MOBIUS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM AND MOBIUS SCIENCE CENTER CONSOLIDATE INTO ONE LOCATION
SPOKANE, Wash. ─ After much deliberation, Mobius has consolidated its two locations. The children’s museum, formerly located in the lower level of River Park Square, will move into the space that the science center occupies in the Post Street Annex of the historic Washington Water Power building. Together, the children’s museum and science center will be transformed into Mobius Discovery Center.
Mobius Discovery Center will take advantage of the strongest aspects of the play-based children’s museum and the inquiry-based science center, incorporating them into one discovery center. The space inside the historic building will be revamped to include the most popular exhibits from both the children’s museum and the science center.
“As one nonprofit, the children’s museum and science center have always shared the same mission. Now, we’re excited to share the same home. COVID-19 has required us to get creative. We’re transforming in order to survive and continue to serve our region. It was a difficult decision to leave behind a great home, but combining locations allows us to be more efficient and focus on our mission,” said Karen Hudson, Mobius CEO.
“Mobius Children’s Museum has been an important part of River Park Square for nearly 15 years. We recognize the stress COVID-19 has placed on their operations, and we look forward to continuing our close working relationship with Mobius as community partners,” said Bryn West, River Park Square General Manager.
Mobius will be ready to reopen to the public once allowed under Washington State’s Safe Start reopening plan. In the meantime, Mobius has created new education programs to respond to the evolving needs of our community and a new learning landscape. Starting soon, parents can register their students, who are learning virtually to attend Curriculum Camp, an in-person program at Mobius that will run Monday through Friday. Additionally, families can order STEAM kits, self-guided and hands-on activities to do at home. Families also will be able to register for Mobius Virtual Programs, which are live virtual experiences guided by a Mobius Educator. Finally, classes and groups can participate in STEAM workshops, which can be tailored to a virtual or in-person experience. More information about current programs is available at mobiusdiscoverycenter.org.
In addition, Mobius will continue to provide learning opportunities through “Mobius on the Move,” the outreach team that travels to students and groups throughout the Inland Northwest. Upon reopening, Mobius Educators will continue offering STEAM programming in The Labs at Mobius, sponsored by Washington Trust Bank and Kalispel Tribe and Northern Quest Resort & Casino.
“Ultimately, we will continue to provide educational experiences no matter how adaptive we have to be, so families can still turn to Mobius as a trusted resource and safe place to learn,” said Hudson.
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About Mobius: Sparking the curiosity of younger children through exploration, play, and the arts, and igniting imaginations of all ages with fascinating exhibits, technology, and skill-building activities. Mobius Discovery Center provides a unique continuum of experiential learning that cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving abilities — foundational skills that create lifelong learners. Mobius is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that operates in downtown Spokane across the street from Riverfront Park at 331 N Post St. Find us online at mobiusdiscoverycenter.org.