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Museum opens children's theater
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Posted: 2012 Sep 14 - 00:58

By Samantha Joseph

Staff writer

JENSEN BEACH - A new exhibit at the Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast drew more than 100 visitors in its first days of operation.

The Jensen Beach-based museum launched The Children's Theatre, its newest exhibit, on Sept. 1.

Since then, members and first-time visitors alike have come to experience the center specializing in educational games.

"This exhibit teaches kids about the performing arts, and goes along with our mission of inspiring creative play," said Tammy Calabria, the organization's executive director. "It offers paly, creativity and immigration, which are instrumental in the development of children."

Visitors to the theater can use its costumes, scripts and props to learn about acting, directing, writing and set design. They can also help create backdrops for performances, and make puppets for shows in the puppet theater.

"The new theater is fun for the whole family as parents can enjoy a one-of-a-kind performance from their children as well as take on roles in the plays themselves," museum officials said in a press release.

The new exhibit is the ninth at the four-year-old museum, and staff said the nonprofit is gearing to add several attractions in the coming months.

On its list is an outdoor interactive children's garden, set to open this winter, a birthday party and education wing currently under construction and four new exhibits planned for the first floor.

"We have a lot of plans for future admission," said Ms. Calabria.

"This was one of the items in our plans that we moved forward with. We've had a slow growth process. As we secure funding, we add exhibits."

Staffers say the new exhibit has kindled visitors' imaginations, encouraging both adults and children to enjoy creative activities.

More than 100 museum members attended the theater's official launch, and admission has since climbed.

"It definitely sparked some new visitors to come in and encouraged visitors that haven't come in a while to come in and see something new," Ms. Calabria said. "The kids really love it and have a lot of fun creating their own plays."

The Children's Museum of the Treasure Coast is located at 1707 N.E. Indian River Drive in the Indian Riverside Park. General admission is $6. Otherwise, the cost is $3 for children younger than 3 or free of charge for those younger than 12 months old. For more information, call (772) 225-7575 or visit www.childrensmuseumtc.org.

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