Read our latest update to the community, published in the Crested Butte News on October 27, 2022.
To Our Community,
Your beloved Trailhead Children’s Museum wants to update you on the progress towards our brick and mortar museum space. Despite closing our doors due to COVID-19, we have been working hard behind the scenes, rebuilding the museum operations brick by brick and continuing to provide quality programming. As in any solid building, much of the initial work of this rebuild has been done behind the scenes: rebuilding the Board of Directors and staff, hiring an Executive Director and collecting gracious contributions from donors and community grantors that are passionate about the Trailhead and felt compelled to breathe life back into a creative space for children and families to connect and play.
During this quiet but powerful rebuilding period, the Trailhead has continued to serve the Crested Butte and greater community through arts and play programming and community outreach events. The Trailhead currently operates its programs in the new Center For the Arts building, and we have worked closely with the Center to find the physical space to continue camps and classes while the physical museum doors are temporarily closed. In the past summer alone, the Trailhead has doubled its programming offerings and served approximately 300 individual children through 1,400 enrollments. Additionally, the Trailhead reached over 300 local and visiting children and their families through community outreach events, such as Alpenglow, Summer Series, and the Crested Butte Arts Festival.
Although you may have seen the Trailhead at summer concerts twirling streamers to the music, or your kiddos have joined us for camp, you may be wondering; where in the world is the Trailhead Children’s Museum? Before all of the summer fun began, the Trailhead enthusiastically secured a multi-year lease with the Center for the Arts in the lobby of the old building in order to bring a permanent children’s museum space back to the Valley. Despite building momentum from the Board of Directors, staff, and donors, the plans to reopen were temporarily put on hold, as the original building requires an upgraded fire alarm system to remain open. However, the required parts and labor for the alarm system have proved more challenging to find and more costly than expected, and it is clear that Crested Butte is no exception to continued worldwide supply chain shortages. While the Trailhead had to temporarily put its reopening plans on hold, the Center is committed to getting the original Center For the Arts building open as soon as possible for the Trailhead and other community organizations.
As the Trailhead anxiously awaits the reopening of the original Center building, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting pop-up events to share new exhibits made possible by donors and grantors. Pop-ups will feature the Light Lab, Magnet Mania, the Art Bar, Flight Lab, Nature’s Classroom, and more. Additionally come play with the Trailhead at Craft & Cinema Nights at the Majestic Theater each third Sunday of the month, Family Art and Babysitting Nights, and unique camps and classes. Dates for pop-ups and programs will be available at www.trailheadkids.org.
The Trailhead Children’s Museum is confident and excited about our future home at the original Center. Once the fire alarm system replacement is complete, the Trailhead is ready to launch a unique, enriching, and refreshed space for families to explore, create, and play together. We invite the Crested Butte community, both local and visiting, to join us in our journey forward, and we deeply appreciate your support thus far!
The Trailhead Children’s Museum
The Trailhead Children’s Museum Board of Directors
MUSEUM FLOOR IS CURRENTLY CLOSED
606 6th Street (old Center for the Arts)
Crested Butte, CO 81224
MUSEUM FLOOR IS CLOSED
Parking is available on 7th street by the Pirate Park.