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Children's Museum of Houston plans new Discovery Center in Imperial Sugar Land development

Children's Museum of Houston plans new Discovery Center in Imperial Sugar Land development

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The Imperial Sugar Land development has a new tenant: The Children's Museum of Houston.  Courtesy of Children's Museum of Houston
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The museum is hoping to raise $1 million from Fort Bend residents by October of 2013.  Courtesy of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
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A 10,000 square foot warehouse tucked behind the iconic sugar silos will be home to six exhibition spaces in 2015.  Photo by Whitney Radley
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Earlier this week, the Children's Museum of Houston announced plans to open a Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center in the Imperial Sugar Land development in the summer of 2015. The last time CultureMap heard from Imperial, the negotiations for the space were still in the works. 

The museum will occupy a 10,000 square foot warehouse space that once belonged to the Imperial Sugar Company. Tucked just behind the iconic sugar silos, the warehouse will be fitted with five permanent exhibits, one temporary exhibit space and an outdoor area.

 But money is no child's play: The museum must meet a hefty $3.65 million fundraising goal for construction. 

 "The additional outpouring of positive support from the Fort Bend community for this project has been overwhelming," said Tammie Kahn, executive director of the Children's Museum of Houston, in a statement.

"We are already hard at work bringing to life the ideas that will make the Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center a true landmark for all of Fort Bend's families."

But money is no child's play: The museum must meet a hefty $3.65 million fundraising goal for construction. Luckily, the George Foundation — created in 1945 to support organizations and programs that promote strong families in Fort Bend — has committed to matching $1 million with a challenge grant. 

Those funds must be given before October 2013, by donors based in Fort Bend County. For giving opportunities, contact campaign manager Mandi Bronsell at (281) 282-7476 or mbronsell@cmhouston.org.

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