North Country Children’s Museum hosts preview and fundraiser in Canton to support exhibits and hands-on activities
Friday, March 8, 2013 - 3:10 pm

POTSDAM -- The North Country Children’s Museum (NCCM) recently held an event hosted by Brooke James and Charles Rouse at 24 East Main Street Bed & Breakfast, Canton.

“The NCCM Preview Social Series is an exciting ‘adult friendly’ component of our recently launched major gifts campaign,” said Sharon Williams, co-founder of the museum with April Vasher-Dean. Each unique event features a prototype of a permanent exhibition space with hands-on activities designed to involve all guests in the learning experience.

The evening featured NCCM’s KidPower exhibition. Created in partnership with Danielle Grant and Dr. Alexandru Stoian of Canton-Potsdam Hospital, this permanent exhibition space will take children on a journey through several challenges that teach children how their body moves and how to keep themselves healthy.

“The underlying philosophy is that when kids are having fun while they exercise, they are setting themselves up for a lifetime of healthy living” says Danielle Grant. The KidPower exhibition will include movement-based and high-energy activities such as a kid sized fitness center, climbing tree, drumming spot and a revitalizing yoga loft.

NCCM began in 2011 with Museum Without Walls, a traveling interactive workshop that features a variety of hands-on arts and science programs designed for children of all ages. By providing unique and interactive experiences that support life-long learning, family collaboration and overall success, Museum Without Walls has quickly become an educational resource for the community. Museum Without Walls travels throughout the community with weekly programs delivered at Clarkson University Bookstore in Potsdam.

Designed as a learning lab for visitors and faculty across the four local campuses in education, science and the humanities, NCCM will feature 10 permanent exhibition spaces with interactive experiences that encourage creativity, inquiry, and learning through active participation. With a public opening scheduled for Fall of 2015, programming will include field trip and outreach school programs, interactive learning camps, and a daily after-school enrichment series.

NCCM is conducting a multi-tiered funding campaign to support general operating and program development for Museum Without Walls as well as securing capital dollars for its future home. To learn more about partnership opportunities, please contact Melissa Wagner Telford via email to wagnermia@aol.com.

For additional general information, please visit www.northcountrychildrensmuseum.org.