BRISTOL - Truckloads of sand were dumped in the back parking lot of Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center for the “Beach in the City” event that is running throughout the week.
As calypso music played in the background and water shot out of sprinklers onto fake grass, guest service coordinator at the museum Megan Fields explained that Tuesday was the first day of the event.
Twenty-three tons of sand takes up a 20-by-45-foot area to simulate a beach for kids and families, said Fields, adding that it allows members of the museum and the public to enjoy a day at the beach in Bristol.
She noted that the week-long event is open to the public and is included with regular admissions to the museum. The museum’s workshops will continue running during the event.
Fields added that special, beach-related workshops are scheduled throughout the week for inside and outside the museum.
“There are spin-art, sand-art, canned-art and action-art workshops and more,” said Fields.
Karen Pac, a teaching artist at the museum, explained that each day classes from the museum participate in the different workshops.
“Every day is a different class and different event,” said Pac. “There are special events scheduled throughout the week.”
One of those special events will feature Charles Nyberg, the architect in the construction of the Imagine Nation building, as a sand sculpture artist. This is set for Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
He will be building and designing sand sculptures with kids, explained Doreen Stickney, director of marketing and sponsorship at the museum.
“It will be an interactive event. He will get in the sand and build stuff with the kids,” Stickney said. “We are also having Spaghetti Cake play.”
Spaghetti Cake is an interactive kids band from Burlington and will be playing during the event on Saturday, Stickney noted.
In addition to workshops and entertainment, the museum is selling ice cream. Museum staff also mixed seashells in the sand so kids can sift them out or find them while building sandcastles with the many beach toys, Pac said.
Pac added that people are encouraged to grab some beach chairs, relax in the sand and bring a picnic lunch.
Stickney added that the event was made possible by Dunning Industries, who helped them with the sand, and the City of Bristol, who will help clean up the sand after the event.
The program runs until Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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