BRISTOL - Following a week that mostly revolved around national and local elections, the city has a weekend planned that will be much more family oriented.
The fun will begin on Saturday during Imagine Nation Loves Bristol, when admission to the children’s museum on Pleasant Street will be free for all Bristol families. Proof of residency - a driver’s license, utility bill or another form of address verification - will be required.
“We do this a couple times throughout the year,” said Doreen Stickney, development and marketing director at the museum.
“We developed this as a way to give back to our community, to open our doors to visitors and families who might not otherwise be able to come and explore Imagine Nation and see what we’re all about and what we have to offer.”
During Imagine Nation Loves Bristol, which is sponsored by the Farmington Savings Bank, the museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to free admission for Bristol residents, yearly family memberships - which normally cost $140 - will be available for a reduced price of 20 percent off.
Also on Saturday, Imagine Nation will hold the 15th annual Connecticut Odor-Eaters® Rotten Sneaker Contest® at 1 p.m. The contest, which is free to enter for children between the ages of 5-15, will look for the most worn out and smelliest pair of sneakers. Contestants must wear their own shoes, and will take to the runway to show them off to three judges.
“It’s a fun contest and we look forward to it every year,” Stickney said.
The winner will receive $200 cash, the Golden Sneaker Award, a basket of Odor-Eaters Products® and a trip to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum in New York City to compete in a national smelly sneaker contest.
And on Sunday, the fun will continue at the New England Carousel Museum with one of its monthly craft activities. Held the 2nd Sunday of every month, the theme of each Family Sunday is different each time. This weekend will feature children making horse finger puppets.
“We try to make it accessible for children of all ages,” said Morgan Urgo, carousel museum manager.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children. They include the price of the craft and admission for the day into the museum. The craft building will take place from 12-4 p.m., and the museum will remain open an hour longer for families to enjoy all that it has to offer.