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Kids museum idea in Riverton makes progress

Mar 22, 2013 - Staff

Planning for the Central Wyoming Center for Art, Technology and Science in Riverton is still in the works.

Organizers assured the mayor and city council that the center for children also could bring an economic boost to town. CWCATS spokesperson Nance Shelsta said the group has been planning for about a year and a half and now is seeking donations and a location for the museum.

She said part of the group's mission is to provide many hands-on activities that will be able to help children develop, engage and learn. Exhibits would showcase different themes that will change every month and will combine interactive play with the arts, technology and sciences.

"It's so different from any regular museum," Shelsta said.

Bill Reiter, an elementary school science teacher and member of the planning board, told the council how natural resources would be tied into the hands-on learning.

"Things that are important to our community will be reflected in these exhibits," Reiter said.

Shelsta said the facility would enhance the community. She added that a member of the planning group, who also is a real estate broker, tracked 10 families who moved to Fremont County recently. Seven of those families reportedly moved to Lander because they said there were more things to do there with their children.

Shelsta said she hopes to change that perception over the years.

The board expects this museum to be different from the Lander Children's Museum. CWCATS is set to have a gift shop and snack shop. The center also would provide school memberships, punch cards, birthday party packages and affordable entrance fees.

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