November 10, 2020

In accordance with Governor Reynolds’ most recent public health emergency proclamation, The Iowa Children’s Museum will require masks for all guests 2 years of age and older (a change from our previous policy which required masks for those 6 years and older and encouraged mask usage for children under 5). This change will take effect for play sessions starting on Wednesday, November 11th and last until further notice. To protect the health of everyone in our space, we will continue to require that masks cover the nose and mouth, that playgroups maintain 6 feet of distance from others while in the museum, and enforce our reduced capacity limits (less than 10% of normal capacity). Playgroups should be no more than 8 people, unless a larger group all live within the same household.

Our team is committed to providing quality play experiences for children while caring for the health of guests and staff. This increase in restrictions reflects the ever-changing public health crisis and is subject to further change without notice. We will continue to follow the recommendations and guidance of public health experts. To learn more about the many policies and procedures we have implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here. Thank you for helping us remain a healthy, welcoming environment for all!

August 28, 2020

We learned last night that a member of The ICM team has tested positive for Covid-19. This individual was last at The Iowa Children’s Museum on Monday, August 24. The museum has been fully sanitized and cleaned multiple times since then. We are taking steps to support not only this employee, but our entire team. We have worked to ensure that any staff member with close contact to the affected individual is taking appropriate steps as outlined by the CDC and Johnson County Public Health.

We will be open today and plan to operate under normal hours in the days ahead. We continue to monitor the situation, seeking the advice of experts to guide our decision-making, and we remain as committed as ever to transparency with our guests and our community.

The health of our guests, staff, and community is our top priority. Since our reopening six weeks ago, we have greatly limited museum and exhibit capacity, followed stringent daily sanitizing procedures, required face coverings, installed virus-mitigating air purifiers in our HVAC system, and monitored the health of our staff on a daily basis. To learn more about our commitment to health and safety, visit theicm.org.

Take care, and know how much we value your continued support.

UPDATE: In consultation with Johnson County Public Health, we’ve determined that no ICM guests meet the criteria for having been “exposed” by our Covid-19 positive staff member.

July 10, 2020 Update

The Iowa Children’s Museum Reopening Its Doors with a New Way to Play

The Iowa Children’s Museum (The ICM) is pleased to share that it will reopen its doors with limited capacity to members on Monday, July 13, 2020 and to the public on Tuesday, July 14. Families who are ready to visit will experience new ways to play, as The ICM has implemented a number of new policies and procedures designed to protect the health and wellbeing of visitors and staff.

“Children need opportunities to play, learn and grow, and we’re excited to be a resource for families once again,” said Executive Director, Jeff Capps. “While COVID-19 is still a challenge we must face together, we are confident in our reopening plan. We have used the last four months of our closure to learn, prepare, and create a plan that has been informed and supported by a number of local health experts and fellow community leaders. We can’t wait to play!”

The new ways we’re playing:

  • Timed entry: Online ticket reservations for a specific play session are now required for ALL guests, including members. Learn more or purchase your tickets now at theicm.org/tickets. Play sessions are:
    • Member Monday: 10 a.m.–Noon and 2-4 p.m. (members only)
    • Tuesday – Thursday: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Friday – Sunday: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.
  • Reduced capacity: Admission is limited to less than 10% of our regular capacity, and each exhibit is also limited in how many playgroups can use the space at one time.
    Enhanced safety and sanitizing: We will be sanitizing high-touch areas throughout the day and completing a thorough, museum-wide sanitizing process between each play session.
  • Masks: Face coverings are required for guests ages 6 and up. Children ages 3-5 are also encouraged to wear masks.
  • Investing in our infrastructure: Additional hand sanitizing stations, physical barriers at our front desk, directional signage throughout the space, and virus-mitigating air purifiers in our HVAC system are all an investment in our safety infrastructure and the health of our guests.
  • Staff health: The entire ICM team, including front-line floor managers and PLAYologists, are required to wear masks and to complete daily health check-ins before starting their workday.
  • Learn more about all of our new ways of playing at theicm.org/plan-your-trip

For families who may not be ready to return to the ICM’s physical space, the museum is launching its ICM2Go program. These free and low-cost resources help families explore nature, learn about STEM, create works of art, and more without leaving the comfort of their home. The ICM is continually re-imagining how we can play together, and we are excited to bring more learning and fun to our community. Visit theicm.org/icm2go to learn more.

May 20, 2020 Update

Hello, friends of The ICM!  While Governor Reynolds’ recent proclamation allows for the re-opening of various kinds of institutions and attractions as early as this Friday, we will not be re-opening right away. Our sole focus remains on advancing a thoughtful and thorough re-opening plan that assures the health and safety of our staff and visitors as much as possible. We will keep you apprised of our progress, just as we take off with a new round of virtual programming in the days ahead!

During our continued closure, we are not booking birthday parties or other events in our space. All 2020 summer camps have also been cancelled (updated 6/8/20). Please keep an eye on this page for further updates as we determine next steps. Any questions about programming at The ICM should be directed to reservations@theicm.org.

Please continue to take good care, and know how much we appreciate your ongoing support for the Power of Play at The ICM!!

Closed Until Further Notice (updated 3/27/2020)

With the safety and well-being of our community in mind, The Iowa Children’s Museum team has made the difficult decision to extend our temporary closure. Our doors will remain closed until further notice. As advocates for children and families, we can only fulfill our mission if we help keep our community healthy.

We continue to evaluate the quickly evolving situation related to the novel coronavirus and look forward to announcing our plans to re-open! Until then, please continue to check our website and social media for the latest updates.

Your support during this uncertain time means the world to us. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on the generosity of our community to keep our mission alive. If you are able, please consider supporting The Iowa Children’s Museum however you can!

Temporary Closure of The Iowa Children’s Museum (updated 3/15/20)

To help address growing public health concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The Iowa Children’s Museum will close to the public beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16 and will remain closed through at least March 30, 2020. All programming, camps and events at the museum during this time will be rescheduled or cancelled.

There has been no known exposure to individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 in the museum or amongst our guests or staff. This decision was made to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to contribute to the health and well-being of our community.   

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented and quickly-changing public health crisis. We did not take the decision to close lightly; we know this closure will disrupt the plans of many friends of The ICM. We will reach out as soon as possible to reschedule or issue refunds for Spring Break camps, birthday parties, and other events pre-scheduled for our space during the closure period.

As a privately-funded non profit organization, The Iowa Children’s Museum relies on the generosity of our community. We are grateful for your ongoing support, as well as your memberships and contributions, that will help to sustain our organization during this challenging time.

We look forward to playing again when we re-open. Museum leadership will continue to monitor the quickly evolving situation and will re-evaluate this decision on a weekly basis. Be well, and take care of one another!

 

Jeff Capps

Executive Director

The Iowa Children’s Museum