Changes are coming at TCMU!

Can you believe it’s been nearly 10 years since TCMU opened its doors? Since July 2009, TCMU-Greenville has helped learning come to life for hundreds of thousands of visitors!
Due to so many visitors engaging in interactive play with little hands and feet, our exhibits have seen some wear and tear over the years, and, based on industry standards, the average life cycle for an exhibit in a children’s museum is 10 years. We’ve also heard your recent feedback about ways we can improve your museum experience.

That’s why we are excited to announce that TCMU is renovating three exhibits at our Greenville location in 2019, starting this Spring!

Grandma Betty’s Farm will be extended by 500 square feet to feature an additional enclosed environment exclusive to younger children ages birth to 5-years old. Learning goals in the exhibit will remain centered on role-play and imagination, where children will be able to explore and experience life on a farm, with extended experiences allowing for physical development, social development, and early life science concepts.

The new exhibit will include a barn complete with climbing structure and animals to care for, a farm planting and harvesting garden, an interactive weather experience, an expanded infant area with adult seating, and a flower garden. Your favorite elements including the farmhouse, cow, slide, and chicken coop will stay.

Grandma Betty's Farm is now closed for renovations and will reopen on May 18! While the space is closed, we will continue Story Time and More as scheduled (Tuesday-Saturday at 10am, 11am, and 1pm) in another classroom space in the museum. Most days, we will also set up rooms with activities specifically for children 5 and under so that families with young visitors have an enclosed environment to explore. Be sure to check the admissions counter on the day of your visit to find out when and where.

Publix Market is closing for renovations on May 13 and will reopen on June 22. The renovation will allow more space for interactive learning and role play, teaching children concepts about healthy choices, budgeting, sorting, and career development. New stations will include frozen foods, floral, butcher, and dairy, and a deli space will also be added that gives children the opportunity to prepare play food and serve each other.

Start Your Engines will be updated with new technology that broadens hands-on STEM learning experiences while also allowing for more visitors to engage in interactive play in an environment that appeals to a wide variety of ages, from birth to upper-elementary aged children.

Excited yet? Stay tuned for more updates and sneak peeks, as well as timing for upcoming projects. And we aren’t finished yet...more renovations and improvements are in the works for 2020 and beyond!

In closing, none of this would be possible without your ongoing support each year, and we are so grateful that you are a part of the TCMU family. With these ongoing improvements, it is our mission to continue to spark a lifelong passion for curiosity and learning through play for you, your children, and the entire Upstate community.

If you have any questions or concerns related to our announcement or if you would like to help support these exhibit renovations, please email us at info@tcmupstate.org, message us directly on social media, or call 864-233-7755.

-TCMU Team