Benefit Concert to Raise Support for Proposed Downtown Cary Children’s Museum


Would you like to see a children’s museum in downtown Cary?

Folks at the non-profit Heart of Cary Association think it’s a great idea. The association’s executive committee is working to create just such a museum through sponsorships and public awareness. On Thursday, June 30, the association will be sponsoring a free benefit concert for the proposed downtown Cary Children’s Museum featuring the local Rock ‘n’ Roll band SHMaK. The concert starts at 8 p.m. in the Ashworth Village parking lot, at the corner of Chatham and Academy streets, in downtown Cary.

Although the concert is free, contributions for the proposed children’s museum will be accepted. Planning for the proposed museum is in its infancy. To offset initial expenses for the museum, the Town of Cary, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, Lazy Daze Festival Committee has granted the association $500 in “seed money.’


Cindy Sinkez, a mother and chair of the proposed museum’s board, says Cary could benefit from a kids’ museum, and the hope is to have it operating within two years. “Cary is a big family town and there are a lot of children and really not a lot of opportunities like this,” she says. Plans are for the museum to start in a small location and grow from there, with an underlying theme that comes naturally to Cary: Technology.

“Because we are such a big technology town, our main focus will be on technology, to celebrate the past, present and future, and how fast it’s grown and changed, ” Sinkez says. “[Technology is] something that I think will maintain the interest of all ages, including grandparents and parents who bring [children] to the museum. We’re hoping to have a wide appeal.”

Board spokesman and association president Doc Thorne says downtown Cary is on the verge of a regenesis and the proposed children’s museum will become an integral part of that growth.

“With the coming on-line of the new Cary Arts Center and its proximity to the elementary school and the downtown shops, restaurants and galleries, it’s our belief an interactive ‘attraction’ for children of all ages, highlighting Cary’s past as well as its growth into and leadership as North Carolina’s ‘technology town’ would be a natural addition to the downtown landscape

Eventually, museum planners hope to have permanent exhibits that allow for change on a regular basis, generating interest, Sindez says. Children might be able to study pottery from Sanford, beach life from the ocean, minerals and rocks, or butterflies, for example.

But right now, she says the focus is on fund-raising, finding a location large enough to house a museum in downtown Cary and gaining non-profit status.

If you head to the concert, don’t forget to take your blanket, beach chairs and cooler. Soft drinks, wine, beer and water, as well as light food items will be available for purchase.

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