To cultivate the next generation of Hondurans to care for the World Heritage Site of Copan, the Copan Association collaborated with Honduran, Guatemalan, and US designers, scholars, and builders, and “Casa K’inich” opened in February 2002. Casa K’inich, or “House of the Sun” has welcomed over 100,000 visitors. Children learn through play in this interactive learning center. Visitors dress Copan’s nobles with magnetized clothes, try on ballgame equipment and watch a re-enactment of the ballgame, practice Maya math and writing and learn how to count in Ch’orti’, a Mayan language.
The Copan Association, the Copan Maya Foundation and PROFUTURO/COHCIT (World Bank), financed this project under the sponsorship of the former First Lady of Honduras, Mrs. Mary de Flores. In 2012 it was refurbished, updated, and new exhibits have been added with funding from the Copan Maya Foudation. There are 41 interactive exhibits in Casa K’inich. Casa K’inich is unique as it is the only child based learning center located near a Mayan ruin. It is located in Fuerte Cabañas overlooking the village of Copan Ruinas. School groups may set up an appointment by calling 504.2651.4105 or writing firstname.lastname@example.org.