BRISTOL - How does one convey to a young child the heroic act of deciding to serve oneâ€™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 â€ścampaign platform,â€ť 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.
â€śLast year they voted for our wildlife studio; kids love animals,â€ť said Pac. â€śBut, we have made a lot of changes to our other studios since then so weâ€™ll be curious to see who wins this year.â€ť
Kids will also be able to go to a photo booth, where they can dress up in costumes and have â€ścampaign photosâ€ť 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.
â€śKids will not only learn about military dogs but also other animals that have been used by men and women in the service,â€ť said Pac. â€śWe will talk about carrier pigeons and war horses.â€ť
Additionally, children that visit the museumâ€™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.
â€śWe will put the service into language that they can understand,â€ť said Pac. â€śIt 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.â€ť
Heather Grance, marketing manager at Imagine Nation, added that there may also be a veteran with a service dog visiting that day.
The Imagine CafĂ© 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.