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2017-06-14 / Arts & Entertainment

Learning Lab Grand Opening at Hanford Mills Museum


The new Learning Lab at Hanford Mills Museum will feature a variety of activities designed for kids eight and under, including these Imagination Playground blocks that can be used for pretend play, to build towers and ball runs. The Learning Lab, which is included with regular Museum admission, opens June 17. 
Contributed Photo The new Learning Lab at Hanford Mills Museum will feature a variety of activities designed for kids eight and under, including these Imagination Playground blocks that can be used for pretend play, to build towers and ball runs. The Learning Lab, which is included with regular Museum admission, opens June 17. Contributed Photo On June 17, Hanford Mills Museum will open the Learning Lab, a new space for children and their families to explore and create.

The Learning Lab will offer building with gears and blocks from Keva and Imagination Playground, problem-solving challenges, mini-waterwheels and other power generation models, and a reading center with kid-sized seating.

“We created the Learning Lab to provide an inviting, kid-friendly space to foster innovation and creative problem solving,” says Liz Callahan, the museum’s executive director. “Kids can explore topics highlighted in mill tours like power, energy, technology and sustainable resources. And, because young children learn through play, we have lot of fun activities for kids to choose from.”

The Learning Lab is included with regular admission.

“We are looking forward to having the space filled with children, and hope that local families will view this as a resource they can visit again and again,” said Callahan. “It is an enjoyable, meaningful and affordable way for families to spend time together.”

June 17 is a Free Family Saturday at Hanford Mills Museum, so any adult accompanied by a child under 18 receives free admission. Children and teens also receive free admission that day. Additional Free Family Saturday dates at Hanford Mills are July 22, Aug. 12, and Sept. 2.

Hanford Mills staff worked with museum education consultant Katie Boardman of the Cherry Valley Group and museum studies students from the Cooperstown Graduate Program to create a space especially for children eight and under.

The planning was supported in part by a grant from the Museum Association of New York.

Hanford Mills will continue to add activities to the Learning Lab, and will install solar panels on the roof of the building soon to provide opportunities to talk about solar power. The Learning Lab is located across the Mill pond from the Museum’s historic sawmill and woodworking shop.

As one of only a handful of operating water-powered mills, Hanford Mills Museum has earned a place on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources, and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices.

Hanford Mills Museum is at 51 county Hwy. 12, at the intersection of Delaware County routes 10 and 12 in East Meredith, 10 miles from Oneonta and 15 miles from Delhi. The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also on Labor Day and Columbus Day. Children 12 and under receive free admission, as do museum members, anyone with an EBT card, and museum neighbors who live in zip codes: 13757, 13739, 13786, 13750 and 13806.

For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

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