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Katy Olson column: Museum lets children, adults play together

6:42 PM, Jan. 7, 2013  |  Comments
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The Central Wisconsin Children's Museum isn't just about children. It's a place where children and adults have a safe and fun environment for interaction. Children stretch and gain confidence through role-play and experiential learning. Adults see firsthand the potential of children as they interact together in the exhibit areas.

Beyond that, children and adults have the opportunity to meet and interact with other children and adults. All exhibits are built and sized for children and adults.

To increase the variety of educational opportunities at the museum, we recently have added a new exhibit called "Simple Machines." This exhibit features technology and engineering components through a fun and interactive exhibit. We purchased the display from the Riverfront Children's Museum in Rockford, Ill., with the help of sponsors including Riiser Energy.

Mark your calendars on Feb. 23 for Casino Night, an adults-only fundraiser for the museum. Casino Night is a Vegas-themed event featuring classic casino games such as black jack, craps and roulette. Guests enjoy hors d'oeuvres, impersonators, and silent and live auctions. This fundraiser provides the majority of funding for the Every Fund, the museum's low-income admission assistance program. This is a unique and entertaining evening that no one will want to miss! Tickets cost $25 each or two for $40.

The Central Wisconsin Children's Museum, 1100 Main St. in downtown Stevens Point, is a nonprofit, family-based discovery place where children and adults play and explore life together to strengthen confidence, capabilities and creativity through hands-on investigation. To learn more, call 715-344-2003 or visit cwChildrensMuseum.org.

Katy Olson is executive director of the Central Wisconsin Children's Museum. Email her at katy@cwchildrensmuseum.org.

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