Lawson Center Adds Children’s Program

BEMUS POINT – The 2014 season at The Lawson Boating Heritage Center has brought new exhibits and a new children’s program.

Elementary school children visiting the museum can get a free junior mate activity book filled with puzzles and games. To solve the puzzles and win the games, the children search the museum for clues and answers and record them in the book. When their visit to the museum is over, the children can present their completed book to the museum staff and receive a Junior Mate Certificate and colorful sew-on sleeve patch.

The booklet was professionally designed by Elise Kahl. Born and raised in northwest Ohio, Kahl received her bachelor’s degree in art and technology from Ohio State University and a master in science at the University of Wisconsin in environmental education and interpretation. She lives in Asheville, N.C., and serves as program manager for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program.

Dave Graper, Lawson Center trustee, is the driving force behind this program.

“We want to make a visit to The Lawson Center Museum both fun and educational for kids,” Graper said. “The puzzles and games are age-appropriate and just challenging enough to be interesting and fun. In addition to learning about boating and history of the lake, the activity book re-inforces what the children are learning in school about reading comprehension and problem-solving. We think it’s a win-win proposition.”