"Welcome to the Harrisonburg Children's Museum," invites Volunteer Brian Shull. "We're rapidly getting ready for our grand opening next Tuesday the 17th."
Volunteers like Shull are still busy working on the newest addition to downtown Harrisonburg.
A traveling road show of interactive kids exhibits will park here at Court Square for the summer. The hands-on museum features art, science, construction, theater and agriculture. It encourages families to explore these themes together.
"My wife and I got so involved because we took our kids to museums in other communities and we thought wouldn't it be great to have one here," says Shull.
Volunteers have been brainstorming, building, painting and planning this museum for more than a year. Now, with $15,000 in donations, they're just about ready to open the doors.
"I think I'm just as excited as the kids are," admits Volunteer Micheal Strawderman. A stage, complete with costumes, sound effects and changeable backdrops, will allow kids like Benjamin to explore the performing arts.
Other kids prefer to romp around a 10-foot tall barn. James clearly loves to construct and to crash. Shull says the museum is the perfect place for kids to grow.
"Kids learn best when they can get in there and do it themselves instead of being just told about it, so here's a chance for them to get their hands dirty and have a great time," he says.
The Harrisonburg Children's Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from June 17 to Aug. 2. Kids ages 2-12 are welcome. For hours, fees and a schedule of events, call the museum at (540) 442-8900 or log on to www.hcmuseum.org