Sunday, October 24, 1999

Children's Museum turns 1 ranked No. 3

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cinergy Children's Museum set out last year with an ambitious goal: to be one of the 10 top children's museums in the nation. After one year in operation, they're No. 3.

        The museum, at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, is 1 year old today. As of Oct. 17, it had recorded 450,000 visitors.

        Only two other museums, the Indianapolis Children's Museum, with 1.3 million visitors annually, and the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier, with 561,380 visitors, have more attendance.

        The Cincinnati museum is ahead of other large-city children's museums, including the Boston Children's Museum, with 416,000 annual visitors and the Houston Children's Museum, with 414,000 visitors.

        Museum Center anticipated 2,000 new members this year. They were way off: 6,000 new members joined Museum Center, and 5,000 of them joined because of the children's museum.

        More numbers:

        • 52,397 school children enjoyed 326 school programs at the museum.

        • Museum staff, including youth and adult volunteers, worked 17,787 hours.

        • More than 90 stories were read during Story Tree Time, a weekly program in Little Sprouts Farm, to 1,350 little sprouts.

        • The Big Bucket that children try to fill with balls in the Energy Zone, filled anddropped 25,410 times. That's an average of one drop every six minutes.

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