We loved the idea, brought to life by Bristolâ€™s Imagine Nation, of bringing the beach to central Connecticut.
On Wednesday, reporter Lorenzo Burgio told us about truckloads of sand, dumped at the museum, for a â€śBeach in the Cityâ€ť event that is running throughout the week.
Sure, our state borders the Atlantic Ocean and many of us make the trek - braving stop-and-go traffic down Route 9 - on summer weekends for a chance to dip our toes into salt water. But few of us can do it more than once or twice a summer and some city children almost never get the chance to build a castle out of silicon crystals.
Thatâ€™s why we were excited to see that the Museumâ€™s Early Learning Center was bringing the beach to Bristol.
According to the Bristol Press, 23 tons of sand now make up a 20-by-45-foot area that simulates a beach for kids and families. Museum staff mixed in seas shells so kids can sift them out or find them while building those sandcastles - beach toys provided!
In case youâ€™re wondering - and wanting to go - this weeklong event is open to the public and is included with regular admission to the museum. And that includes beach-related workshops.
As for us, hereâ€™s what we were wondering: what will happen to all that sand at the end of the week? It turns out that the city of Bristol will generously help with the clean-up.
So thanks to them and a special thanks to the museum folks who created this summer treat.