The Children’s Museum of South Dakota’s life-size animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex, known as Mama T. Rex, will be lit up in blue the evening of Thursday, April 9, as part of a global initiative to honor hospital workers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
The #LightItBlue campaign is working with venues and landmarks across the United States to light up in blue to create a universal moment of solidarity of support for frontline workers in hospitals, grocery stores, and other essential businesses.
“From our medical professionals, our civic leaders, and those individuals working on the front lines to help meet our basic needs, we are grateful,” says Executive Director Kate Treiber. “The #LightItBlue campaign is a small but powerful way to honor their work and service.”
The Children’s Museum has been closed since Monday, March 16, but is still offering “museum from home” experiences on their Seize the Play blog and social media channels.
The Museum staff has been producing videos featuring art and science activities such as creating process art, nature journals, and a feelings yoga activity.
“Our entire community has seen life change completely in the span of hours, days, and weeks. By offering opportunities for play, we hope to spark imagination and inspire people to find time to connect with each other and live in the moment,” said Director of Marketing Kerrie Vilhauer.