April 14, 2013

Museum looks to boost membership


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Blast Boredom campaign at the Imaginarium Children’s Museum is its newest effort to raise money and expand membership.

Organizers also hope to raise awareness of their mission to inspire the love of learning through creativity, discovery and hands-on exploration.


The SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinal Public Relations Club has signed up to help the museum.

“Each year, we choose a charitable organization to help out,” said Tim Maggio, president of the club. “When we looked at the Imaginarium Museum, we knew it was a perfect fit.”

The students are involved at all levels, from designing a website to inventing new projects for the museum.

Their last project, Hannah’s Hope Fund was a huge success, helping to organize efforts that eventually earned the fund more than $250,000 for research. They are confident they can make a lot of good happen at the museum, too.


Town of Plattsburgh Councilman Martin Mannix, a former English teacher, spoke at the campaign kickoff, sharing the special place that education has in his heart and his support for what the museum stands for.

“This is a marvelous addition to our community, and I am struck by the fact that it was founded by mothers and educators,” he said.

“I feel strongly about fundamentals like reading. Remember, families are the first teachers of children. It’s been proven that an early start in reading and other skills will enable adults to do better in life.”


In addition to monetary donations, the museum has a Wish Wall that includes items as hefty as the wooden pirate ship for $5,000, or as little as play scales for the farmers market for $25. Practical items, like gift cards, are also welcome.

Museum President Jennifer Meschinelli, one of the founders, said the hope is that corporate sponsors would come on board with the more expensive items.


Membership is offered in two levels. Deluxe is $150 a year, includes two adults and up to four children.

Because the Imaginarium Museum is part of the Association of Children’s Museums, members in the deluxe category will receive discounts at participating museums, the closest being in Saratoga. A list of those museums is found at

The basic membership is $100 a year for two adults and up to four children.

Membership is not necessary to enjoy what the museum has to offer, however. Admission is $4 each for anyone age 2 and older. Children younger than 2 are welcome also.

The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 324-7426 or email for information.