Bringing Play Back to Children’s Museum
Arius Cunningham, 7, plays foam building blocks at the Children’s Museum of Oswego.

Bringing Play Back to Children’s Museum

By Tim Nekritz nekritz@gmail.com Sophia Cardinale, a play facilitator at the Children’s Museum of Oswego, spends a lot of her time now cleaning the exhibits, materials and toys to ensure a healthy experience for visiting families. The Children’s Museum of Oswego closing from March to August was a challenge, because it took away peak time for field trips, as well as the ability to host birthday parties When what you do is all about hands-on experience with a clientele who puts their hands on everything, how do you adjust to a global pandemic? My kid has been wonderful at adapting to changes brought on by COVID-19, but one thing he kept asking this summer was when he could play at the Children’s Museum of Oswego again. Finally, in early August, the museum at the corner of West Bridge and First streets in Oswego reopened its doors with changes and an ambitious cleaning regimen, to the delight of local children and families. One big change we discovered immediately is that you have to make a reservation online. The museum is only allowed to operate at reduced capacity, so they need to limit attendees. When we go, the museum is less crowded

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