Children's Museum plans work day

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WALLA WALLA — Before children can play, the new board of the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla must get some work out of the way.

The museum, near the Poplar Street entrance to the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus, has a number of immediate refurbishing needs, noted Director Tara Crain. A volunteer service day is scheduled for Wednesday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

“We’re going to be doing ground work, fencing, weed pulling, filling in gopher holes, scraping paint and repainting in some spots,” she said. As well, the exhibits inside need some basic work such as hinge replacement, new light bulbs, parts repair and “just a good fall cleaning.”

More than two dozen Walla Walla University students are signed up to help, meaning tools and assignments for volunteers will be at the ready, Crain said. “We want to be able to have the museum shine for the 20th.”

It will be Oct. 20 when the doors will reopen to show the public what is waiting for community children, “and why we are so excited. To see all the different types of learning and exploration we have inside,” the director said. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., visitors will be to enjoy the museum for free, thanks to two local businesses that underwrote the cost of the grand re-opening. Membership information and raffles will be part of the event.

A membership meeting is planned for Monday at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to all, but voting privileges are reserved for those holding memberships, which number 127, Crain said. “Of course, we hope to triple that.” New board members will be presented and approved by members.

Annual membership to the Children’s Museum of Walla Walla is $75 for the traditional family package that includes two adults and up to four children. A new “gold” membership at $100 will allow members to bring in neighbors, extended family and friends for visits, she said.

For more information call Crain at 509-629-0764.

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