Pikes Peak Children's Museum

The Four Pillars

1. Grow as We Grow – Students explore the life cycles of familiar wildlife and understand that living things grow and change.

2. Show Me the Energy – Students learn that plants need water and sun to grow, and that animals get the food they need from plants and other animals.

*PPCM staff have ensured that these programs are developmental appropriate for preschool. The other programs listed below are not appropriate for this age; therefore we reserve the right not to conduct those programs for children who have not yet attended kindergarten.

As A Local Destination

  • Experts in designing learning spaces that elevate naturalistic and child-centered learning

  • Experts incorporating positive child development and encourage positive adult child interactions

  • Reflect and address community needs in their exhibit content.

  • Staff are trained in techniques for working with objects as teaching tools

  • Also trained in exhibits that communicate their meaning or message to visitors. 

As Educational Laboratories

  • They operate outside of the structures of formal education systems

  • Incubators and innovators for testing and developing child centered and play-based pedagogies for engaging children in learning. 

  • Rely on staff with expertise in learning theories, child development and pedagogy to develop impactful and cutting edge programs and experiences.

  • Contribute new knowledge to educational and museum literature 

  • conducts own research and assessment practices.

As Community Resources

  • Act as cultural gateways

  • Many times are the first point of entry for building lifelong museum going habits

  • Are an important part of the social service fabric of their communities

  • Help to provide resources, such as health information, parenting classes and teacher training. 

  • A symbol of how a community treats and respects children

  • Presence of a children’s museum helps create more child-friendly communities

  • Often anchor institutions for community revitalization efforts

As Advocates For Children

  • They are constantly responding to the current needs of the children and families in their communities, from health to academics to social issues, as seen in their exhibits, outreach, and programming. 

  • They cultivate deep and wide-ranging relationships with partners from all sectors to best serve all children and families in their communities and address critical social issues affecting them. 

  • They share a commitment to equity and inclusion, with subsidized attendance programs, programs for children and families with special needs, multicultural programming and more more.