TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Terre Haute Children's Museum is taking learning to new heights with the announcement of the latest exhibit coming next summer.
Museum officials say they are trying to keep growing kids engaged with the installation of an indoor Ropes Challenge Course. The two level feature will be located around the tree exhibit and include a rope bridge, rolling logs, net and a zipline. The lower level will be roughly ten feet off the ground with the second level closer to twenty feet up in the air.
9 year old Krishaa Motycka says, "There is always a big space open and you get to do more stuff and you also get to do more physical stuff than just playing."
Many kids say they are eager to make the climb.
10 year old Nidha Rajoi says, "It's more physical activity for everyone and I'm really excited!"
Brayden Scott says, “I like to do the floor is lava kind of stuff so I think it’s fun.”
Many of the current museum exhibits target younger kids and officials hope the zipline and rope course will keep growing kids interested and coming back.
President of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum board of directors D.J. Wasmer says, "In the fall of 2016, the Museum’s Board conducted research with an outside company to help us identify opportunities to improve our facility. What we learned is that families love the Museum and appreciate the hands-on learning opportunities that we provide, but they really longed for more active exhibits and experiences that would engage their kids as they grow older."
Wasmer and others think this new exhibit provides an opportunity for learning and physical activity.
Executive director of the Museum Lynn Hughes says, “Guests will get to explore potential and kinetic energy on the zipline, they’ll learn about the vestibular system as their bodies work to maintain balance, and they’ll learn about different muscle groups as they try to determine which muscles they need to strengthen to be more successful on the course."
Wasmer announced there is a $550,000 fundraising campaign underway to fund the creation of the course. So far, the museum has raised $437,000 with major gifts and pledges from the Hollie and Anna Oakley Foundation, the Charles Morgan Carraway and Joanne M Carraway Charitable Foundation and Fitness Solutions, Inc.
Those who would like more information on making a donation can contact Hughes at 812-235-5548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibit is set to open June 2018.