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What's On View at Imagine Nation Children's Museum?

Bristol, Connecticut

An oversized bubble machine is one of the highlights of the Water Wonders exhibit at the Imagine Nation Children's Museum at One Pleasant Street in Bristol, Connecticut. Photo courtesy Imagine Nation

What can you expect from a visit to the Imagine Nation Children's Museum in Bristol, Connecticut? Well, according to Museum Director Doreen Stickney, "[Our museum] is a creative place with many hands-on programs and activities for children to spark their imaginations and learn about the world they live in." Imagine Nation features more than 20 activity-based exhibits of interest to kids and their families. A division of the Boys & Girls Club and Family Center of Bristol, the museum's paid staff works alongside more than 100 committed volunteers to encourage creativity, innovation, and hands-on learning for its young visitors.

According to NASA Space Shuttle Commander Ken Ham who previewed the museum's new space exhibit, "I'll never find the words to describe how cool the launch pad is. But, you get the sensation here." Photo courtesy Imagine Nation

At Imagine Nation, installations range from an oversized, playable Glockenspiel to ESPN's "Play Your Way" exhibit, which uses green screen technology to transform youngsters into sport stars, to the new NASA space exhibit, which simulates a space shuttle launch, to a working greenhouse and mini-construction zone. In addition to the permanent exhibits, visitors can also participate in the museum's full calendar of arts and sciences activities, including cooking classes and "sticky hands" craft projects. On deck for this summer: painting Eric Carle-inspired posy pots on June 24, free ice cream cones (with sprinkles!) on July 1, and a costumes-encouraged, 1960s dance party and groovy movie on August 6. Visit the Imagine Nation Children's Museum website to learn more.

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