouse Security Service, Hep Kat Clothing. 

Tickets are $100 per person for this spiffy grown-up event. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (805) 545-5874 or visit www.slocm.org

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September 2, 2014
Contact: Wes Willhoit
(805) 238-1031

A Treehouse to Call Your Own!

San Luis Obispo, CA — The Home Builders Association of the Central Coast (HBACC) is proud to partner with the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum (SLOCM) to present a unique fundraiser benefitting both organizations: a Treehouse Raffle!

Generously donated by Paso Robles-based Wood Family Carvers, the hand-crafted “tree” house and local installation are worth an estimated $10,000.

Tickets are only $20 each and can be purchased by calling (805)545-5874, onsite at the Children’s Museum or by visiting the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast Facebook page.  

Only 750 tickets will be made available. The drawing will be held on September 14th at Via dei Colori near the Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo. Need not be present to win.

About the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast - The Home Builders Association of the Central Coast is a non-profit California corporation – a trade association representing builders, developers and related industry professionals in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

About the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum - The mission of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is to provide a fun place for children and families to explore, discover and learn through hands-on exhibits and programs. Each year, the Children’s Museum is proud to offer tens of thousands of children, their families, caregivers and teachers a variety of educational experiences that enrich their lives. Program and activity information can be found at www.slocm.org or by calling (805) 545-5874.

About Wood Family Carvers - Everything from home décor candle holders to one of a kind play environments. Wood Family Carvers is a family run chainsaw carving business, creating unique art pieces, as well as home and gardening décor.

HBACC Raffle Registration Number RF008854

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August 5, 2014
Contact: Karen Ames
(805) 239-9333

San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum Partners with Educator Karen Ames to Launch Preschool Enrichment Program Fall 2014

San Luis Obispo, CA — The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum will soon be home to The Thinkery, a children’s museum-based preschool enrichment program serving two-and-a-half to five-year-olds.

Led by director, Karen Ames, The Thinkery has been designed as a play-centered program that provides a unique environment where children can create, explore and discover. The Children’s Museum’s 8,400 square foot facility, which features an art center, outdoor playscape and three floors of exhibits, will serve as a backdrop to this unique learning experience.

“My passion for the work being done at the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum and my love of children make this a perfect match for me,” says Karen Ames. “The Thinkery is unique in that it is offered at this amazing and educational environment.”

Registration is currently open for the 2014-2015 school year, which kicks off September 2, 2014.

For more information about this program, tuition cost or schedules, please contact Karen Ames at (805) 239-9333 or karen@imaginariumfun.com. Additionally, meet Karen at the Museum from 10a.m. – noon on August 7th or 21st.

About the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum - The mission of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is to provide a fun place for children and families to explore, discover and learn through hands-on exhibits and programs. Each year, the Children’s Museum is proud to offer tens of thousands of children, their families, caregivers and teachers a variety of educational experiences that enrich their lives. Program and activity information can be found at www.slocm.org or by calling (805) 545-5874.

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September 19, 2013
Contact: Michelle Jenkins
(805) 545-5874 

San Luis Obispo Adults to Step Through the Looking Glass in October

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San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum Annual Benefit Planned for Friday, October 11

San Luis Obispo, CA —The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum’s annual benefit is always a smashing good time, but this year guests will have to be quite “mad” to attend “Adventures in Wonderland.”

Guests can don their Wonderland best and venture down the rabbit hole at the Museum’s annual fundraiser starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 11 in the Venetian Room at Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo.

All proceeds will benefit the museum and its ongoing programs, interactive exhibits, member activities and community events.

“We’ll ‘begin at the beginning’ with appetizers, entertainment and fantastic silent and live auction packages – including an Alaskan fishing trip, a Tuscany vacation rental, tickets to the Indy Car World Championship and several surprises – all auctioned off by the incomparable Jim Glines,” said Michelle Jenkins, the museum’s executive director.

The mission of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is to provide a fun place for children and families to explore, discover and learn through hands-on exhibits and programs. Since opening in 1990, the museum has been committed to offering experiences that both invoke curiosity and imagination about the world and promote active exploration, investigation and creation. The Children’s Museum is proud to offer thousands of children and families, caregivers and teachers a variety of educational experiences that enrich their lives. And this event ensures that the museum is around for families to enjoy for years to come.

Tickets are $100 each for this grown-up event, where guests can dance to jams courtesy of DJ Malik, enter a Wonderland costume contest, drink Opolo wines and enjoy a sumptuous Madonna Inn feast.

This event wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of the Children Museum’s sponsors. A special thanks goes out to Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Glenn Burdette, iii DESiGN, Central Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Opolo Vineyards, Jeff Priolo/Dibuduo & Defendis, The Tribune, Cannon, Sky River RV, MacSuperstore, Bill Gaines Audio and Arsenal Equipment Rentals.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call (805) 545-5874 or visit www.slocm.org.

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June 14, 2013
Contact:  Michelle Jenkins (805) 545-5874

The Secrets of Bees Mini-Exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum through Labor Day

San Luis Obispo, CA — The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum is pleased to present a traveling exhibit dedicated entirely to bees. Expertly crafted by Arroyo Grande resident Karen Ames, The Secrets of Bees includes a wide variety of creative, interactive activities to help children appreciate this amazing insect that we frequently encounter and often misunderstand.

Studying bees adds significantly to the wider education of children, specifically adressing: the food chain, the importance of pollination, the structure of societies, adaptation and engineering.

In this exhibit, young guests will study a fascinating plexiglass “observation hive” set up with a looped video of a bee hive in action. Dressed like honey bees, they can “fly” to the garden of five foot tall flowers, gather pollen into their pollen sacks, then “fly” into the giant hive. In the hive, they will pack pollen and nectar into honey comb, make and fan honey, feed and care for larvae, clean and protect the hive, and tend to the queen. Children can also don protective keeper gear and work real wooden hives and then extract “honey” from the frames, fill honey bear jars and then sell the honey at a roadside stand.

The Museum’s education staff will complement the exhibit with a wide variety of science and art programming.

For more information about the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum, visit www.slocm.org or call (805) 545-5874.

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Contact: Michelle Jenkins, Executive Director
San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum
Telephone: (805) 545-5874
E-mail: mjenkins@slocm.org

San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum Unveils New Exhibits and Member Savings Event

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (December 15, 2012) – The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum board and staff have been busy creating holiday magic!! Visit within the next three months to try out the exciting and novel Hurricane Booth. Read all about hurricane formation and naming criteria and then step inside the booth to experience the 80 mph winds of a Category 1 hurricane!  $2 per experience.

In addition, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa has funded a brand new permanent exhibit, the Bernoulli Blower. Test different balls on an invisible stream of air as you experiment with Bernoulli’s Principle of air flow and pressure. The Children’s Museum is indebted to Rotary de Tolosa for their continuing support.

December is also a great time to purchase any of the Children’s Museum’s four membership offerings. Through December 22nd, receive four free guest passes (a $32 value) and two beautiful hardcover children’s books penned by local author Pam Copeland when purchasing or renewing a membership.

The Children’s Museum would also like to thank Kevin Harris and the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre for allowing us to host the November 29 performance of It’s a Wonderful Life. Children’s Museum members were treated to a spectacular performance many of whom were first time theater-goers.

The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum inspires learning through play for children ages 2-10, and is located at 1010 Nipomo St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. Program and activity information can be found at www.slocm.org or by calling (805) 545-5874.

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