The Savannah Children’s Museum held its ribbon cutting June 9 in historic downtown Savannah. “I’m excited that so many people showed up. The Coastal Heritage Society has such a talented team of craftsman that work magic to create this whimsical space for all of Savannah to enjoy,” Patricia Knight, director of marketing for the Savannah Children’s Museum said.
The new museum features interactive compartments where children can play and learn from history such as “Savannah Sounds,” “Block City,” the “Exploration Maze,” “Imaginative Playground,” “Mist Island,” and the “Great Excavation,” where children uncover hidden Native-American artifacts, trees, seashells and other items. The museum also featured an Oatland Island Wildlife Center booth where children could interact with animals and more. Several dignitaries attended the ribbon cutting including Mary Osborne, alderwoman for district 2. Osborne says the museum is a fantastic edition to Savannah and will be a tourist attraction to families with children.“ This is something that is explorative and fun for the children. Families don’t bring their children to Savannah to see historic buildings and squares,” Osborne said. “We have long awaited on an attraction for children in our community, for visitors and residents.”
The museum was made possible by a $200,000 grant by the Paul Newman Foundation.
Other dignitaries who attended were mayor Edna Jackson.
“We have been lacking projects for children. This is what you like to see, where they can come and play and also learn.” Jackson said. Lisa Walker is managing director for the Newman’s Own Foundation, one of the many organizations that pledged support for the Savannah Children’s Museum. "It is just a pleasure to support this incredible outdoor play space providing a opportunity for the children of Savannah and the broader region to engage in creative and imaginative outdoor play,” Walker said.
The exploration station is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $7.50 per person over 1-year-old.
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