Sonoma County Children’s Museum and Redwood Empire Food Bank team up for ‘Donate Playdate’
With masks decorated with dinosaurs, fire engines and “Paw Patrol” figures, dozens of children strolled through the outdoor exhibits of the Sonoma County Children’s Museum on Friday.
In partnership with the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the museum hosted a “Donate Playdate” where visitors could bring in food donations for the food bank.
Devin Murray, Food Bank Development Associate, said she was excited to partner with another local nonprofit.
“If it attracts people,” she said, “I would say it’s a beautiful day.”
The food bank often hosts donation events throughout the county, which you can find by visiting the monthly calendar on their website, refb.org.
Dozens of children – closely followed by guardians, reminding children to put on their masks – enthusiastically roamed the outdoor space.
Some made their way to the Russian River Miniature Exhibit to play in the water, while others opted to explore an actual helicopter.
The museum has been slowly reopening since June with additional coronavirus precautions, said Collette Michaud, CEO and founder of the museum. The indoor exhibitions will open in mid-June.
Masks are mandatory for all visitors over the age of three, which is not a problem, Michaud, since the children have spent a year practicing wearing headgear.
Besides, who could complain about a mask when there are bubble wands available?
A new addition to the Children’s Museum is a “trike track” where kids can cycle around a map of Sonoma County overlaid on the sidewalk.
For sanitation purposes, the museum got creative, placing coffee filters as a barrier between children’s heads and their helmets when riding the tricycles.
Buckets for collecting dirty toys are also available, so employees can regularly clean used toys.
Eating is prohibited except in a designated picnic area, where many have stopped to enjoy a small applesauce before rushing back to the exhibits.
Find more information on upcoming museum events at cmosc.org.