Families are getting a chance to preview a new children's museum today.
"KidsPlay" on Main Street won't have its official opening until 2014, but for the past two weeks volunteers have been putting the finishing touches on exhibits designed to capture the imagination of kids both big and small.
"The whole idea behind this is learning through play and every time they do something with an exhibit and see the consequences of their actions they're learning," said Cathy Schmitz, a museum committee member.
Schmitz, a grandmother of 10, is one of more than 30 people who have been working to get a children's museum off the ground in northwest Connecticut.
The museum committee is in the process of securing funding in the form of grants. Committee members are also talking to potential donors.
Given the location in northwestern Connecticut, committee members think the museum will attract families not just from in state, but from Massachusetts and New York as well.
"They're simple representations of the kinds of hands on multi sensory exhibits that we will eventually have in the final museum that will be much larger, more sophisticated, professionally fabricated," said Schmitz.
Free previews begin today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continue every Thursday in August.
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