Kids will get a chance to expand their imaginations while exploring the past, present and future of Saskatoon, thanks to a generous donation to the new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum.
On Thursday, the museum’s capital campaign announced a $1 million donation from Gordon and Jill Rawlinson and Rawlco Radio.
“Our museum has been a dream for a long time and a gift of $1 million from Rawlco Radio and the Rawlinsons really makes it that much closer to a reality for us,” said Amanda McReynolds Doran, the museum’s executive director.
The donation will help the museum create C95 Toon Town, which will be one of the first displays families will see as they enter the new facility.
The exhibit will feature movable carts, props and building facades representing Saskatoon throughout its history including a barn, hospital and school.
“Kids are going to go get their hands on all those things they’re not supposed to touch in all those places where they have to be on their best behaviour,” McReynolds Doran said.
“They can really just let loose and just be their rad little selves.”
Costumes will help kids imagine themselves at the heart of the action as they go back in time, then take the opportunity to plan the city’s future.
A smaller prototype of the C95 Toon Town exhibit has already been in use at Prince Philip preschool for the last year.
“Every exhibit we are designing, we want to test hands on and we want to see children live in and love and see how they interact with the exhibit,” McReynolds Doran said.
“They’ve really helped shape what this exhibit will look like in its final version.”
The Rawlinsons have owned and operated C95, Rock 102 and 650 CKOM for nearly 35 years.
“The new PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum is a world-class facility, and we are thrilled that our donation is helping create the C95 Toon Town exhibit where families will come together to create memories,” Gordon Rawlinson said.
The PotashCorp Children’s Discovery Museum is expected to open in spring 2019 in the former Mendel Art Gallery building on Spadina Crescent East.
Asbestos removal is currently taking place in the building, after which the boiler and mechanical systems will be replaced by early 2018.
Exhibits are expected to be moved in over a period of nine to 12 months, before doors open in 2019.