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Orange County Children's Museum - Youth Market

Orange County Children's Museum
November 2021
01:00 AM PDT
November 2021
05:06 PM PST

Orange County Children's Museum - Youth Market

When Covid-19 shut the world down, the non-profit Orange County Children’s Museum went to work. Planning over 150 free and at-cost events, activities, educational opportunities, DIY projects, and take-and-make craft kits allowed our community to stay connected and enjoy each other, even from a distance.

While the world begins to open back up, there is an even greater need to continue the programs that help children and families learn and grow together. We are working hard to secure in-kind donations to fulfill our project wish lists, but we need immediate help to sustain our mission.

Your donation will have an impact on children aged birth through eighteen, and will be used to fund STEAM projects, including our upcoming Youth Business Market.

About Orange County Children's Museum

With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth - 18. At OCCM, our mission is to engage the minds, muscles, and imaginations of children and the grown-ups that care about them. OCCM focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

At OCCM, we believe:
Families are our children’s first and most important teachers
Young children learn best through play
Diversity enriches children’s lives
Learning is lifelong process
Play changes the world

At OCCM, we strive to:
Support healthy childhood development
Nurture a passion for learning through play
Bring out the joy in life through discovery
Ignite curiosity and encourage children to become active, lifelong learners
Connect families to each other and the community
Provide enlightening and inspiring resources for families, caregivers, and educators of young children
Provide engaging projects, exhibits, and programming for young children and their families
Educate parents and caregivers about child development and parenting techniques
Build cultural understanding, positive social interaction, and celebrate diversity
Serve as a gateway to other cultural institutions and community programs

At OCCM, we value a learning framework that provides:
Opportunities and invitations for adults to engage in play
Shows evidence of community input and contributions
Supports materials that are natural and locally meaningful
Invitations for repetition and change
Opportunities to explore, investigate, manipulate, and reflect
Encouragement to continue exploration at home or in the community

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