Because Black Lives Matter

The Seattle Children’s Museum stands with the Black community against all forms of inequity, social disparity and systemic racism. We support the work of parents and caregivers, who work hard to support the development of early learners with a positive sense of self and a strong sense of self-worth. We commit to working alongside our families and partners to create a just and equitable future for all, free of oppression, microaggressions, and all racial injustices. The Seattle Children’s Museum’s leadership will engage in this vital work internally and externally, personally and professionally. This ongoing work requires dedicated time and resources, in order to make meaningful changes within our organization, and community, in support of Black lives. We renew our commitment to being a relevant, positive resource for caregivers and early learners, as they grow to their fullest potential.

We continue our work in partnership with indigenous communities and individual artists to appropriately represent and honor indigenous cultures through their own voices in an inclusive space called Tribal Tales. We will use this experience as a template for ongoing culturally relevant exhibit and programmatic updates in the outdated Global Village, working in partnership with communities of color, to respectfully reflect their vision of what makes a community thrive, here in the Pacific Northwest and globally.

Our leadership will work harder to contribute to dismantling institutional racism. We will do this by promoting equity and inclusion through multiple avenues, allocating more time and resources to reflecting and addressing our own structure and processes. This includes developing a racial equity and inclusion plan, utilizing tools available through King County, the city of Seattle, and others deeply engaged in this work.

BLM Resources

BLM Instructional Library, Books read aloud for you

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Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race, a Resource Round Up

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Dots Not Fair, a Try This at Home Activity

  • Sheets of 3-4 different colored adhesive dots for each child, or for a large group, creating small groups of kids with the same color dot
  • Lots of toys
  1. Suggest a new set of rules for play time, for the next half hour or so. You know your kids best, so gauge how they respond to this challenge, encouraging them to express their feelings of frustration as they work through the moment.
  2. Put colored dots on each of the toys kids will be able to play with for this time period. Use more of one color of dot than others. Example, lots of green dots, a little less blue dots, and very few red dots. For older kids, you can level up by deliberately placing different colored dots on related toys. A child might be able to play with the cars, but not have access to the toy garage, or be able to play with the Legos, but not the people or gears.
  3. Each child is assigned a color of dot. Explain that for this play time, each person can only play with the toys that have a colored dot that matches theirs. Watch their responses and help kids find words to express how this is or isn’t working for them.
  4. Older kids will sometimes offer trade, give away or join their play together so things will be fair. If this happens, encourage this approach, and talk about how it feels to have less, or how it feels to share, while kids are playing together. Sometimes kids will ask to use a toy, sometimes they will grab. Support their non-physical attempts to “level the playing field”. Helping young children express big feelings with words is key to social/emotional development. Try to keep the experience productive, even if it’s uncomfortable by helping them find their words, listen to each other, and respectfully work together.
  • How does it feel to be the person with so much less to play with?
  • How does it feel to have a lot of toys to play with? Can you notice how someone else feels?
  • What can you do, if you are the person with more than anyone else?
  • What can you build, create, imagine together, that you might not be able to do on your own?

 

Click Here for Talking About Race, Equity and Social Justice with Kids

 

Museum Updates and Upcoming Changes

  • UPDATE 7.17.2020: We’ve always dreamed of having a “bitty bistro” inside The Market. We’ve watched the daily parade of produce, and we know, it just makes sense to literally have “one stop shopping”, even when you’re three. Now you can select from a more diverse bilingual menu at the lunch counter, build a balanced meal using the USDA My Plate and nutritional information. Did anyone say “smoothie samples”? –We can’t wait to bring our exhibit programming to The Market!