OUR VIEW: Bringing the beach to Bristol - for the kids

Published on Wednesday, 2 August 2017 19:39
Written by Staff

We loved the idea, brought to life by Bristol’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 “Beach in the City” 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.

That’s why we were excited to see that the Museum’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 you’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, here’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.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Wednesday, 2 August 2017 19:39. Updated: Wednesday, 2 August 2017 19:41.