In a land not very far away at all, there's a castle that's filled with dinosaurs, music and storytellers. It's the Children's Museum of Greater Fall River!
"This is where children play and adults learn to play again," said Jo-Anne Sbrega, the museum's Executive Director.
Each room in the museum is a different hands-on adventure. One minute you can be a paleontologist and another you can be a rock star. In the Dinosaur Room, you can dig for fossils, scale a climbing wall and explore a dinosaur cave. In Violet's Music Room, a classic children's book comes to life where children of all ages can put on their own show using the room's video and TV equipment.
"The kids love Violet's Music Room, but it's especially fun to watch the parents and grandparents go up there and perform when nobody is looking," Sbrega said. "I think they are discovering their inner rock star!"
The Children's Museum of Greater Fall River is the only children's museum in the South Coast region. Other rooms include the World of Water, where you can put pipes together to see how water travels through them, and the Circle Room with a coin vortex where you can watch the coins spin around like a tornado.
But a castle, you say? The Museum was once Fall River's superior courthouse in late 1800s. The four-story building resembles a castle with a spiral staircase and a panorama view of the city from the top. "Children like to say they are going to the castle," Sbrega said.
The Children's Museum of Greater Fall River is open Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Admission is just $8 per person with children under 12 months free.
You can discover how to play again — at the Children's Museum of Greater Fall River!