LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Science Center is catering to the smallest visitors in the biggest way, with a $3.3 million upgrade to the early childhood exhibits that occupy the first floor of the museum.

After three years of experimenting with, and studying different exhibits in the space, the center is making a permanent commitment to early childhood development.

"We are reinventing our whole first floor," said museum director Jo Haas.

By collecting $3.3 million dollars in private donations and community grants, the center is able to merge exhibit space, make crucial upgrades, and bring in progressive concepts.

The renovations will provide more flow on the first floor, as the longstanding early childhood gallery, KidZone, will merge with the Science in Play exhibit.

Using feedback from board members, exit surveys, and research from University of Louisville, the center has developed a variety of experiences for the upgraded exhibit.

"There really are no right or wrong answers," said Haas when discussing the activities in the exhibit. "The materials are sophisticated to the extent that we want to encourage young children and their adult caregivers to play with them and problem solve together."

The bigger, better exhibit will open to the public in summer 2015, with the first part of the project opening the day after Thanksgiving 2014.

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