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Our Cleaning Philosophy

What do you get when you pair CHILDREN with CREATING, DISCOVERING, LEARNING, and PLAYING?

You get a lot - a lot of smiles, a lot of laughing, a lot of growing, and a lot of publicly shared germs!

To ensure that your kids are the ones doing all the growing (and not those germs), we adopt an unwavering commitment to cleanliness.  As an organization that focuses on children, we think it’s SO important to make sure you as caregivers know that we as an organization care as much about your children’s surroundings as you do!

 

Our General Cleaning Process

Our Safety Committee works diligently to make sure that processes, procedures, and trainings are in place surrounding health, wellness, and cleanliness in all aspects of the museum.

We have a number of dedicated cleaning staff members, as well as an external commercial cleaning company who value the health of our kiddos and community and strive to keep the museum in the cleanest possible state.  Their first priority is sanitizing and disinfecting all exhibits, associated props, food and snack areas, common areas, and bathrooms on a regular basis using safe and approved materials and solutions.  Surface and spot cleaning (as well as formal cleanliness checks) take place daily and during open museum hours.  Deep cleaning occurs after hours.

In addition, our Playologists are tasked with ensuring all spills, grime, “accidents”, or leftover items on the museum floor are taken care of immediately and appropriately.  They receive training on how to clean different types of spills and messes and are one of our first lines of defense against mess on the museum floor.

Our newest area, Kazoo’s USTOP café is pridefully managed, maintained, and cleaned with regards to all food handling and cleanliness rules and regulations set out by the Department of Health and Human Services.  We implement a strict reporting illness policy regarding café workers.

 

Partnering Together

Healthy practices make for healthy environments and partnering together makes keeping a healthy museum environment easier.

If you’re visiting the museum and you spy a spot that needs special attention, or someone in your party inadvertently makes a mess (hey, it happens) we encourage you to alert one of our Playologists!  Chances are, there is already someone on the way with cleaning supplies in hand.  But if not, we welcome the extra set of eyes and want you to feel comfortable sharing your observations with us.  Seriously, we mean that!

Likewise, if you or your kiddo is feeling under the weather, we ask that you stay home until everyone is well.  Sick individuals should stay home for 24 hours after symptoms of illness have subsided.  Also, when visiting the museum please use the opportunity to teach and model common wellness practices with your kiddos:

          - wipe or blow runny noses and dispose of used tissue

          - tightly cover coughs and sneezes

          - wash or sanitize hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose

          - wash or sanitize hands before and after eating

          - wash and sanitize hands after bathroom breaks

We would be remiss if we didn’t give a shoutout here to Complete Children’s Health, who sponsors hand sanitizer and dispensers that can be found in multiple spots throughout all 3 floors!

Thank you in advance for helping us keep the museum a fun, healthy place to Create, Discover, and Learn through the Power of Play!

 

For More Information

To learn more about best practices, health, and wellness in and around our community take a look at these great resources:

          Center for Disease Control – Handwashing: A family Activity

          Center for Disease Control – Coughing and Sneezing

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