C’mon, Let’s Go! A Day at Golisano Children’s Museum of NaplesApr 25, 2018 08:00AM ● By Mandy Carter
The entrance to C'mon. Photo by Mandy Carter.
Brain-building ExhibitsThe museum has a number of unique hands-on sections in which children can play and learn—including the Produce Market and the World Cafe creating excellent pretend-play opportunities based around food.
Kids get a chance to experience the seasons and natural environments through the Journey Through the Everglades, Banyan Tree, At the Beach and Mother Nature’s House exhibits. Other areas of the museum give kids a chance to get creative with art or building. But the fun does not stay indoors—young museum visitors can head outside to Johnsonville Backyardville for a beautiful hedge maze, green space with yard toys, a shaded amphitheater, chalk art space and a water-play area to get their hands wet.
All exhibits are included with the cost of admission ($12 for children, $10 for adults, free for teachers and museum members), providing a full day of hands-on entertainment for the family. My four-year old daughter boldly states that the grocery store is her favorite exhibit. She says, “I feel like a grownup shopping with my own cart, then checking out by myself!”
Traveling ExhibitsThe Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples has an area set aside for temporary exhibits, so this space frequently changes as various traveling exhibits pass through. On a winter visit, we experienced The Children’s China, a wonderful immersion into Chinese culture. The current traveling exhibit is Big League Fun where kids have interactive experiences with baseball training simulations, sports trivia and hands-on activities for all those little baseball fans. Make sure to take your Little Leaguers to C’mon by May 19 as the museum is making way for its next traveling exhibit: Future Park: Art + Technology, running June 2 - September 1. This exhibit is designed to encourage creative thinking, collaborative play and to build interest in technology.
The Importance of Play
Play is vital to a child’s health and development. When kids are having fun, they are also using their senses to explore, developing important social skills, stimulating key motor development and learning how to problem solve with physical activity. The exhibit designer for C’mon, 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 transformed the learning landscape of this museum into something that looks and feels like playtime for children.
The exhibits at C’mon 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.
C’mon EventsIn addition to the daily play opportunities, C’mon offers a variety of unique events throughout the year, from the casual Backyard Bash to the Night at the Museum gala fundraiser. The museum’s annual sand-sculpting competition will take place at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort on August 1. Annual memberships, which start at $135, also provide access to member-exclusive events such as Halloween Trick or Treat, Easter Egg-stravaganza and new exhibit previews.
C’mon Info15080 Livingston Road, Naples
Can U Dig It Playground
When visiting C’mon, be sure to check out the large playground across the parking lot from the museum and just beyond Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park. This playground is part of the North Collier Regional Park, offering interactive playground equipment with a unique fossil-dig play area that will extend the day trip from learning inside the museum to having physical activity outdoors at the park.
Mandy Carter is a local mom with a passion for family travel, a popular travel blogger, including her own family blog at Acupful.com, and the Managing Editor for TOTI Media.