Children’s Museum expands hours, brings back Halloween Boo Bash

The new vision for the Utica Children’s Museum is starting to become reality with new hours and the return of Boo Bash.

New Director Elizabeth Slocum Brando, who took over in August, said individual donors have made it possible to keep the museum open seven more hours per week until the end of the year. It’s hoped the new hours will make it easier for working parents to bring their children to the museum, she said in a news release.

The new hours are:

  • Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fridays: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Alsomuseums-for-all-logo-with-tagline_rgb, the museum now is affiliated with the Association of Children’s Museums, which provides two immediate benefits to the community, according to the release.

First, those who join the museum at a special $125 level can receive 50 percent off of general admission for a group of six or larger at more than 200 children’s museums across the nation as part of a special reciprocal membership program.

Also, to better assist families who are interested in attending but lack the finances to do so, the museum is participating in the ACM’s Museums for All program.

This is the museum’s way of providing a high-quality children’s museum experience to everyone,” Brando said. “This type of admission is offered to any person or group who are using public assistance.”

Community members who use programs such as WIC, Head Start, free or reduced lunch, Birth to 3, SSDI, foster care, and Big Brothers or Big Sisters qualify for a special admission rate of $1 per person for any person or group of up to four individuals per EBT card.

deviled-eggIn addition, the Boo Bash is returning from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Children can come and display their Halloween costumes. This event will include a parade, as well as a variety of arts and crafts, fun science activities and healthy snacks.

For information, please visit www.uticacm.org.