HOLYOKE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - The Children's Museum at Holyoke Heritage State Park invites interaction and imagination... and their educational programs promote enjoyable learning and self-discovery... and it is all right here in Western Massachusetts. To tell you more is Eileen Brady Leahy, Vice President of the Board of Directors and Attorney in Holyoke.
The Children's Museum is interactive for children and family where we promote education through learning and playing. We want the children to get in there and experience the toys and exhibits.
That's the beauty of the museum. We want them laughing and having fun but at the same time they are learning which is a great experience.
Besides all our interactive exhibits we have, we also have birthday parties and rentals for any type of party. Girl scouts come in and do programs there as well. It's just there for any type of community organization that needs to use it. It's always available for rental.
There's a great gift shop and toys. Christmas coming up, it's a great place to get wonderful toys for the children.
For high school students, adults, senior citizens, anyone looking to give back to the community, we're a great place to go for volunteer opportunities.
The Fancy Steps fund-raiser last week we probably doubled our attendance this year. We had to go to a new location. We went to the Log Cabin with 400 people attending.
We rely on the fund-raiser to keep the doors of the museum open and bringing new exhibits and events here.
It was based on "Dancing with the Stars." We had 10 local celebrities dance. They took 10 dance lessons and learned to dance. Put on an exhibition for the audience. They had to raise the funds to get the dance lessons and we had the cost of the ticket and it was a silent auction as well.
Local celebrities took to the stage Saturday night alongside professional ballroom dancers from ballroom fever who were not only their instructors but their partners as well. The night was full of wildly entertaining performances, roaring applause, pointed toes, high kicks and, of course, good will. It was all in support of the Children's Museum at Holyoke Heritage State Park.
If people would like to go to the museum, it is open year-round.
Wednesday through Sunday and during school vacation and holidays, we're always open on the holidays and school vacations all week long.
444 Dwight Street