June 6, 2019
For Immediate Release
Ariana Green, Transportation Agency for Monterey County
“MY TOWN POP-UP CHILDREN’S MUSEUM” OPENS TOMORROW IN SALINAS
MONTEREY COUNTY – The “My Town: A Pop-up Children’s Museum” opens tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. at the Cal State Monterey Bay-Steinbeck Center in Salinas. The museum is part of the Measure X funded Safe Routes to School Program, which the Transportation Agency for Monterey County is launching in partnership with California State University, Monterey Bay,Museum, First Five Monterey County, Salinas Public Library and Hijos del Sol Art Productions.
Starting Friday, June 7 through Sunday, July 21, children and their accompanying adults will be able to visit the museum for free for story times, art activities and family-friendly play spaces. The My Town exhibit will be at the Cal State Monterey Bay – Steinbeck Center in Salinas. The museum will be open on Thursdays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will also be some special events on the following dates and times:
- MY Town Grand Opening Friday June 7 at 5p.m. – 9p.m.
- Story times Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Make & Take Fridays at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- 1st Friday July 5th at 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- The museum will be closed on July 4th
The “My Town: A Pop-up Children’s Museum” is a neighborhood playscape which features a library, store, streets and other elements of vibrant and healthy communities, and it offers unique opportunities to teach traffic safety skills to young children. It also engages parents, guardians and other members of the community to think about safe routes to school and learn about local & regional transportation resources. Exhibit materials and educational programs will be provided in both English and Spanish.
The My Town exhibit is part of the Measure X Safe Routes to School Program. The program’s aim is to develop better transportation infrastructure for students traveling to and from school, educate children and the surrounding community how to safely walk and bike, and encourage children to use active transportation that will lead to a healthier lifestyle.
The exhibit will help meet the following two goals of the Measure X Safe Routes to School program:
- All children in Monterey County receive pedestrian and bicycle safety education by 5th grade; and
- Parents, guardians, teachers, school staff and surrounding neighborhood community are educated on safe driving, bicycling and walking in support of safe routes to school efforts.
The My Town exhibit is designed to be a traveling children’s exhibit that will be displayed throughout Monterey County. It’s designed to provide a free and fun place to teach bilingual traffic safety (for kids and their guardians) and provide information about community projects and resources.
For more information about the Measure X Safe Routes to School Program, click onto the TAMC website at: https://www.tamcmonterey.org/measure-x/programs-projects/safe-routes-to-school-program/
“The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses and visitors. The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit www.tamcmonterey.org or call 831.775.0903.”