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October 13, 2012

Children's Museum to celebrate grand opening

PLATTSBURGH — Organizers of the Imaginarium Children’s Museum are hoping to stir excitement and draw volunteers from the community during Sunday’s grand-opening celebration.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., all are invited to conduct experiments in the brand-new science room, play with never-before-seen exhibits, learn about museum-membership opportunities and more.

“Basically, it’s our big hurrah, saying we’re here and we would love for you to come and see what we’ve been doing … we have all these new things,” said Karen Dispo-De Boos, the museum’s marketing director. “Our grand opening is also our kickoff for our regular hours that we’re going to start installing.”

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The exhibits focus on interactive, hands-on exploration, imaginative play and fun. They include a new Construction Zone, complete with tools and a workbench; and the Glow Room, which features light tables, an activity similar to the popular Lite-Brite toy, and other surprises. A farmers market with realistic-looking plastic vegetables and a cash register is also featured, as well as a climbing wall, reading corner and more.

Also new is the dentist area, an exhibit featuring dental X-rays, an X-ray viewer and dental chair, all donated by a local practice.

“It’s educational … I think it’s also a good thing because it will help children to be less afraid of the dentist,” Dispo-De Boos said.

“It’s definitely a discovery museum,” she added. “We want our kids to come and play and learn.”

One reason the Imaginarium is unique is because it combines science and imaginative play to create something for everyone, said Alicia Roberts Frank, vice president of operations.

“A lot of the (children’s museums) are either scientific or they’re imaginative play, and we’re trying to do a bit of both to appeal to all ages,” she said.

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