Three Rivers Children's Museum is staying open -- for now.
The nonprofit museum had been facing closure if the community didn't step up with donations and time to help keep it open.
Some donations have come in since museum officials announced the possible closure in December, said Terry Andre, volunteer board member.
The museum's board decided last week to continue trying to keep the museum open, Andre said.
"It's still critical, but it's not insurmountable," she said.
Organizers had cited a lack of continued support, such as corporate sponsorships, as contributing to the museum's shaky situation. Moving the museum last year cleaned out reserves and resulted in the loss of three months of revenue.
Two people also have volunteered to be board members, bringing the board up to six, Andre said. Others have offered verbal support.
"We are still needing life support," she said.
Board members are looking for area companies that would be willing to sponsor exhibits, especially for the science area, Andre said.
For now, she said, the board will play it by ear with the closure decision. Although more community support is needed, they no longer feel they need a set deadline to make a final decision, she said.
The museum has set up a new pet exhibit, Andre said, and hopes to bring in area veterinarians or pet shop owners to offer programs such as pet care and training for kids.
And a new telephone exhibit almost is ready to be opened, she said.
Children can take the experiences they have at the museum and apply what they learn later in life, Andre said. It's also a chance for businesses to connect with families, she said.
The museum is at 5220 Outlet Drive in the Broadmoor Square mall in Pasco. For information call 543-7866.
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