Day at the beach among Imagine Nation's summer offerings

Published on Saturday, 1 July 2017 20:54
Written by Lorenzo Burgio

STAFF WRITER

BRISTOL - Imagine Nation, a Museum Early Learning Center, has organized many activities this summer.

“We want to encourage families to get out together this summer, to unique learning environments and have fun exploring all the programs created here at Imagine Nation,” said Doreen Stickney, the director of development and marketing at the museum.

One of the main events this summer is the Water Carnival, so kids and their families can beat the heat with outdoor water games and ice sculpture creations, noted Stickney.

“This is the first time that we are holding this event,” she said. “We have seen popularity in our water studio and it is summer so we aimed for a unique event. The Imagine Nation’s character, Professor Bubbles, will also be there giving presentations for the kids.

“There will be two waterslides and a hydro blaster that fills water balloons with water until they explode,” she added. “There will be two sea horse sculptures and stations throughout the parking lot and outdoor learning center with different games and activities.”

The event is set for July 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a rain date is set for the following day. Tickets are $10, sold at the door, and include access to all of the museum’s inside studios for the day. Children under the age of one and members receive free admission.

Families and kids are encouraged to bring their beach chairs, towels and toys for the next main event and to get ready for a day at the beach in Bristol, explained Stickney.

“It’s the first time we have done the Beach in the City event and we really want to get children outdoors, so we are filling part of the back parking lot with sand for a week,” she said. “We encourage families to come out and enjoy the day like they would at the beach.”

“It’s nice to offer kids a space to be outside in the summer that is like a beach,” said Imagine Nation Director Coral Richardson. “Some kids can’t make it to the beach and we are all about imagination and creativity here at the museum, so we brought the beach to Bristol.

“We are looking forward to offering a new experience for families to hang out in the area and have a fun day in the sun. There will be a snow cone maker, lunch will be available and we will be selling water toys for the kids.”

Richardson added that admission for this event also includes access to all the studios for the day and that it’s recommended to park in the public commuter lot diagonal from the museum or in the church parking lot across the street. The event will be held from August 1 to August 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stickney added that the Bristol Board of Education is sponsoring a program that provides half-price admission for the first 140 Bristol youths from Tuesday to Thursday in July and August.

For more information contact Megan Fields at 860-314-1400 or look online at imaginenation.org.

Upcoming events

n Wednesday, July 5: Matica Arts Light Show 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. A circus infused LED Light Show!

n Thursday, July 6: Glow in the Dark Face Painting 10 a.m. to noon.

nFriday, July 7: Nappy’s Puppet Show, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Explore the history of shadow puppets as an art form.

n Thursday, July 13: Water Carnival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beat the heat with outdoor water games and ice sculpture creations.

n Friday, July 14: Up Close with Cedar Island Marina, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Showcasing the creatures of Long Island Sound and a touch tank.

n Wednesday, July 19: Good Things Happen Rockin’ Show 10-11 a.m.  Upbeat show about unlikely heroes who worked hard for their success

n Thursday, July 20: Drum Circle with Jami Ray 11 a.m. to noon.  Feel and hear the rhythm of beats with an interactive drum circle.

nWednesday, July 26: Picky Eaters Workshop, 10-11 a.m. Discover how our taste buds work and get some tips at trying new foods.

n Thursday, July 27: Railroad Day, 10 a.m. to noon. Hop aboard the Roaming Railroad and take a spin around the premises, $3 a ride.

n Friday, July 28: Mad Scientists Fire & Ice Show, 11 a.m. to noon. Foggy dry ice storms, beach balls floating in the air and “burp” potions galore.

n Tuesday, Aug. 1-Saturday, Aug. 5: Beach in the City, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spend a day at the “beach,” splashing, playing, exploring, and much more.

n Wednesday, Aug. 2: Story Time with Author Donna LeBlanc 10-11 a.m. Meet author Donna LeBlanc as she reads her new book, “Sir Walter Farluba.”

n Thursday, Aug. 3: West Coast Art, 10 a.m. to noon. The West Coast comes to Bristol! Create a collage that evokes an L.A. landscape. Blick Art Materials Perspective Workshop at 1:30 p.m.

n Friday, Aug. 4: Magic Pete & Incredulous Chris, 10-11 a.m. A two man kid’s comedy show that will make your belly laugh!

n Saturday, Aug. 5: Spaghetti Cake Performance. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. An original rock band for the whole family! Move, dance, sing along, perform!

n Wednesday, Aug. 9: A Musical Journey, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. A multi-cultural journey with exotic instruments from around the globe.

n Thursday, Aug. 10: Hula Show, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. An interactive Polynesian Show by Kawai who was born & raised in Hawaii.

n Friday, Aug. 11: 1 Drum Circle with Jami Ray, 11 a.m. to noon. Feel and hear the rhythm of beats with an interactive drum circle.

n Thursday, Aug. 17: Trash to Tunes, 11a.m. to noon. Explore how cultures through time utilized their environment for music.

n Tuesday, Aug. 22: The Dr. Bugman Experience, 10 a.m. to noon. Join Dr. Bugman & The Parrot Society for the reveal of our re-imagined Wildlife Studio sponsored by the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation.

n Wednesday, Aug. 23: Bats Are Good Guys, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Visit with bats and learn about this unique species from a bat enthusiast.

n Thursday, Aug. 24: Dog Days of Summer, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet a variety of tail wagging friends and learn about lovable canines.

n Friday, Aug. 25: Once Upon A Farm, 10:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Get up close and personal with a variety of therapeutic farm animals.



Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News on Saturday, 1 July 2017 20:54. Updated: Saturday, 1 July 2017 20:56.