BRISTOL - Families beat the heat yesterday as they took part in many water-related activities and games at Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center’s first ever Kids’ Water Carnival.
There was a steady flow of families throughout the afternoon that enjoyed the water carnival set up in the parking lot of the museum, explained Coral Richardson, director of the center.
“It has been busy and lots of fun. We see a lot of new people from all across the state. The weather is excellent and there is something here to cater to everyone,” Richardson said. “There are many carnival-like games, snow cones, water derby races, ping pong blasters and water slides that were put up at 10 this morning.”
In the shade across the parking lot, a block of ice was being carved into a seahorse by Bill Covitz, owner of Ice Matters in Cheshire. He added that he has been sculpting ice for 17 years since he opened his company in 2000.
“I love the event, it’s a great way to interact with kids and see their faces on a hot, summer day when I am carving the ice,” Covitz said. “I started sculpting with a little chainsaw, so ice shot everywhere, which the kids enjoyed because it seemed like it was snowing in July.”
On the side of the museum, families engaged in different bubble-related activities with Professor Bubbles, or better known as Richard Rich, the museum’s exhibit studio manager, he explained.
“There are traditional bubble blowers for the kids to use and they can also make one to take with them and use at home,” Rich said. “We have a studio similar to this on a smaller scale inside the museum, but it's nice because outside so you can kind of go a little berserk with the bubble if you want and not worry about a mess.”
Brittany Machia of Bristol and Ashley Gould of Southington explained they found out about the event through Facebook and decided to bring their kids.
“It’s a nice event and good for the kids. It’s a hot day, so the kids can cool off,” Gould said. “It’s something different for them to do rather than a splash pad or pool, and there is something for every age.”
Many families could also be found inside the museum participating in the interactive studios scheduled throughout the day, noted the museum’s studio educator Rachel Pipke.
She explained three studios were organized with water-related themes. The first studio taught kids about water absorption, the second was a water maze that focused on the science of water molecules and in the last kids made whirlpools to learn about ocean currents.
“The studios are all run by educators and they have been happening all week as part of this week’s water theme,” Pipke said. “Next week is multicultural week.”
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