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The Delaware Children’s Museum builds imaginative minds through play and math-, science-, and technology-based informal learning.

What’s informal learning? It’s when children learn through their own exploration and activity, as they follow their personal interests and grasp concepts naturally. Also referred to as “playful learning,” it’s what kids do best.

As DCM Board member, education expert, and author Dr. Roberta M. Golinkoff (University of Delaware) explains:

Playful learning is when children develop their imagination and physical, cognitive and emotional strengths.
As they master their world through playful learning, children develop new competencies that lead to the enhanced confidence and the resiliency they will need to face future challenges.
Children’s museums fill a crucial gap, inviting children and families to come together to learn, all at their own level.

At children’s museums, children solve problems, investigate alternatives and enjoy their discoveries in a way that makes them want to learn more.
This is because learning takes place best in a meaningful context, and this is exactly what children’s museums provide.

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What is Informal Learning?

It’s when children learn through their own exploration and activity, as they follow their personal interests and grasp concepts naturally. Also referred to as “playful learning,” it’s what kids do best.

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Leave your family legacy at DCM!

Help support the DCM by leaving a lasting mark on our future. With a donation of $250, you can permanently display your child’s name, age, and handprint on the DCM’s new “Hands of the Future” wall. Located down a prominent and highly-trafficked hallway near the Museum’s entrance, this one-of-a-kind donation supports the DCM’s mission and ongoing operations while also creating a lasting legacy for your family at the DCM for years to come. Be part of our future with a “Hands of the Future” donation today!

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Community Access Programs

The DCM is proud to offer Community Access Programs (CAPs), generously supported through our Breaking Barriers Campaign. CAPs are designed to make sure that as many families as possible are able to experience the playful learning opportunities that the Museum provides, by eliminating any access barriers that keep children and their families away from the Museum.

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Children’s museums are popping up all over the country.

Here are some facts that show how everyone benefits:

  • Children’s museums are the youngest and fastest growing museums in the country and world.
  • Children museums serve as “town squares” and build social capital.
  • Children museums complement and supplement traditional educational resources.
  • Children’s museums contribute to local economies.

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