Tuesday August 22, 2017 the Knock Knock Children’s Museum opened its doors after more than a decade of work from dedicated volunteers, advocates for early education and the generous philanthropic support of the Baton Rouge community. Executive Director, Peter Olson addressed the crowd of supporters and children at a ribbon cutting that took place earlier in the morning.
He delivered a powerful message about the museum’s mission to be a place inclusive for all. “It doesn’t matter how much money you have or don’t have. It doesn’t matter how big your house is or what your zip code is…everyone is made to feel welcome here at Knock Knock.” Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards were among the guests who celebrated in front of the doors of the museum. Governor Edwards and the First Lady expressed their gratitude for the museum and stressed the important role that the museum will play in building a stronger Baton Rouge.
“This opportunity is all about celebrating the diversity of Baton Rouge.” said Governor Edwards. First Lady Donna Edwards shared her enthusiasm. “Being a music teacher and educator, I know how important music, art and movement are to our kids.”
BREC Superintended Carolyn McKnight gave remarks recognizing the hard work and dedication that went into making the vision of the museum a reality. “Today is a result of big dreams and hard work from the small committee that first began this project to donors across our state who understand that these types of facilities make an incredible difference in the way our children learn, play and develop,” said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight.
Knock Knock Board Chair Aza Bowlin, a prolific fundraiser for the museum and board member since 2011, spoke about the “game-changing” museum and the impact it will have on the Baton Rouge community. “The legacy of Knock Knock Children’s Museum is that it truly is a community project for all children of our community, built by our community.”
The ceremony concluded with a spoken word performance by world renowned artist Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore performing an original piece entitled “Making a Small Entrance”.
The museum opened to the public at 12pm and will be offering free admission until 5pm. General admission tickets will cost $14 for ages 1 and older. Family Membership packages start at $150. Member families receive unlimited free admission for a year.
About Knock Knock Children’s Museum: Knock Knock Children’s Museum is an inclusive gathering place where families and children of all backgrounds and experiences will interact. The children’s museum itself is an approximately 26,000 square foot facility currently in the final stages of construction in City-Brooks Community Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Its prime location on 6 acres of existing parkland was selected to afford access to all communities within Baton Rouge and surrounding nine-parish area. Knock Knock Children’s Museum is comprised of hands-on, interactive exhibits called “Learning Zones.” Anchored in research and evidence based practices addressing all areas of development, the “Learning Zones” are designed to create teachable moments that will connect children’s every day experiences to learning. Knock Knock’s focus is on the development of the whole child with the goal of increasing early literacy skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) while expanding knowledge and raising interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) subjects and careers.
Press Release courtesy of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum