Museum's view: You’re cordially invited to come exploreConsider this a community invitation. The fifth-annual Bubble Festival will be held at the Duluth Children’s Museum on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1-5 p.m.
By: Michael P. Garcia, Duluth News Tribune
Consider this a community invitation. The fifth-annual Bubble Festival will be held at the Duluth Children’s Museum on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 1-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and takes place on the Clyde Park campus, where the Duluth Children’s Museum has been located for a year. Previous attendance for the event has ranged from 3,000-4,000 people. Our hope is to draw 5,000 family members from across the entire upper Midwest this year.
Summer in the Northland can be short. As fall approaches, school calendars and activities dominate everyone’s mind. What better way to breathe deeply and celebrate the joys of having fun together than to gather at the Duluth Children’s Museum and create a bubble big enough to stand in?
In addition to the many bubble-
activity stations throughout the parking lot, visitors will have an opportunity to explore our partner and neighbor organizations. The turf at the Heritage Sports Center will be open for floor sports, so visitors can experience the turf on which professional athletes play. The ice arena will offer open skating with skates provided for people who wish to get a feel for what amateur and professional skaters and hockey players experience on an amazing sheet of ice. The Boys and Girls Club climbing wall will be open to children who qualify by height to experience that adventure. And the Clyde Event Center will be the site of a very special guest, The Bubble Guy, who will delight and entertain audiences through the science of bubbles.
In the first four years of the Bubble Festival, people came from five states beyond Minnesota to participate. Parents and children delight in telling us this event has become an annual family tradition. At the same time each year, new children and families discover the event for the first time and become part of the growing number of loyal participants.
When you think you have explored it all and done it all, I have one more challenge. Please use the Bubble Festival as an excuse to come inside and experience what the Duluth Children’s Museum offers visitors on a daily basis.
The expanded space greatly enhances the experience of our young people. Explore the larger vision and program goals to be delivered in our future home. Yes, the home we are in is fantastic, but we already have outgrown it as we wait to develop our permanent home across the parking lot. Come see for yourself and be as convinced as the children and families who visit repeatedly that your investment in their future is an important step to take.
I look forward to meeting many of you on Aug. 25 or on whatever day your travels take you to our Phase One home at 115 S. 29th Ave. W. I encourage you to go to our website, duluthchildrensmuseum.org, to learn more about the Bubble Festival and our vision for future generations.
Michael P. Garcia is president and CEO of the Duluth Children’s Museum.