OSWEGO – The Children’s Museum of Oswego is pleased to announce that it has received a $30,000 gift from Oswego Family Dentistry, the office of Dr. Kristin Nylen for the Build, Play, Grow Campaign.
The $30,000 gift will be used for continued development of permanent exhibits at the museum, to include a dental health exhibit as part of the museum’s plans for a 1,500 square foot “town square” area.
CMOO’s town square will feature a variety of familiar places children frequently visit in their community such as a dentist’s office, grocery store, hardware store, credit union and more.
This area will allow children the opportunity to experience these iconic places in a way like never before.
In CMOO’s town square, you will find children trying on adult roles such as ringing up groceries at the cash register, filling out checks at the credit union, and inspecting healthy teeth at the dental office.
These experiences are designed to engage children in pretend play that not only unleashes imagination, but also empowers children to develop self-confidence and explore different careers.
Jillian Shaver, executive director of CMOO said, “Providing opportunities to explore health topics in creative ways means children are more likely to develop positive attitudes towards healthy lifestyles.”
The Children’s Museum of Oswego aligns with The Association of Children’s Museum’s “Good to Grow” initiative which believes that “The family is the most important factor in promoting children’s health; and families turn to children’s museums for engaging activities, quality interactions and trustworthy information about child development and health.”
Dr. Kristin Nylen, owner of Oswego Family Dentistry, said, “Developing good oral hygiene habits at a young age is important for a child’s future. We hope interacting with this exhibit area can promote a feeling of security and familiarity when a child visits the dentist, to promote healthy eating habits and proactive oral care.”
Oswego Family Dentistry is located at 15 Bronson St. and overlooks Breitbeck Park and the Oswego Lighthouse.
Its office provides exceptional patient care, state-of-the-art equipment and complete range of dental services for the entire family.
To learn more, visit www.oswegodentistry.com or follow the company on Facebook.
Nylen said, “We are proud to support the Children’s Museum and its effort to help shape our community’s future generations. We believe strongly in the health of our children and want to do our part to aid in the success of our children and our city. We are glad to be able to give back in such a lasting way through our long -term commitment to CMOO.”
To date, the campaign has raised more than $850,000.
Shaver said, “We are so excited to have Oswego Family Dentistry’s support for our Build, Play, Grow Campaign. This is a tremendous example of a small, local business stepping up in a big way to support the creation of a one-of-a kind learning space right here in our community.”
More information about the Build, Play, Grow campaign, including the full case statement, can be found at www.cmoo.org.
Exhibit sponsorship opportunities in CMOO’s town square as well as other areas of the museum are still available.
Please contact the museum at 315-216-6387 if interested in becoming a sponsor.
CMOO is currently open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7 W. Bridge St.