Winter break is here for many students. That means parents and grandparents will be looking for ways to keep kids entertained over the holidays. The Washington Pavilion is building up its activities schedule to provide things to do for families.
Tom VerDouw and his two year old daughter Vail visit the Washington Pavilion a lot.
“You know what, we actually come here most weekends. We have an annual membership and so it’s easy for us to kill some time during the winter and she loves it,” VerDouw said.
They spend most of their time in the Kirby Science Discovery Center.
“Especially during the day, often times there’s not a lot that’s opened up for kids to go and play. I love the hours and she’s familiar enough with it. It’s like a second home really,” VerDouw said.
Jenna Isaacson with the Washington Pavilion says the building will have a busy schedule through the end of the year.
“You can come in, you can see story time at 10:30 in the morning. Go right up to our science workshop at 11:15. Radley Rex, if you haven’t met him yet, he’s going to be there every single morning. He’s a lot of fun, really great orange, big T-Rex that we have. He’s the best,” Isaacson said.
She says memberships are up due to recent renovations and increased activity. While the facility will be closed Christmas Eve and Day, it will be open for families the rest of the time through the end of the year.
“People are really seeing that we’ve got a lot going on here. Even in the visual arts center, now that our admission combines both museums together with not just the Kirby Science Discovery Center but also the visual arts center, you can enjoy both of those museums for the same ticket price,” Isaacson said.
And if you’re wondering if your child will like it here, just take it from Vail.
Tom: Can you say I love the science center?
Vail: I love the science center.
The Wells Fargo CineDome is also getting in the holiday spirit by showing the movie “The Polar Express” every day at 1:45. Isaacson says the film has been so popular it was actually sold out last weekend. Memberships to the Washington Pavilion are currently 20-percent off and start at $60.