I am a working mother. Like many other families of the 21st century, my family life revolves around technology. I send birthday party invitations via Facebook, I check Foursquare to find deals when I’m out running errands, and my family photo albums live on my phone.
At The Children’s Museum, we realize how important technology is in your family’s busy life. In the past year we’ve been doing more to meet you where you are in cyberspace. We talk with you and other visitors every day on Facebook and Twitter. We take you behind the scenes in our Weekly WOW videos on YouTube and on our blog. We post our photos on Flickr, along with thousands of photos from our visitors. We even recently opened up public wi-fi during our normal business hours to help families stay connected with each other—and connect with us—during a visit.
We’re going mobile in lots of different ways. Do you have an older child in your family? Why not let him or her “drive” the phone while playing our Museum Adventure, Riley Health Trek, and Incredible Costumes games on SCVNGR. All our mobile games can be played by text messaging or with the SCVNGR smartphone app.
You can also look for QR codes around the museum that will take you to our blog or (coming soon) to Wikipedia to learn more about our exhibits and collection. You can even get a call from Barbie if you send her a text message!
If you’re always on the lookout for cyber-deals, check in on Foursquare for deals in the store. You can also follow us on Facebook for our fun, family-friendly games and giveaways. With the recent launch of our new website, you can see a mobile-friendly version of childrensmuseum.org with just visit information and our calendar. It’s pretty handy if you’re on a family vacation and just need the details about getting here and events happening during the day.
We’re always open to new ideas. Post a comment and let us know how else we can bring the world’s biggest and best Children’s Museum to you, virtually!