LETTER FROM THE CEO/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
As we approach the end of the year, I am excited and grateful about all Miami Children’s Museum has been able to accomplish in 2016. From the opening of new, innovative permanent and traveling exhibits to hosting successful programs and events, we have continued to stay at the cutting edge of early childhood education initiatives. As we move full steam ahead in planning our 2017 Be a Kid Again Gala and executing our Master Plan, we ask for your continued support in ensuring we provide each child in our community with the necessary building blocks to create bright futures.
If you haven’t already, I invite you to come visit us soon and see firsthand what we have been able to accomplish together.
Until next year,
GARY RESHEFSKY NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gary Reshefsky, a respected insurance industry professional and lawyer, has been named President of the Board of Directors of Miami Children’s Museum. A board member since 2005, Gary has previously served as Vice President and Finance Committee Member. In this role he provided guidance and set policy for this valuable community resource and attraction.
Gary is a principal in Century Risk Advisors, an insurance agency with offices in Boca Raton and Coral Gables. Gary is involved in all facets of CRA’s operations with his primary focus being delivering excellent service to CRA’s clients. Gary also leads Public Risk Advisors, a related risk management consulting firm that provides consulting services to public entities and other similar institutions. Gary earned a BBA in Finance from The George Washington University in 1996, and a JD and MBA from the University of Miami in 1999. He is a member of the Florida Bar and holds multiple insurance licenses.
FRIENDS AND PHILANTHROPY BREAKFAST
Friends and supporters of Miami Children’s Museum including students from the Miccosukee Indian School, gathered together on September 28th to preview the future of the Museum and celebrate the work we’ve done thus far. To read more about the Museum’s Master Plan, CLICK HERE.
2016 NOT SO SCARY FAMILY HALLOWEEN BASH
All the little ghosts and goblins along with their families were treated to a boo-tiful time at Miami Children’s Museum’s “Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash!” on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Miami Children’s Museum. The event, chaired by Jessica & Jack Collins and Alexis & Scott Wagner, brought in nearly $100,000 which will directly support the Museum’s educational programming.
Costumed trick-or-treaters made their candy collecting way around the Museum’s galleries. They created crazed crafts and became part of the fun and colorful costume parade. Families had a bewitching time creating miniature pumpkin and sugar skulls, face painting, dancing the Monster Mash, eating delectable treats and taking part in the silent auction featuring exciting items. Additionally guests enjoyed Miami’s best family friendly haunted house; a 2,500 square foot Haunted House with a unique collection of zombies, ghosts and haunting music and sounds. Sponsors for the event included: The Collins Family (Haunted House Sponsor); GreenbergTraurig (Haunted Activity Sponsor); and Pollo Tropical (Haunted Bites Sponsor).
2016 SOMETHING'S BREWING AFTER DARK
Miami Children’s Museum’s young professionals group, the Playmakers, celebrated their 2nd annual Something’s Brewing After Dark on October 28, 2016. Guests enjoyed brews by Bacardi and Gold Coast Distributors and bites by Shake Shack, Yardhouse, My Ceviche, Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream, Del Monte and many more. Sponsors for the event included Tom Gallagher Insurance, Ironview Capital Management, Golden Sands General Contractors, Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A., and PP3 Construction. Guests danced to special guest DJ Laz, enjoyed a costume contest and a night at the Museum all benefitting the Very Important Potential (VIP) program which enables MCM to provide free programs and services to underprivileged children.
Miami Children’s Museum is saddened by the loss of Randall H. Lee who was a beloved member of our MCM family. Serving on the Board of Directors as President for many years, his continued support and dedication to MCM impacted thousands of children. He played an instrumental role in securing the funding to renovate our Baptist Children’s Hospital Health and Wellness permanent exhibit gallery, allowing MCM to create a dynamic, immersive, educational and fun interactive experience for children to explore the importance of health and wellness. Randy will be greatly missed by all.
Through the support of a generous grant from Coral Gables Community Foundation, Miami Children’s Museum will be able to provide field trips in the next few months to several schools in the Coral Gables community. Led by community leaders, the Coral Gables Community Foundation provides the philanthropic conduit to connect individuals and corporations looking to positively impact the success of the community. We are honored to have received this grant and will continue to ensure MCM provides field trips to all of our South Florida community.
Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails
The world’s most beloved #1 blue engine rolled into Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) on September 24, 2016. Thomas & Friends®: Explore the Rails, an interactive exhibit created by Minnesota Children’s Museum and inspired by the popular children’s series on PBS KIDS in the US, and Treehouse and Télé-Québec in Canada, will be at MCM for a three month stay through January 8, 2017.
Featuring the favorite engines and destinations from Thomas & Friends, the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) focused exhibit seeks to engage children, ages two through seven years, and their families in foundational skills that foster STEM literacy through playful learning experiences. The exhibit incorporates foundational STEM practices that encourage thinking mathematically, making comparisons, experimenting to solve problems using a variety of methods and tools, thinking creatively and reflecting on actions and results.
Bank of America Exhibit
Exciting renovations of the permanent Bank of America exhibit at Miami Children’s Museum were unveiled to the public on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The Bank of America exhibit has been an original component of MCM since it began operations more than 13 years ago. The upgraded experience, made possible through the support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, is part of an ongoing plan to update and refresh the permanent exhibits within the Museum, and, in this case, align with the digital enhancements occurring throughout the banking industry.
While the new Bank of America exhibit retains the existing bank façade, the entire interior has received a makeover with all new interactive technology and digitization. Children will be attracted to the exhibit by the addition of multiple interactive functions and games including: a photo‐op that lets them put their face in the center of a dollar bill; a gesture interface interactive that presents children to all the coins that add up to a dollar; and the “Earn, Save, Spend” interactive which allows kids to play a game in a Florida neighborhood while learning key lessons about the concept of earning money and deciding whether they want to spend or save. Additionally, a set of touchscreen activities lets younger kids practice number recognition, simple math skills and fine‐motor skills.
Welcome Michael and Rooney Brodie!
For more information about the Playmakers Young Professionals Group, please CLICK HERE.
- Music Makers Studio Grand Openin | December 17, 2016
- Sid the Science Kid Exhibit Opening | February 11, 2017
- Dr. Seuss’ Birthday | March 2, 2017
- 2017 Be A Kid Again Gala | March 11, 2017 | 6:30 pm at Soho Studios