Northwoods Children's Museum brings Fun and Education to Kids

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

On any given day at the Northwoods Children's Museum you'll find dozens of kids doing what kids do best.

But its more than just fun and games...

"Our whole exhibits are designed to educate the child while they're playing," said Rouleen Gartner, "we kind of do it back door where they don't even realize that they're learning, but they're learning about math, they're learning about science, they're learning about the world around them."

Rouleen Gartner is the executive director of the Northwoods Children's Museum in Your Town Eagle River. She says its important in this day and age that we make sure our kids break away from technology.

"Believe it or not, play is actually disappearing from our lives, kids don't get to play as much as they used to," Roulee said, "they're sitting in front of TVs, they're playing with the electronics, there's not a whole lot of interaction anymore with kids playing with other kids."

So the museum has packed its facility with hands on, learning fun. Including a hand-made reading tree.

"This tree behind me actually reads to the students and the children," Rouleen said, "so they take a book down, they dial the phone number into the phones that are in the trees, and the tree will read to them."

She says the tree is especially helpful for kids struggling with learning to read.

"It is a very comfortable environment, its their own little cubby hole that they can crawl into," Rouleen said, "so if they are struggling with words, they don't have other people watching them do it, its kind of on their own terms."

The museum makes sure to throw in activities kids see in their own backyards like snowmobiling, and fishing. There's even a mock doctor's office so kids can get more comfortable for an often intimidating situation.

And parents: its important for you to come play with your kids too.

"This is definitely a parent-child interaction place, we want that communication, we want that play between the two," Rouleen said, "it is important for the kids to explore on their own too, but the parents to be there and watch, and see how their kids are interacting with other children and different things that they find here."

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