BRISTOL - Saturday morning visitors to Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center got to enjoy “Happy Hearts,” the annual scavenger hunt around the museum studios using a list of clues intended to get their brains working and hearts pumping.
There were 12 different stations across the three floors of the museum, with activities like building blocks at the Kinetic Studio, playing music at the Multi-Cultural Studio, or investigating magnets at the Science & Energy Studio.
Each station was manned by a volunteer from the UConn Health Center or a local school, who gave out a stamp for each activity, explained Siena Stickney, museum educator. “At each station you learn about your health and your heart. Once you collect all 12 stamps you receive a prize at the end, a free ice cream pass.”
“It’s basically to get the kids learning more about their hearts and it all ties in with Valentine’s Day,” she said.
Sonal Muzumdar, a medical student from the UConn Health Center, was at the Wellness Studio where she said the kids got to look at X-rays, learn how to use a stethoscope, and learn about dental health.
In the Wildlife Studio Jennifer Boyd, museum educator, said the children got to meet the museum’s animal residents.
Later in the afternoon they would be doing a workshop on animal hearts, “how they work, how they are different from ours,” she said. “We will use a stethoscope with our bearded dragon to listen to her heart. It’s pretty fast, their hearts go a lot faster than ours.”
Nicolette Crowe of Bristol was doing the scavenger hunt with her 6-year-old son Sawyer Chartier, who was looking at the animals in the Wildlife Studio.
“We’re having a good time,” she said. “He went to preschool here and he just finished here in August so he’s very excited to be back.”
Sawyer got a toy dinosaur prize and was happily revisiting all the creatures in the studio, especially Ruby the red-footed tortoise who walked over in her pen to see him.
On the second Saturday of the month, Imagine Nation also welcomes children with special needs and their families.
In addition to the multisensory interactive exhibits, which invite children to touch, discover and create, the museum is modified into a sensory friendly environment with lowered lighting and sound.
Free admission for Sensory Saturday is sponsored by the McPhee Foundation through June, 2018.
For more information, visit www.imaginenation.org .
Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.