Children's Discovery Museum hosts kids entertainment at Jam Fest

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

April 18, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2013 at 11:18 p.m.

Children will have a chance to ride ponies and play on a fire truck at Children's Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent on Saturday.

During the two-day Jam Fest, the children's museum is partnering with the Victoria Fine Arts Association to raise money to cover its operating costs.

Longtime museum board member LeOlive Rogge said the event will serve as Springfest, one of the museum's largest fundraisers. Springfest is normally held this time of year.

Saturday, the Children's Discovery Museum will have activities for parents and their children to enjoy together, including crafts, games, snacks and face painting. Each activity, Rogge said, will take between one and three tickets. Each ticket costs $1.

Melissa Dixon, executive director of Children's Discovery Museum, said there will also be activities outside for children to participate in.

Outside the museum, children can enjoy pony rides, a bounce house and a firetruck, she said.

"We'll have a fire truck that will be out in the street in front of the museum that children can play in and learn about," she said.

There will be two 45-minute shows for Circus Chickendog and the "Mutt-cracker" show that will be held at the museum. Parents can purchase tickets in advance for $5 or $6 at the door. Seating for the shows is limited.

Proceeds from the event will help cover operational expenses, which aren't covered by grant funding.

"Typically, we get grants that go toward exhibits and programs," Dixon said. "We also have corporate donors and corporate sponsors and individual giving as well."

Rogge said she was grateful the art association was interested in working with the museum and other groups in Victoria.

"This will bring in a new audience that we don't necessarily attract," Rogge said.



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