The Northeast Texas Children’s Museum is transitioning from a successful spring to an activity-filled summer. A parking lot filled with school buses from as far as Texarkana, Linden, Denison, Dangerfield, Rockwall, Terrell, Princeton, and Hugo, Oklahoma, has been a part of the field trips for the last three months. High attendance peaked during Spring Break with over 1,200 visitors in 5 days. Visitors from 78 different communities came to the Children’s Museum during the week. Almost 8,000 visitors came to the Children’s Museum in March and April.
Visitors have been excited about the new green KidSteam train and the Imagination Playground blue blocks. The new wind tunnel has also been very popular. Built by Jim Brown, children can watch a variety of items make the trip out of the wind tunnel. A bubble window built by staff member Elena Barton and James Cross has added another dimension to the Bubble Room.
Making the transition into summer, the Children’s Museum will offer a variety of activities for children. June 12-15 will be Animal Planet Week with visits from miniature horses, goats, llamas, and other animals. The following week will be Splat, Bang, Pop, Fizz Week with a fun and creative science activity each day. Little Artists with Lonnie Plunkett will be offered the week of June 26-29. Children may register for Little Artists for one or four days. July will include July 4th activities; Dino Week, Fairy Tale Week, Things that Fly Week, and Things on Wheels Week.
Highlighting the month of June will be Commerce Appreciation Day on June 22. The Northeast Texas Children’s Museum appreciates the support shown for the recent Silent Auction to benefit the Children’s Museum. Citizens of Commerce and their children will be offered half-price admission on that day from 9:30 to 4:30. The Kona Ice truck will be at the Children’s Museum from 11:00 to 2:00.
Madeline Sullivan will be remembered on June 21 with Madeline Sullivan Day. Madeline, a long-time supporter of the Children’s Museum, donated the Sullivan Dry River Bed to the Children’s Museum. A Master Gardener, Madeline will be remembered by Hunt County Master Gardeners in several ways. Pat Abramson will be here from 11:00 to 1:00 to help children make Plant People. Hunt County Master Gardeners will also distribute seeds for the children. A craft area will be available for children to create a butterfly.
For details for summer activities, call the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum at 903-886-6055 or visit netxcm.com.