A spur-of-the-moment visit to The Sandbox can be just as rewarding as a planned visit. Either way, talk to you child about what they will see. Find out what excites them and relate what is being learned in school to their visit. Review the operating policies to be sure your child understands safety and behavior rules.
During your visit, follow your children’s lead. Try to relate facts about the exhibits to what your child already knows. Encourage the use of IMAGINATION.
Process your experience when you return home. Find out what your child learned during the visit and what might be of interest the next time you and your child visit
Policies and Procedures:
All visitors will demonstrate respect for museum property.
All Visitors will honor the property by consuming food/drinks on the museum porch only, discarding waste in designated receptacles. Strollers are not allowed in the museum.
Children must be with their parent/caregiver at all times and must not be in any given area without the adult supervision. For example, one child may not be in the upstairs loft alone while the parent/caregiver is downstairs with another child.
Your visit to The Sandbox is an opportunity for parents/caregivers and children to play and interact with one another. Please do not use this time to conduct business or talk on the phone while your child is waiting to play with you.
Collective Wisdom from The Sandbox:
- If my child is too sick to go to school, he/she is probably too sick to play at The Sandbox.
- If my child runs from exhibit to exhibit, I will follow. I cannot assume the child will return to me or even know that I am missing.
- Sometimes there are no warning signs before a child has an “accident”, but when there are warning signs I must act, no matter how much fun we are having. Additionally, if my child has an “accident”, I won’t hide it, ignore it or run away. I will tell someone.
- Sometimes trying to prevent a tantrum can cause an even bigger tantrum.
If my child has developed an elaborate play scenario and only wants to play at one exhibit for the entire visit, I will have patience, no matter how many other exhibits I want to play at.
- If my child thinks it is fun to throw everything on the ground she/he will also learn the joy of picking everything up. Singing a clean-up song helps the process.
- Encouraging my child to share can mean more fun for everyone.
If my child wants to ring the bell on the boat over and over again, I will be patient and thankful that I do not have a giant bell and boat at home.
- I am not the director of my child’s play: I am only a supporting cast member. This may include being the “foreman” of a new building or being a “passenger” on a cross-country flight.
- If my child is eating a puzzle piece, a fake carrot, a stuffed animal or any other object that should not be gnawed on, I will remove the object immediately and wipe it off. No one likes to encounter a mysteriously wet object.
- I will only threaten to leave The Sandbox if I really plan to leave.
- Sometimes, no matter how skilled I am as a parent or how wonderful my children are, they will break something, hit someone and/or refuse to share. When this happens, I need to react appropriately. If I ignore my child’s behavior, no one will want to play with my child or me.
- Parents are good playmates for their children and vice versa. Sometimes the person a child wants to play with he most is his/her parents.
I will refrain from using the word “no” to being a sentence, as in “No, that’s not how to do it.” Instead, I will encourage my child with suggestions, rather than instruction and applaud the result, no matter how odd.
- I will not sit and talk on my cell phone or conduct business while my child is waiting to play with me.
- When my child and I are playing make-believe, I MUST BELIEVE!
Modified from an article written by the Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, Honolulu, Hawaii