When children play, they learn. Whether they are learning to move and control their bodies more smoothly, thinking through a problem at a new level of understanding, using their language skills more effectively, or increasing their abilities to get along with others, children are learning through play. In providing an environment for play-filled learning, C’mon affirms that play is not merely something to be tolerated in the gaps between eating, sleeping, and periods for formal learning. Play is vitally necessary to a child’s health and full development. While kids are having fun, they are also:Children’s museum specialist Mary Sinker, and acclaimed exhibit designer Jack Rouse Associates, conceived each exhibit as a model of three interrelated principles: an appreciation of children’s play behavior, knowledge of how an environment can influence play and learning, and an understanding of children’s developmental milestones. These three core beliefs enabled them to transform the learning landscape so that serious learning looks like play… for those who know how to look. The exhibits present a well-rounded universe that is rarely experienced by children or, for that matter, the adults in their lives, from the swamps of the Everglades to outer reaches of the galaxy, from the annual change of seasons to a farm to a day at the beach. At the heart of the exhibits is The Banyan Tree, a soaring, two-story banyan tree with cubbies nestled in vertical prop roots, a lookout platform, and crawling branches that lead to the fascinating tree house at the top, inspiring children’s imagination as well as body coordination. Exhibits were created to meet Florida’s Sunshine State curriculum standards, and all are accessible for individuals with developmental, hearing, physical, social/emotional and visual challenges.
- Using senses to explore
- Developing social skills through cooperation and collaboration
- Stimulating gross motor development
- Using curiosity, imagination and role play to investigate
- Working together toward common goals
- Employing creative decision making
- Using physical activity as a catalyst for problem solving
Have you seen the new exhibit, Building with KEVA®? The new exhibit invites children and their families to use their imagination to design and build structures. KEVA® planks are a construction system in which participants use gravity, not glue to build structures using precision-cut identically sized wood [...]
Did you know that C’mon will display fine art in the “Loos Art Gallery”? The fine art collection will display art that has a focus on children and animals.
Doubling as a classroom with supplies stored in locked, built-in cabinets, the Art Studio & Gallery is an inviting, well-lit, hands-on art area with easy to clean floors and walls. Smocks to protect clothing hang on hooks by the door. See-through bins filled with art materials, paper racks, fold-able drying racks, drying shelves, and [...]
Whether it’s using environmentally friendly building materials to construct a model of C’mon, or exploring a see-through section of the wall, this an amazing experience for budding architects, builders or designers! Children don hard hats and grab a plastic tool as they experience life on a construction site with a difference. The unique sights and [...]
No matter where we live or whether it is rainy, snowy, stormy, or warm and sunny, ‘weather’ and ‘seasons’ affect everyone all the time! Whether watching a snowfall, planting bulbs, witnessing a tropical storm or raking a pile of leaves, children will experience earth’s rhythms and seasonal changes. This special house has four rooms, each [...]
The Produce Market is a realistic, child-sized market full of the bounty of Florida as well as a number of familiar and ethnic boxed and prepared foods. Shopping carts can be used to collect purchases. In addition, bilingual, laminated shopping lists complete with pictures of food items help shoppers make decisions about their purchases. A [...]
It takes a lot of people to make a farm work! Visitors at The Farm perform a number of important jobs to make sure the fruits and vegetables that make Florida such an important agricultural state get picked when ripe and delivered on time. As visitors enter the area, they spin a wheel of chance [...]
The World Café is a child-sized eatery where visitors will prepare, serve, and eat any food they can imagine. As they “eat,” children can study real artifacts from around the world and compare them to things in their own homes. The artifacts are part of our O’Connell Collection, assembled over the course of 50 years [...]
Launch into a world of exploration as you visit the many different street exhibits, which include the hands-on Art Studio, Green Construction space and Trolley.
The heartbeat of the museum is reflected in the Banyan Tree, and its central location ensures that everyone will spend at least a little of their museum time near, in, or up the tree. Comfortable seating is built into the tree’s massive trunk. A relaxed ramp leads up to a lookout platform, where there is [...]
Sounds, smells, steamy mist, and the unique light of the Everglades greets visitors as they study the site map of this unique outdoors-in area, and decide which route to take through the Everglades. Here children climb in, around, through and under the twisted arms of an ancient mangrove. Whimsical pods are filled with curiosities to [...]
Wander through a maze, watch performances in the amphitheater and get your hands dirty as you create art.
There’s always a lot to do on a beautiful bright day at the beach. Here children will investigate a how to make a sail boat or hunt for their own shells. They can take an imaginary boat trip into the Gulf of Mexico. Perhaps they might fish from the Naples pier or admire the beautiful [...]
WGCU Curious Kids is a one-of-a-kind locally produced show hosted by kids for kids. C’mon has teamed up with WGCU Public Media to enhance the educational programs offered to families of Southwest Florida. This unique 5-year partnership is focused on the Curious Kids Exhibit, the Curious Kids TV show and hosting a PBS-based traveling exhibit [...]
The Children’s Museum of Naples offers several areas for the youngest visitors. These areas are adjacent to and draw their design inspiration from the galleries for older children, but are distinctly different in that they especially cater to the needs of the very young. The advantage of offering multiple infant/toddler sites throughout the museum are [...]