Friday, June 24, 2005

Here's an article I wrote that came out in the Dunn County Herald today regarding tomorrow's event:

Kids’ Day at Dunn County Museum

Kids’ Day is almost here! On June 25th from 4-7 pm at the Dunn County Museum in Dunn Center, there will be snacks, games, and prizes for all under 16-yr.-old participants.

Kids’ Day is the culmination of Kids’ Month (June) at the museum. “June is the first summer month,” explains Museum Curator Christopher Sand, “Kids don’t stop learning just because they’re out of the classroom. We think our museum is really interesting and we want to expose it to all ages of people.”

Jeri Patchen, the museums’ Assistant Curator, mentions how youngsters are often the reason why many parents visit Dunn County Museum. “Earlier today,” she begins, “two moms, with a total of five or six small kids, came up because the kids remembered it from last year and wanted to return. Maggie and Dawn, the last curators, made the museum fun and we’d like to carry on that tradition.”

Sand sketched out Kids’ Day’s afternoon agenda, “4 pm to 5 pm will be structured loosely with people getting a chance to explore the museum and surrounding property. Little ones can draw on the concrete sidewalks with some colored chalk we bought if they’re feeling artistic. 5 pm to 6 pm will be more structured with games to be decided depending on the age turnout. 6 pm to 7 pm will be continued play time and food--hot dogs, chips, refreshments, and dessert.”

Oh, and let’s not forget the prizes! The curators promise that everyone under sixteen who attends will receive a prize of some sort. Admission into the museum will be free for everyone that day.

To review: free admission, free food, lots o’ prizes, and fun!! So, what’s the catch? According to the curators, they want a high turnout this summer. Says Patchen, “We want to keep the Museum’s momentum rolling. Events like this keep us in the public eye.” “That and we want to promote community goodwill,” adds Sand, “If successful Kid’s Day could become a yearly opportunity to connect young and old over one of Dunn County’s treasures.”

Don’t forget that June 25th is also Killdeer and Dunn Center’s yearly City Wide Rummage Sale Day, too. So after an exciting day of bargain hunting, bring the family up to Museum Hill in Dunn Center for even more good times, such as wheelbarrow races, hop scotch, kick the can, marbles, jacks, four square, freeze tag, three-legged races, and maybe even some things you’ve never heard of before. See you there! Call 548-8111 for more info.

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