The new KiDiMu breaks ground Saturday


The Kids Discovery Museum is hosting a celebration at the ground-breaking of its new Winslow Way facility on Saturday.

The planned 5,000-square foot facility at the Island Gateway development at the Winslow Way-Highway 305 intersection is set to open in the spring of 2010.

The free celebration, which run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a bouncy house, crafts and other activities for children. The first 150 children to attend will be given a commemorative hard hat and shovel to participate in the official ground-breaking ceremony at 1 p.m.

KiDiMu closed its Madison Avenue location in late August. It will reopen with an ancient Greece-themed exhibit at a temporary Madrone Lane location next month.

The new $2.2 million museum at Island Gateway will have have improved exhibit areas, a town-themed play area, space for traveling attractions, a science-focused area and easier access for disabled people. The building incorporates green design, including a vegetated roof, a rain garden and energy-effiecient construction.

Established in 2005, the nonprofit museum draws about 30,000 visits each year.

Call (206) 855-4650 for more information about the ground breaking event.

For more about the KiDiMu’s new building, click here.