Marbles Kids Museum Opens Play Annex

The new building will host summer camp group activities, volunteer corps, field trip groups, parent-child workshops and community partner events.
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The Play Annex is a 16,000-square-foot building adjacent to the main museum.

Marbles Kids Museum recently expanded its footprint for play with the opening its new Play Annex, a 16,000-square-foot building adjacent to the main museum. The first floor of the new building will host summer camp group activities and volunteer corps beginning this week. Soon, the space will also host field trip groups, parent-child workshops and community partner events.

“The number one comment we hear from our guests is that we need to expand — more exhibits, a larger lobby and added space for family programs. Opening the first floor of the Play Annex for groups immediately frees up space for more play in the main museum,” says Marbles Kids Museum CEO Sally Edwards. “Over the next two weeks, we’re installing two new spacious play adventures in the museum. Meanwhile, we have fresh, fun new rooms in the Annex for family and community

 programs. It’s a multipurpose win-win for Marbles and our growing community.”

The Play Annex supports the nonprofit museum’s main exhibit building, IMAX movie theater and café to create an entire campus for play and exploration in downtown Raleigh. Last year, Marbles Kids Museum purchased the building at 207 E. Hargett St., next-door to the museum and across from Moore Square Park.

“When any business or organization with expansion needs has the chance to purchase contiguous property, it should make every effort to seize the opportunity,” says Laura Bunn, market president for Capital Bank and chair of Marbles Kids Museum's board of directors. “The fact that our community is urging Marbles to expand made the Play Annex acquisition and renovation even more important.”

The 68-year-old former school building was a fixer-upper, and community support has enabled the nonprofit to complete phase one of the renovation. Fundraising is ongoing to renovate the second floor, which will require significant investment to meet the museum’s commitment to accessibility. For continued updates on the building, please visit marbleskidsmuseum.org/PlayAnnex.

Source: Marbles Kids Museum

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