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You hear it often, more now with our millennium kids than ever before, to get the kids off the couch and limit their TV time. But sometimes, especially in the winter it's hard to find active activities that challenge the mind.
Well, the Hastings Museum is helping to do just that.
The museum just launched a new Saturday morning program in February called "Imagitarium."
It's a combination of the popular imagination playground and trip to the planetarium, catered to the little ones. The playground is set up for an hour, and it's completely free to play with these big foam blocks, almost like legos. They stack, they bend, and they don't break.
Best of all, they let the kids use their imagination.
"Play is vital. Play is often overlooked as one of the most educational activities we can do with our kids, not just to give our kids the opportunity to play, but to play with them and to use their imaginations and see their parents and their older siblings use their imaginations," said Becky Tideman.
After using their imaginations to maybe build a spaceship there's a planetarium show. That part of the day does require museum admission.
It's a different show each month.
The one in March it will be "First Stars..." an introduction into how the planetarium works.
Imagitarium is held the 4th Saturday of each month at 10:00 am, so the next one is March 23rd.
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