Marbles Kids Museum to Open River-Themed Exhibit March 30

'River Playway,' designed to spark curiosity about the Neuse River Basin, opened March 30
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Photos courtesy of Marbles Kids Museum
A graphic rendering of River Playway, a new exhibit made possible with a $99,500 grant from Duke Energy.

Just in time for spring break, Marbles Kids Museum is opening a brand-new exhibit Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m., called "River Playway." This exhibit features a playful, pretend experience designed to spark curiosity about the Neuse River Basin, encourage kids to care for and protect our waterways, and celebrate the grandness and connectedness of the Neuse River Basin, from Raleigh to the coast. "River Playway" is the result of a $99,500 grant, which is part of the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million commitment from Duke Energy. Marbles Kids Museum first announced the project in June 2018.

Located on the second floor of the museum just past the elevator bay, "River Playway" exhibit guests will step “mid-stream” into a playful pretend Neuse River vividly animated with interactives, color, lights and sounds. Guests can spot native species of plants and animals, “splash” with fish along an interactive floor, build a beaver dam and peek into local wildlife habitats. "River Playway" also offers active, imaginative play: From floating down a river on a rippling slide to monitoring water levels in the Ranger Station before ascending the canopy lookout tower. It’s hands-on, minds-on fun, as well as a reminder to families to get outside and play at your nearest Neuse River access point.

"'River Play-Way' will delight kids of all ages as they explore make-believe river habitats and engage in role play activities that foster an appreciation for the health and beauty of our waterways,” says Hardin Engelhardt, vice president of Play Experience at Marbles Kids Museum. "We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with Duke Energy and for their generous support of this one-of-a-kind project."

“Duke Energy is dedicated to protecting and restoring the rivers and waterways that power our regional economies,” says David Fountain, president of Duke Energy in North Carolina. “That includes developing the next generation of water stewards. We look forward to our partnership with Marbles and the impact this project will have in the region.”

The exhibit will occupy the museum’s second floor. Guests will step “mid-stream” into a playful pretend river animated with interactives, color, lights and sounds.

Source: Marbles Kids Museum


This article was originally published June 5, 2018, and updated on Mar. 25, 2019.

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