Museum wall

Austin May signs his name on the door of the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum Friday afternoon. Scores of children have added their name to leave something behind when the museum moves to a new building later this fall.

The Northeast Texas Children’s Museum is wrapping up its time in its current building, and is closing out this current chapter with special events before moving to new digs in the fall.

The museum, which has been housed in the former Watson Cafeteria since 2007, had its future put into doubt a few years ago when Texas A&M University-Commerce said it would not be renewing the lease on the building to allow the museum to stay there. After a short-term agreement was reached, it was announced in February of this year that the museum would be moving across town to the former Polara building at 100 Maple Street/Highway 11.

To cap off the museum’s history at the building, multiple special events are planned for the month of July.

To celebrate the final Fourth of July in the Watson building, a parade is scheduled for July 3. A children’s health day is scheduled for July 9. Warren Dunham Day will be held on July 18 to honor a long-time volunteer with the local Boy Scouts, as well as a birdhouse workshop on the same day.

July 26 will see a Princess Pamper Party. Preregistration is required.

Anyone who attends the museum throughout the summer is also encouraged to sign the front door of the building to leave their mark on the last 12 years of Children’s Museum fun and learning.

In a statement, museum Executive Director Sharline Freeman talked about the progress at the new building.

“The construction on the building at our new site is progressing on schedule under Building Supervisor Beckey Thompson. Main Street will have a new look, and we are excited about the improvements the new site will provide. We look to the initial opening at 100 Maple as the first phase in providing new and exciting exhibits for children in northeast Texas. After we actually get in the building, plans will begin for Phase 2. Improvements and upgrades will continue as part of the continuing operation of the Children’s Museum.”

For information on how to register for events, contact the museum at 903-886-6055 or visit at 2501 State Highway 24 in Commerce.

Below is a list of upcoming events at the museum:

July 3: 4th of July parade — 11 to 11:30 a.m.

July 9: Children’s Health Day — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 18: Warren Dunham Day / Birdhouse workshop — 10 a.m. to noon

July 26: Princess Pamper party — 2 to 3 p.m. (Preregistration required, $10 per child)