GREAT FALLS — The Children’s Museum of Montana in Great Falls is asking for help creating a safe, quiet space for kids. The museum is turning its banquet room into an area that can be used for child counseling sessions or supervised child visitations. Toys are needed for the room, preferably hard plastic toys that can be easily sanitized.
Museum administrative assistant Joslin Knightstep said the idea came up at a recent museum board meeting after they were contacted by people interested in using the room.
"One of the only places they can go right now is fast-food restaurants with a play place. So unfortunately that's something they're having to deal with right now, trying to find accessible, clean, safe spaces so we thought this might be a good opportunity to hop on board and support them and hopefully get some support back, too, from the community,” Knightstep said.
They hope to make the room mobile: “We do, obviously, use this room for other things. So in the event that happens, we want to make sure we can pick everything up, move it to a different room, and be able to offer (the service) any time we’re open,” Knightstep explained.
Regular admission fees will still be required to use the room. There are memberships available for organizations as well.
The facility is located near Whittier Park and the Civic Center in downtown Great Falls. Call 406-452-6661 for more information, or click here to visit the website.