Join the hundreds of kids and families discovering the KYE-YAC CLUBHOUSE!! The KYE-YAC CLUBHOUSE is a new permanent play and discovery space for young kids at Mid America Science Museum. KYE-YAC International—a philanthropic and Roots & Shoots Group, founded by Kye Masino, donated funding for the exhibit.
Masino and his foundation, KYE-YAC, International, are members of Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program. Together we seek to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire youth to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment. The KYE-YAC CLUBHOUSE, created to extend KYE-YAC International’s goal of empowering kids to help other kids, enhances the Mid America Science Museum's mission of youth developing a life-long interest in science. A central part of the vision for this project is derived from our work with the Jane Goodall Institute and the values of the Institute’s mission.
The KYE-YAC CLUBHOUSE will be designed to inspire youth and engage them in science through exploration, investigation, play, and literacy. We will have weekly programs aimed at inspiring pre-school children to have compassion for the earth and all life that inhabits it.
It will be specifically designed for encouraging preschool-aged children to meaningfully examine and experience the everyday world around them. We will have the KYE-YAC CLUBHOUSE present innovative learning opportunities in a safe environment. The focal point of the new exhibit will be a unique “tree house” which toddlers can climb around and explore.
Next to the treehouse, local artists will create an original mural depicting a giant tree with three-dimensional leaves filling the walls with native animals and birds - adding visual stimulation to further spark the curiosity of young “scientots” as they explore the world around them. Age appropriate books will be available to foster literacy based learning and programs will be held several times a week with science projects, crafts, reading, and play!