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Mall Makes Huge Donation to Children's Museum

CORALVILLE, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--For 15 years, the Iowa Children's Museum has connected learning and play at the Coral Ridge Mall.

Now the mall managers are doing their part, to keep the museum right where it is.

Today the mall is paying it forward with a hefty gift.

Its a pretty expensive gift. The mall is donating $750, 000 each year for the next five years to the museum. Its part of keeping this fun building alive.

It's an oasis of play. Each year thousands of visitors, young and old explore the Iowa Children's Museum.

Different stuff like drawing and painting.

Activities that make the museum a community resource for families.

"They can leave all their cell phones behind. They can leave their responsibilities. They can come here and spend that really special time with their child," said Deb Dunkhase, executive director of the museum.

"They have an aircraft here that the children can play with; they've got a wind tunnel. They've got so many things. It's a real learning place," said Herbert Wilson member of the Museum Advisory Council.

That and its ability to bring families together are some reasons why the coral ridge mall is renewing the museum's lease for another five years, free of charge.

"We are so proud of the work that they've done here that it was really a no brainer. We extended it and we're happy to provide that gift," said Monica Nadeau, general manager of the Coral Ridge Mall.

A more than $3 million gift that families here appreciate

"It gives kids a great safe place to play and it's a great place to come and learn," said Nanny Kaitlyn Hughes.

The mall has always been a huge supporter of the museum the mall has donated 17 million to the museum since it opened.
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