Touch-A-Truck

Ian Landis holds Lucas Landis on a tractor from Teton Rental as Lisa Landis looks on Sunday during the 2019 Touch-A-Truck fundraiser for the Jackson Hole Children’s Museum. The event had to be held online this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but the museum has finally reopened its doors.

In need of something to do with your kids?

You're in luck, because the Jackson Hole Children's Museum reopened Monday. After a "temporary closure" that ended up lasting for months, the museum said in a press release, it is ready to serve a limited number of kids each day.

“We live in a time of uncertainty and JHCM feels fortunate to have been able to take the necessary steps to help keep our community safe," Executive director Ethan Lobdell said in the press release. "We also feel fortunate to be able to adapt and discover new ways to honor our mission and provide safe and enriching opportunities to the youth of our community."

The museum has had to make changes: It is now offering two daily entrance periods that require a reservation, with a maximum of 12 guests each to allow social distancing. Soft toys have been removed, and new ones that can withstand repeated cleanings are in their places.

At each play period, guests will undergo a health screening, and masks must be worn. The facility will be cleaned in between each one.

The Children's Museum has served some kids in person since the closure went into effect. Though much of its programming has been virtual, including the ever-popular Touch-A-Truck event, it did host seven weeks of in-person summer camps.

Even so, the museum's staff are happy to see kids back in the building.

“We were so excited to welcome the kids back to JHCM in June after three months of virtual programs," Education Director Anna Luhrmann said. "As educators, the energy and connection that’s generated in the process of learning and exploring together can’t be duplicated online."

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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