What do a boa constrictor, a bubble tube, and a pyramid of Egypt all have in common? They are just some of the entertaining and educational exhibits to be found this summer at the Children’s Museum of SECT in Niantic.
The newest of many additions to the museum is an exhibit titled Kelsey’s Vision, and is designed to stimulate all of the senses. It contains a complete tactile wall, along with numerous auditory aspects and a five foot bubble tube that can be altered by controls at the base. Museum staples Rictor the Boa Constrictor and the benthic submarine are still here, along with newer items such as a pyramid of Egypt and a miniature Flanders Fish Market.
A new program at the museum this summer is Preschool Science, best for children ages 3-5. It is offered on Monday afternoons at 1:30. Topics range from Ocean Life (watching crabs and lobsters move and handling seaweed) to different kinds of binoculars to solar energy and power. For more information about this program, or any of our other programs, please visit our website at www.childrensmuseumsect.org or call 860.691.1111.
Friday nights are half price family nights and the museum is open until 8:00 p.m. The rest of the week the museum is open from 9:30 to 5:00 and Sundays from Noon to 5:00. Museum admission is $6 per person, and free for children under the age of 1 and members as well. If you would prefer a less crowded time to visit, then please come in the late afternoon or shortly after we open at 9:30. Located near parks, beaches, shopping, and affordable dining, the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut is an ideal addition to your family’s summer to-do list.
To give you an idea of the lasting impact this museum can have on a child, let me tell you how I am connected to the museum. I visited frequently as a child with my mother, and when I was looking for a volunteer opportunity in middle school, the museum seemed like an ideal choice. I relived the glory days of my childhood while helping the museum. I volunteered here from 7th grade through my senior year, and I am now a marketing intern after completing my freshman year of college.
Thank you for your support and we hope to make the Children’s Museum of SECT part of your summer schedule.