Imagine Nation invites kids to learn about Election Day, Veterans Day

Published on Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:23
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

BRISTOL - How does one convey to a young child the heroic act of deciding to serve one’s country, the importance of voting or why people run for public office? Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center will introduce those concepts to foster respect and patriotism at a young age on Election Day, Nov. 5 and Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, at One Pleasant St., will be open on both upcoming holidays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On both days, there will be a variety of themed educational workshops free with normal museum admission.

Election Day workshops will have children creating a “campaign platform,” designing a poster and creating an election pin using a button press. They will then be able to make a red, white and blue parfait as an afternoon snack.

Karen Pac, museum studio manager and Atelierista, said children will learn what a ballot is by voting on their favorite museum studio.

“Last year they voted for our wildlife studio; kids love animals,” said Pac. “But, we have made a lot of changes to our other studios since then so we’ll be curious to see who wins this year.”

Kids will also be able to go to a photo booth, where they can dress up in costumes and have “campaign photos” taken.

Veterans Day workshops will include a program teaching children about military animals and another which will talk about the emblems used for each branch of service. Children will also be able to craft poppy flowers, which are a symbol of remembrance for those who served.

“Kids will not only learn about military dogs but also other animals that have been used by men and women in the service,” said Pac. “We will talk about carrier pigeons and war horses.”

Additionally, children that visit the museum’s multicultural room will look at a map of the world and they will be taught about how those who serve travel overseas to perform their duties.

“We will put the service into language that they can understand,” said Pac. “It will impress upon them at an earlier age what people give up to serve their country and how it is an amazing, courageous and honorable thing.”

Heather Grance, marketing manager at Imagine Nation, added that there may also be a veteran with a service dog visiting that day.

The Imagine Café will be open with lunch options, snacks and ice cream from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Admission is $10 per person or free for museum members and children younger than 1.

For more information, visit imaginenation.org or call 860-314-1400.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:23. Updated: Thursday, 17 October 2019 20:26.