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October 13, 2012

Children's Museum to celebrate grand opening

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“We’re trying to reach everyone so that when a family comes, the older kids aren’t bored; they have something that’s interesting, too.”

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Sunday’s Science Spectacular program will offer hands-on learning projects for the older children.

“I have someone who’s going to be doing film-canister rockets, self-inflating balloons, invisible ink …” Frank said.

“We’re having things like Goop and Gak and Oobleck … floating eggs and just little activities you can do at home.”

The goal, she said, is to encourage learning through play and provide an avenue for kids to become inquisitive about their world.

Other projects, including a Sensory Zone, are in the works, with some dreams yet to be imagined.

“Because it’s a community project, we want community input,” Frank said. “If it’s only a couple of us making decisions, then it becomes what we want and not what everyone wants, so the more voices and people we can get on the table, the better.”

Frank and Dispo-De Boos, who each have two small children, said volunteers can help in many different ways.

“We’re looking for people to help with exhibits, for people to help with programs, people who would be willing to staff open play (sessions),” Frank said. 

Help cleaning up and setting up would also be greatly appreciated, Dispo-De Boos said.

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Organizers are drawing ideas for exhibits from a number of other children’s museums across the world. They aim to incorporate those plans into the museum’s future permanent location, pending grant funding and a capital campaign to raise $10 million. The ground-breaking could happen as soon as spring 2014. 

Frank said there are no limits to what the museum could become.

“We’re only limited by our imagination and the people that can help us,” Dispo-De Boos said.

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