Spark City Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization in Jefferson County, Colorado, whose mission is to provide a safe, engaging environment that sparks the intellectual and creative curiosity of young children.
Jefferson County has so many wonderful things for children to do! Not only do we have thousands of acres of beautiful outdoor spaces and parks, but Jefferson County is home to several fantastic kid-friendly museums like the Colorado Railroad Museum and Dinosaur Ridge.
We want to create an incredible addition to our community - a hands-on, participatory place for young children to learn by experience, explore multiple solutions to different problems, and develop a lifelong love of learning; a place solely dedicated to the young child and their adventurous spirit.
"EDUCATION IS NOT THE FILLING OF A BUCKET, BUT THE LIGHTING OF A FIRE."
-W. B. Yeats-
THE Spark City Bus
The Spark City Bus is a beautiful 40-foot school bus that has been converted into a mobile children's museum! Three parts of the "city" are showcased on the bus-- the farm/orchard, the grocery market, and the cafe. Children can pick fruits and vegetables at the farm, sell them to the market, and prepare and serve meals in the kitchen and cafe. This act of role-playing teaches young children valuable social and emotional skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, gross and fine motor skills, science, math and art skills, and most importantly-- instills a lifelong love of learning through play.
We up-cycled numerous pieces of used furniture to build out the exhibits, and have had the helpful hands of family and friends to complete the conversion. The outside was painted by muralist Kamla Presswalla. A special thank you to Jake's Toy Box and Melissa and Doug for the generous donation of our props!
From June to October 2016, we brought the bus to various local preschools and childcare centers, community events, public parks, and Jefferson County Public Libraries. In four short months, we had over 2500 children on the bus! It was a wonderfully successful pilot season and we learned a lot about what worked and what didn't. We will be changing the "theme" of the bus several times throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2017 to allow children the opportunity to experience various other parts of the city.
We are currently accepting reservations for in-house preschool field trips, birthday parties, company picnics, neighborhood block parties, family reunions, etc. Please email or call us to reserve your date!
Thank you to everyone who came out and played on the bus this year and for all of you who donated to our nonprofit organization! None of this would be possible without the support of our generous community! Let's see if we can get over 5000 kids on the bus in 2017!!
SPARK CITY BUS 2017 PUBLIC OUTINGS
(Admission is free, but donations are gratefully appreciated!)
Wednesday, August 23 9:30-12:30p Standley Lake Library
Saturday, August 26 9:30-12p Tanglewood Park, Golden
Saturday, September 2 9:30-12:30p Belmar Library
Saturday, September 9 12-3p Ken Caryl Safeway
Sunday, September 10 1:30-4:30pm Standley Lake Library, Arvada
Saturday, September 16 9-1p Entercom Baby and Kids Event, Belmar
Monday, September 18 9:30-12:30p Standley Lake Library
Saturday, October 7 9:30-12:30p Belmar Library
Saturday, October 21 9am SPARK CITY SPOOKTACULAR FUNDRAISER! The Goddard School, Arvada