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12/13/05

Interactive Children's Museum Opens

It's been a beautiful, clear day. But on those days when it's rainy and cold, kids can get pretty restless playing at home. But thanks to a nonprofit group on Hilton Head Island, children will have a place to exert some of their energy.

For the past two years, a group of volunteers has been working hard, trying to construct an interactive children's museum on the island, and now it's open for business.

Imaginations are running wild as children explore the new Sandbox on the island. "Oh boy, the Sandbox just opens up the world for the children," said resident Pete Saunders. "It offers so much to the children, an outlet for them to play."

But it's not just for the children. Grandparents like Saunders say they have just as much fun. "Watching the children's imaginations go wild," he said. "They're pilots one minute, they're builders one minute."

"That's really the premise of a children's museum," said the museum's Kim Likens. "It's a place where parents can come and interact with their child, unlike at home when the phone is ringing and dinner needs to be cooked."

Stacie Dragulescu, mother of twin toddlers, says this is a place she's been dreaming of for her children. In fact, she and some other mothers have moved their play group here.

"There's a play area in the mall, you can go to Burger King or Chick-Fil-A to play inside, but on a rainy day, there's nothing to do," she said. "This is what we'll be doing."

It's a place where children are literally climbing the walls, and changing hats minute after minute. From hardhats to a chef's hat, these children are getting hands-on learning.

"If children can touch something they can hold it in their hands," said Judith Lawrenson, who's on the board of the Sandbox, "if they can take it apart and put it together, that's what real learning is about."

Although this is a nonprofit museum, there is a fee. However, they have a special program set up to help underprivileged kids and their families in our community. For more information, visit the Sandbox website at:  www.thesandbox.org or call 843.757.8799.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

 

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