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STEAM-focused permanent exhibit opens in Duke Energy Children’s Museum March 27

CINCINNATI – Staying home for Spring Break this year can be just as fun as a vacation. Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is pleased to announce the opening of KidSPACE, a new interactive gallery in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum where creation and education happen at your fingertips. KidSPACE opens March 27.

Understanding the growing importance of STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Mathematics) education, CMC has designed a new, interactive addition to the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. KidSPACE will encourage innovative thinking and improve problem-solving development through Science, Play, Art, Creativity and Exploration.

Geared toward children ages 3-10 and their families, the new gallery will help kids confront challenges and opportunities in today’s world. It aims to stimulate children to develop a positive attitude towards a wide range of learning tactics in a way that encourages invention through hands-on activities. From free range exploration, to planned workshops and design challenges, KidSPACE offers a wide variety of learning opportunities, both individually and in groups. The gallery will host several scheduled programs but will also be available for individual exploration during museum hours.

“The Duke Energy Children’s Museum is built around the idea that children learn by playing and by doing, and with the addition of KidSPACE we can supercharge both at once,” says Vanessa Van Zant, senior director of museum experience for Cincinnati Museum Center. “With the support of community partners leading programs and our talented staff offering tips during free exploration, this space is going to be a really fun area for children to let their imaginations play out in real, tangible ways.”

Participants will be able to explore five different “zones”: a wet zone where children are free to create masterpieces through painting, screen printing and ceramics; a textile zone for weaving and sewing; a light and dark zone for shadow play; an assembly zone where children can build and construct; and a high tech zone for experimenting with computers and 3D printing.

Offering a diverse range of activities for engaged, interactive learning, the gallery will provide an unforgettable experience, increasing involvement in STEAM education and helping to inspire curiosity in young creators.

For a complete list of KidSPACE programs and for more information, visit


About Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit