The American Numismatic Association announced that its Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado opened a new "Kids Zone" to teach kids about money through multiple interactive exhibits, fun activities and free classes.
Already being America’s largest museum dedicated to numismatics, the Money Museum’s new Kids Zone is an added feature designed to attract youngsters and engage them with activities that will help them understand various aspects of money including history, geography, trade, art, and world cultures. They will have the opportunity to learn how to make change, design their own coins and participate in classes.
"Even as an adult, I think children’s museums are the most fun museum experiences. For kids, I think they are the best way to experience a museum," said Amanda Harvey, ANA Library Manager and Kids Zone coordinator. "The Kids Zone takes all the great information in the Money Museum and turns it into a hands-on learning opportunity for young kids."
As for the free Kids Zone classes, they are held once a month and vary by theme. Classes are divided by age group, with children ages 4-7 attending 10:30 a.m. to noon and ages 8-12 attending from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. A few subjects of upcoming courses are How Coins are Made on November 17 and United States Coins on December 15. Also, class participants will be eligible to enter upcoming contests.
About the ANA Money Museum, Location and Hours
In all, the museum has three main galleries with a collection of more than 275,000 numismatic items, ranging from modern-day and going back in history to the Lydian Empire. Items include coins, notes, tokens, medals and more from around the world.
ANA’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum can be found on the campus of Colorado College, situated next to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Its formal address is 818 N. Cascade Ave. in Colorado Springs, and its hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors, students or military. Children 12 and under are free as are all current ANA members, and the museum is free for everyone on the third Saturday of every month.