The Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum is celebrating its ninth anniversary on Monday.
They are working on the construction of a brand new exhibit, 3-2-1 Blast Off, after years of growth and expansion of the museum.
Executive Director Lisa Phelps describes the completed exhibit as a trip to space for children.
“It’s over 19 feet wide and over 30 feet tall, so as they move around it will look like they are moving through the atmosphere,” Phelps said. “They will start at ground level, then they will be in the clouds with the birds, then they will eventually reach the darkness of space.”
The climber part is expected to be installed in February, but they still have a lot of fundraising to do.
“We raised $ 189,000 for this exhibit, we have another $ 74,000 left,” Phelps said.
Director of Events and Marketing Madison Bazzett said that in the meantime kids can look forward to other things like the museum’s birthday party on December 27 and another surprise at the end of the month .
“We’re having a children’s masquerade gala on New Years Eve from 6 pm to 9 pm,” Bazzett said. “We’ll be doing a balloon drop at 8:00 pm from the top of the barn, sort of simulating the bullet drop. “
In a place for children, the party is for them.
“It’ll be a fun little formal event because the kids can’t really go out and do fun things like that, dress up with their parents, so that’s kind of the idea we had there,” he said. Bazzett said.
If the New Year promises anything, its progression to 3-2-1 Blast Off and more upgrades to come.
“There’s a lot on the wish list,” said Phelps. “We want to revamp the Luminary Lab, we want to create an outdoor Discovery Deck classroom, there’s just a renovation we need to do. “
They also welcome donations to their Helping Hands Fellowship, which offers memberships to families in need.
To donate, you can come to the museum in person or visit their website here.