New Children's Museum Oro Valley opens today

Published: May. 1, 2015 at 8:03 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:14 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Parents who live on the Northwest side no longer have to drive downtown to have some air conditioned fun with the little ones.

The new Children's Museum Oro Valley opens today to the public at 9 a.m. with a grand opening ceremony.

Admission is free today, Saturday, and Sunday.

It is located in the Steam Pump Village Shops on Oracle Road just north of 1st Avenue. That is about a 30 minute drive from the Children's Museum Tucson's downtown location.

The Town of Oro Valley says families with young children are the largest growing demographic in the area, so there is a need to create an early-learning experience for the community. The museum says children develop 90 percent of their brain before the age of five.

Erika Cihal is one of the lucky Marana moms who got to test out the new facility earlier this week and is impressed by the set up.

Her three-year-old is able to reach everything and doesn't get lost among the big kids like she does at the downtown location.

She also likes that it's one room so it's easier to keep track of her toddler.

But that's not the only reason she's a fan!

"For us it's saving time, mostly in the car. It's cutting from 40 min to 20 min which we do have a toddler, that's a long time to sit in the car so it's a lot more convenient," said Cihal.

"It definitely forces kids to interact and share different stations which is definitely really important to me for her to learn how to share before she goes to school," she added.

--Friday, May 1 - Ribbon cutting starts at 9 a.m. - Free Admission - 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

--Saturday, May 2 – Sunday, May 3 - Grand Opening Weekend - Free Admission - 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The project took four months to build. The total cost was $600,000 and paid for by the Town of Oro Valley, The Children's Museum Tucson, and community donations.  KMSB FOX 11 Daybreak's Maria Hechanova is live this morning to give parents a preview of what's inside the new facility that caters to children five years old and younger.

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