In anticipation of summer each year, the museum renovates a permanent exhibit and prepares the space upstairs for an exciting special exhibit. I look forward to everyone seeing what we have planned for 2019! This year, we’ve chosen to update our outdoor space, the Grass Patch. It’s a popular area that’s free to use. Over the course of many years, it’s become a well-loved space for visitors as well as our neighbors. There will be a new, large play set in front of the museum, as well as a space dedicated to toddlers with an awning to provide some shade. I think this space will become a new favorite for many children. Our special exhibit upstairs is one that’s been in the works for several years. Creating Enchanted Kingdom has truly been a team effort. We want the experience of visiting the exhibit to be joyful and engaging for all ages. When creating exhibit pieces like the dragon nursery or the medieval market place, we consider how children will interact in each area. We determine how best to engage essential skills through play as well as guided activities like Don’t Poke The Dragon, a daily program that will help children explore emotions. Both the new Grass Patch and Enchanted Kingdom will open on May 25. I hope you make plans to include a visit to the museum this summer!
As executive Director of the Omaha Children’s Museum since June of 2002, Lindy Hoyer brings 26 years of passion for reaching out to children through children’s museum work and continues striving to inspire young people to play, explore and learn. During Hoyer’s tenure as Executive Director, Omaha Children’s Museum has seen fantastic growth and accomplishment from hosting blockbuster traveling exhibits to completing a $6.6 million capital campaign and renovation of the museum’s permanent exhibits and seeing attendance soar to over 270,000 annually. Hoyer participated in the inaugural Noyce Leadership Institute along with 17 science center executives from across the world. She has served on the board of directors for the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) and participates in Qm2 Roundtable for Museum Executives. Locally, she serves on the Omaha Sister City Association Board and serves as a member of the Economic Development Commission for Nebraska.