Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum moving into old Green Mountain Power Innovation Center

One of Rutland’s family favorites—Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum on Center Street—is expanding.The museum is moving around the block into the Green Mountain Power Energy Innovation Center in the heart of Rutland’s downtown. The museum couldn’t be more excited about the move.”It about triples our size in terms of exhibit area,” said Danielle Monroe Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum executive director. “So, we’re going to be able to build five to 6 new exhibits as well as bringing over all of the things’ families have come to know and love at Wonderfeet like the train and the restaurant.” Green Mountain Power is leasing the building for a dollar a year for a minimum of 10 years.”Which allows us to funnel all of our resources into exhibits and programming to have the biggest impact in the community,” Monroe said.“We’re really excited to partner with Wonderfeet Because GMP’s Innovation Center in Rutland already was a community resource where you spark imagination and that’s exactly Wonderfeet’s mission,” said Kristin Carlson, of Green Mountain Power. “We’re excited to support them in their growth.”The extra space will allow for more people in the museum making what they can offer more diverse.” This building also offers us classroom space upstairs and a conference room for training, so we ‘ll be able to do things like summer camps, school field trips and educational trainings all at the same time as the museum is open to the public,” Monroe said. “We won’t have quite as much of a space cramp as we do in our current location.”Families have a lot to look forward to after this move.”We’re going to be able to have more. Like more exhibits, more things to do just basically more. More to give back to the community,” Christina Sweet said.They already enjoy what Wonderfeet has to offer.” “I really look forward to connecting with other families, I look forward to the social interaction that my son gets,” Katye Munger said. “The learning through playing the wonderful cultural learning experiences that my son gets.”Nichole Mastroeni and her daughter, Sophia, have been coming to Wonderfeet for almost 2 years and has had a huge impact on their life.”It’s a huge challenge for a new mom and not be able to go out and have the help and support that you need and when Wonderfeet started at the end of June 2020,” Mastroeni said. “Sophia was 3 months old and we got to come and we started meeting outside for the safety of everyone but it was so important for these little ones to get to start playing and interacting with other people.”The mother and daughter can’t wait for the new space and all the new people they’ll be able to meet and play with after its scheduled opening in early 2023.Wonderfeet is currently fundraising for the new space. On Friday, they received a $5,000 check from Berkshire Bank to put toward the museum.

One of Rutland’s family favorites — Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum on Center Street — is expanding.

The museum is moving around the block into the Green Mountain Power Energy Innovation Center in the heart of Rutland’s downtown. The museum couldn’t be more excited about the move.

“It about triples our size in terms of exhibit area,” said Danielle Monroe Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum executive director. “So, we’re going to be able to build five to 6 new exhibits as well as bringing over all of the things’ families have come to know and love at Wonderfeet like the train and the restaurant.”

Green Mountain Power is leasing the building for a dollar a year for a minimum of 10 years.

“Which allows us to funnel all of our resources into exhibits and programming to have the biggest impact in the community,” Monroe said.

“We’re really excited to partner with Wonderfeet because GMP’s Innovation Center in Rutland already was a community resource where you spark imagination and that’s exactly Wonderfeet’s mission,” said Kristin Carlson, of Green Mountain Power. “We’re excited to support them in their growth.”

The extra space will allow for more people in the museum making what they can offer more diverse.

“This building also offers us classroom space upstairs and a conference room for training, so we’ll be able to do things like summer camps, school field trips and educational trainings all at the same time as the museum is open to the public,” Monroe said. “We won’t have quite as much of a space cramp as we do in our current location.”

Families have a lot to look forward to after this move.

“We’re going to be able to have more. Like more exhibits, more things to do just basically more. More to give back to the community,” Christina Sweet said.

They already enjoy what Wonderfeet has to offer.

“I really look forward to connecting with other families, I look forward to the social interaction that my son gets,” Katye Munger said. “The learning through playing the wonderful cultural learning experiences that my son gets.”

Nichole Mastroeni and her daughter, Sophia, have been coming to Wonderfeet for almost 2 years and has had a huge impact on their life.

“It’s a huge challenge for a new mom and not be able to go out and have the help and support that you need and when Wonderfeet started at the end of June 2020,” Mastroeni said. “Sophia was 3 months old and we got to come and we started meeting outside for the safety of everyone but it was so important for these little ones to get to start playing and interacting with other people.”

The mother and daughter can’t wait for the new space and all the new people they’ll be able to meet and play with after its scheduled opening in early 2023.

Wonderfeet is currently fundraising for the new space. On Friday, they received a $5,000 check from Berkshire Bank to put toward the museum.

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