** SANTA FE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM AND COVID-19 **
~UPDATED March 13, 2020 at 9:02 am~
Due to COVID-19, and to keep our kids safe & healthy, the Museum will be closed and hold no programs for the next few weeks. Watch your email & this site for updates and fun at-home child activities. We appreciate your understanding in this evolving situation!
At the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, we pride ourselves in being a welcoming and safe environment for children and families to explore and learn through the power of play.
With that in mind, we’re closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and taking the proper precautions.
- We have signage posted at the entrance to the Museum and ask that all persons (adult or child), as well as our staff, refrain from visiting the Museum when they are ill.
- The Museum has not been notified by the CDC or any other public health organization that an exposed person has visited the Museum. As with any public space, we cannot know the medical history of every visitor, but the Children’s Museum is taking every precaution to strengthen our cleaning procedures and reduce the risk of spreading germs.
- The Children’s Museum has no plans to close at this time, however, we will take all precautions necessary to protect visitors, staff, and volunteers. We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus, consult with state and local health experts, and make the most informed decision possible at that time. If we are directed to close by city or state officials, we will follow that direction.
- We encourage visitors to bring pre-filled water bottles as our regularly operating water fountains are temporarily shut down. Discounted water will be made available in the gift shop for all visitors.
- Feel free to reach out to us at (505) 989-8359 x 100 or email@example.com if you have any additional concerns.
Talking to Your Children
- We know it can be challenging to educate our children about Covid19 in ways that are understandable and accurate, without being unduly alarming. Here are some resources that might help:
- Here’s a video about talking to kids about Coronavirus from our friends at PBS.
- And another great video about handwashing.
Museum Cleanliness: Policy and Procedures
The Santa Fe Children’s Museum has best practice standards and processes in place for the cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection of the Museum, including exhibit areas and other common areas, as well as “loose” interactive items (costumes, props and other consumables).
These standards include:
- Multiple hand sanitizer stations located throughout the Museum.
- Cleaning and wiping down exhibit areas (affixed and loose parts) throughout the day as well as at the close of each day with a disinfectant of the “E-3” standard recommended by WHO.
- Cleaning common areas (door handles, windows, bathrooms, handrails, sink, etc.) on an ongoing basis throughout the day.
- All cloth props (costumes, puppets, etc.) are machine washed daily using a high-temperature cycle.
- Containers for toys placed in the mouth are located throughout the Museum and are cleaned with commercial-grade disinfectant before they are returned to the Museum floor for use.
- All props are sanitized on a daily schedule and are either laundered, sanitized in a machine, or hand-sanitized by staff with commercial-grade sanitation products.
- Sanitize "high-touch" surfaces before opening and again mid-day, and empty garbage throughout the day.
- If you’d like more detail, we’re happy to share our COVID 19 Cleaning Procedures, just ask a staff member.
The Center for Disease Control recommends the following preventative measures to stop the spread of germs:
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.
Additional resources can be found here:
Center for Disease Control
New Mexico Department of Health
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Health System
Plan Your Visit
Typical Business Hours
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday - 9:00 - 5:00 pm*
Thursday- 10:00 - 6:30 pm**
Friday- 10:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday- 10:00 - 5:00 pm
Sunday- 12:00- 5:00 pm
*Special programming for toddlers on Wednesdays from 9:00- 11:00 am
**Free Admission on Thursdays for children under 17 years old from 4:00 – 6:30 pm
All Persons (Includes NM Residents and Out-of-State Visitors)
Children Under One Year of Age: Free!
Museum Members: Free!
Calls are returned Monday – Friday.
Thursdays are Yours!
The Santa Fe Children’s Museum encourages community access with FREE ADMISSION for children under the age of 17 from 4:00-6:30 pm on Thursdays.
Military Family Discounts
Active duty military OR veterans with a military ID, your family receives admission for $5 per person. Thanks for all you do!
EBT Card Holder Discounts
As a member of the Museums for All initiative, the Santa Fe Children’s Museum strives to provide community access for all, despite socioeconomic barriers. EBT card holders, your family receives admission for $3 per person.
Title I schools visit the Museum for free. Stargazer, our portable planetarium, presents bilingual STEM education free to public schools.
Students who participate in field trips or Stargazer receive a free one-year Student Membership.
New Mexico Educator Appreciation Program
The Educator Appreciation Program will offer a 50% discount to all New Mexico PreK-12 public educators and school administrators who show their school ID card to participating businesses.
American Children's Museums' Reciprocal Network
Members of Association of Children’s Museums' Reciprocal Network receive 50% off regular admission for up to 6 people (including the cardholder, who must be present) Bring your membership card with the red Reciprocal Network logo to receive this discount.
- All children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Please bring at least 1 adult for every 5 children.
- Adults entering on their own need to check in as a visitor at the front desk, and wear a "Visitor" badge.
- No food or drink permitted on the exhibit floor.