PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kids will play, create, improvise and learn when "Ten Days of Play" returns to Berkshire Museum from Friday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 26, to coincide with most schools' February vacation weeks.
Celebrating the fifth year for this popular event, this innovative opportunity for child-directed play is included with regular museum admission and is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. "Ten Days of Play" is part of Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.
The kickoff celebration for "Ten Days of Play" will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during "Ten Days of Play Free Community Night." Families are invited to explore this year’s expanded, engaging, child-directed activities, free of charge.
The Feb. 17 celebration also includes the opening of the Curiosity Incubator, an engaging, immersive exploration of what makes us human, with exciting all-new interactive experiences. Curiosity Incubator is sponsored by the Feigenbaum Foundation and the Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation.
This year the "Ten Days of Play" festival is expanding throughout the museum. The Crane Room once again will be transformed by children's imaginations, becoming the perfect place for kids to play, create, improvise and learn. An exciting array of modular building toys will offer visitors the opportunity to flex their creative muscles. Kids will be able to enjoy a bountiful LEGO station, explore color and gravity at the Tegu magnetic block station, stack structures with Bilderhoos, and innovate with the big blue blocks of the Imagination Playground.
"Ten Days of Play" also will feature new interactive activities for early learners in LAB 102 and dramatic forest play in the Berkshire Backyard gallery. The brand new Tinker Lab in the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation offers curious kids the opportunity to take apart familiar household objects to see what makes them work.
"Ten Days of Play inspires kids to recognize, explore, and express their natural play instincts through this celebration of child-directed activity," says Craig Langlois, Berkshire Museum's chief experience officer. "We're doubling down this year to make play accessible and engaging for the entire family."
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