Museum open for family fun for Canal Days

Making your own skipping rope is a very popular activity at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum this weekend for Canal Days.

It was an amazing turnout of families Saturday, Aug. 3/2019, at the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum grounds for Canal Days.

“We had families lined up to get in really early,” assistant curator Michelle Mason said. “We were supposed to open at 11 a.m., we opened the gate at 10:30. It’s been a steady flow of people ever since.”

The secret to the success at the museum?

“It truly is the coolest place in town this weekend,” Mason said. “We have shade, we have activities….we truly have something for everybody.”

Everything happening at the museum grounds is family-friendly and interactive.

“We have the medieval guys putting on displays and doing battle with the kids too,” she said.

There are many different activities for the family to explore. The giant sandbox, the scavenger hunt, marine-themed children’s games and so much more.

“There are so many activities this year that you can’t look on the grounds without seeing something happening,” curator Stephanie Powell Baswick said.

“There’s lots of family orientated activity that is either free or minimal cost,” she said. “For example, we have a .50 cent lemonade stand (which helps fundraise for the museum).”

“We find that people are here for hours just enjoying the activities,” she said.

“We do have a couple of new things this year that are very popular, we are making heritage bookplates, we rejuvenated the games section and we have a rope tying exhibit where people get to make their own skipping rope which is very popular with everyone,” she said. “We are really happy to see everyone having fun.”

The Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum grounds will be open Sunday, Aug. 4/2019, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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