A Timeline of the Children’s Museum
Among the first such museums to be created in Florida, The Children’s Museum of Boca Raton is today the oldest in existence in the state, having remained true to its original intent and function. It is housed in the historic “Singing Pines,” circa 1913. The building was moved to its present location in Memorial Park in 1976, and dedicated to the community’s children when it opened as “Singing Pines Museum” in 1979.
Singing Pines Museum’s name was changed to “Children’s Museum,” and presented the first permanent exhibit, “The Pioneer Kitchen.”
Museum presented the first KidsFest in Palm Beach County; an annual multicultural festival for children that celebrates the vibrant arts, history and cultures of South Florida with a day of family entertainment and activities. Adventures in the Arts Summer Camp started in July.
Traveling Museum was created as a series of multimedia workshops developed to integrate the arts and culture into academic subjects and provide engaging educational experiences to children from Pre-K through 5th grade in schools, private preschools, and community centers in Palm Beach, Broward and Martin Counties.
Historic restoration of the “Singing Pines” building and addition of a “1935 Cottage,” donated by the Arvida Corporation, for use as administrative offices and storage. The restored Museum was reopened with the 4th Annual KidsFest in 1991.
Traveling Museum curricula updated by enlisting leading experts through partnerships with Gumbo Limbo, Florida Atlantic University, Museum of Discovery, Seminole Indian Nation, and the School District of Palm Beach County, to augment and enhance existing programs and develop new programs to include Sunshine State Standards.
“FACES: A Celebration of Florida Cultures Through the Arts” opened as a permanent exhibit. The exhibit engages children through ethnic costumes, food, literature, music, musical instruments, and artifacts reflecting various cultures that have influenced South Florida. FACES was further developed in 1999 to include a reading readiness and arts outreach program.
1999 – 2000
“Archaeo-Project” was created as an additional outreach program for 4th and 5th grade students to be a complement to FCAT testing and focus on Florida History, Prehistory, Pioneers, and the importance of preservation of cultural artifacts.
Collaborative efforts with Boca Raton Educational Television opened a new educational venue. The Tale Spinner’s Club featured original multicultural stories from FACES, and two videos were created to complement the Physical Anthropology and Archaeology units of Archaeo-Project.
Commemorated the Silver Anniversary of the Museum’s enduring service to the community through its exhibits, programming, and events.
The Palm Beach County Commissioners awarded the Museum $330,000 from Cultural Development Bond funds. These funds, along with support from other sources, have been dedicated to the expansion of the Museum campus with replica construction of Rickard’s House (circa 1897), featuring Jason’s Music Hall.
A site dedication took place in March 2009.
2010 – 2011
Groundbreaking took place in June 2010; Rickard’s House and Jason’s Music Hall opened in Spring 2011.
Florence Fuller Child Development Centers acquires the Boca Raton Children’s Museum.