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Inspired by Renee Miller’s visit to the Children’s Museum in New Orleans in the late 80’s, founders and trustees Renee Miller, Mitzi Domino and Marvita Hudson envisioned a museum for children right here in Acadiana. By January, 1990, the Children’s Museum of Acadiana was incorporated as a private, non-profit organization. Through community outreach, the founders began to garner support for the museum project.After the March, 1993, purchase of the historic Heymann Food Center building at 201 East Congress Street in Lafayette, the museum finally had its permanent home. With strong and enthusiastic community support, over $1.5 million in renovations was contributed in-kind by civic clubs, restaurants, businesses, contractors, architects, plumbers, electricians, decorators, painters, and construction personnel. Due to the generous in-kind contributions, only $100,000 in cash was spent on the renovations. Three years later, the original founders’ vision was fulfilled: the CMA was ready for its grand opening dedication ceremony and has been serving children and their families ever since.

The CMA has 45 ,000 visitors a year, serving families from all across Acadiana, The CMA campus includes over 15,000 sq ft of existing interior space, coupled with 3,000 sq ft. of outdoor play space including Kiwanis of Acadiana Harmony Park. All exhibits are devoted to discovery, art, STEAM or nature, with a specific emphasis in community helpers.

Located on 201 East Congress Street Lafayette, LA 70501. Between Parc Sans Souci and Parc International. From I-10 East or West:Exit I-10 at Lafayette Exit 103A. Go South on Evangeline Thruway 2.2 miles to Jefferson Street. Turn right on Jefferson Street and proceed to Garfield Street at second signal light. Turn left on Garfield Street; travel 2 blocks and turn right on Taylor Street. CMA will be 1 block on the right; enter parking lot from Taylor Street.Parking at the CMA is complimentary.

“Learning by Doing” The CMA is committed to serving young children, ages ten and under, and their families through hands-on interactive exhibits, projects, and programs.

 

CMA Board of Trustees

D. Renee Bennett

Founder; Consultant

Natalie Domino Person, Director

Consulting Services / Board President

Victoria A. Guidry, Partner

The Guidry Law Group

Patrick B. McIntire, Partner

Oats & Marino Law Firm

Kristie Carline Tatford, Director of Communications

Schumacher Clinical Partners

Clay Darnall, CPA

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick

Jude Landry, Owner

Landry’s Enterprise Services

Michael Rabalis

Motion Industries, Inc.

Valerie V. Guidry

Ottinger Hebert LLC

Deidra J. Garrett, MD

Pediatric Surgeon

CMA Administrative Staff

Carol McManus

Executive Director / [email protected]

Ludwig Brinkhaus

Exhibit & Maintenance Manager / [email protected]

Lore Linton

Guest Services Director / [email protected]

 

Tami Appleton  

Artist/Exhibit Specialist / [email protected]

Amy Schwarzenbach

Grant Writer/ Administrator  / [email protected]

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