The Children’s Museum of Findlay in Ohio has been inspiring children, connecting families, and building community through exploration, exhibits, programming, and play since its doors opened in July 2014. During the last three years, what began as a 7,000-square-foot museum with 13 exhibits has grown to a 13,000-square-foot museum with 20 exhibits.
Marathon Pipe Line LLC (MPL) built an exhibit that focuses on safe digging and the importance of calling 811. The two-level exhibit allows children to play at floor level and depicts utility lines located underground, demonstrating what household items are powered by underground utilities. When pushed, colored buttons illuminate each utility, and the sound of the item powered by that utility plays. The second level of the exhibit includes a play yard with a “swimming pool” where kids can safely cannon ball into 2,000 foam blocks.
In November of 2016, 30 MPL employees helped the museum complete new exhibits in anticipation of the Museum’s January 2017 expansion opening.
“We are so proud to have this museum in our community,” says Karen Byers, MPL Damage Prevention supervisor, who serves as president on the Museum’s Board. “It really fulfills the original vision of a safe place for children to play with hands-on exhibits designed to help them be creative and stretch their imagination.”