Children’s Museum expanding at new location
BURLINGTON — The Children’s Museum of Skagit County announced Thursday that it plans to install a family resource center at its new location at the Outlet Shoppes at Burlington.
A portion of the new 12,250-square-foot museum, which spans three storefronts, will be dedicated to a center that will offer a variety of free classes, including respite support and parenting classes.
“I think it’s going to be an outstanding opportunity for all families,” said Cate Anderson, museum executive director. “We’re hoping to make it as expansive as possible.”
The museum plans to eventually fund the resource center through partnerships with organizations related to the Children’s Council of Skagit County, Anderson said.
The council is a group of businesses, organizations and community members that promotes the well-being of youths through educational programs and events.
The museum is hoping to tailor the center to the needs of the community, Anderson said.
A retail store, classrooms, a party room, science center and an art room are expected to be available at the new museum space, according to architectural documents.
The museum is currently in the first stage of a two-part move to the new location. The cost of construction and the move is estimated to be about $500,000, Anderson said.
In addition to the resource center, the museum’s iconic freight line truck exhibit will be receiving a facelift.
A new truck provided by the PACCAR Technical Center is set to be installed at the new location.
The truck, a modified 2016 Kenworth W900, is part of a long-term partnership with PACCAR that will offer children educational opportunities in transportation.
Chris Salvador, engineer manager at PACCAR, said it’s important for children to grow with the technology around them.
“That’s where the jobs of the future are going to be,” he said. “The workforce doesn’t look anything like it did when I was a kid. Because the jobs are changing, we want to make sure that children are prepared for that shift.”
PACCAR will be working with architects to customize the truck to the new exhibits’ specifications. Salvador said the truck will be technologically updated.