The popular Mid-Hudson Children's Museum in Poughkeepsie is planning for a major expansion in order to broaden their services beyond what they currently offer (cue sounds of local parents cheering!).

Expansion efforts include a new and improved children's museum PLUS a new campus with a science center, a dedicated space for teens interested in STEM, and a family centered culinary learning center.

According to their website,

MHCM was recently approved to assume ownership of a piece of property known as Upper Landing, which is adjacent to our current property on the Poughkeepsie Waterfront and includes two historically significant but vacant buildings.  That this property is being made available to us – at this very time –  creates a rare and exciting opportunity for MHCM as we consider our expansion possibilities.  Together with the two buildings on our own site, we have the opportunity to develop a whole new museum campus to benefit our region.

 

We are now actively exploring how the buildings can be restored and re-purposed.  Specifically, we are evaluating how each of the four buildings that exist across the two neighboring properties might be developed into separate and distinct “museums” that would provide families with a selection and progression of age-appropriate experiences designed to grow with their children and families.

They have been posting updates on their facebook page, and have included information about the #hvgive campaign that has already helped to collect funds for this exciting project.

I, for one, am pretty excited about the planned expansion, how about you?