BRISTOL - After kids crafted their own paper carousel horse Tuesday, they chose their favorite seats on the merry-go-round at the New England Carousel Museum for a ride on National Merry-Go-Round day.
The national holiday is celebrated on July 25 because the first carousel patent issued in the United States happened on that day in 1871. The museum celebrated by offering free admission and rides to kids throughout the afternoon.
The museum was busy with families taking rides on the carousel, making arts and crafts or checking out the exhibits in the museum or the Museum of Fire History that is right next door, explained museum manager Morgan Urgo.
Sitting at a table near the merry-go-round making arts and crafts were sisters Christina Signore and Rebecca Cummings with their kids and mother, Debbie Cristillo.
The kids decorated their own paper cutouts of horses with crayons, stickers and feathers. They then stuck a straw or stick on the back to make it a carousel horse before choosing their favorite horse on the merry-go-round for the ride.
This is the second time the family, who is from Bristol, visited the museum and it is the first time they have celebrated National Merry-Go-Round day, explained Signore as the kids waited for a ride on the carousel.
“We had never heard of the holiday, but it’s a great thing to do with the kids,” Signore said.
After a ride on the carousel, the kids made their way upstairs to ring the fire bells next door in the Museum of Fire History.
This is the first time the carousel museum has participated in the national holiday and they plan to continue to do so because there was a good turnout, Urgo said.
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