Ply. Co. Museum to open Kay-t’s Kid Zone

Thursday, November 8, 2018

LE MARS - Ten “kid-friendly” exhibits at the Plymouth County Historical Museum in Le Mars will be in the spotlight this Saturday, Nov. 10, with the grand opening of Kay-t’s Kid Zone.

Children of all ages are invited to attend the Kid Zone celebration with their parents or some other adult at 10 a.m. in the Museum’s “Old Central” Gym.

After meeting Kay-T, a “kid-friendly” Ratshire dog, participants will be invited to tour the 10 exhibits included in the Kid Zone. At the end of the tour, the children will receive candy outside the log cabins on the Museum’s east lawn.

The featured exhibits along the Kid Zone trail are:

Lower level: a barnyard from the 1930s; Maggie, an interactive milk cow; and the Floyd Valley Model Railroad Room where model trains travel through Plymouth County.

First floor: a 1925 basketball court where children will be able to shoot baskets in the historic “Old Central” Gym.

Second floor: a real airplane, like the ones manufactured in Le Mars in the 1940s.

Third floor: the 1940s Miller’s Lunch Diner where children will receive free root beer floats.

Fourth floor: the Loess Hills Hallway showing the wildlife of the hills; and the Kids’ Cabin, where children can see authentic wildlife furs and hides.

East lawn: Joy Hollow Log Cabin and the Weber Log Cabin.

Helping to provide funding for Kay-t’s Kid Zone is a grant from the Le Mars Hotel-Motel tax. Included in the grant are colorful brochures to hand out at the front door and 10 signs marking the Kid Zone exhibits.

Judy Bowman, administrator of the Museum, said the grant should boost attendance. “The addition of Kay-t’s Kid Zone should make the Museum more kid-friendly all around. When parents walk through the front door and pick up a Kid Zone brochure, they will know exactly what the Museum has to offer children. The brochure and signs will help everyone find the kid-friendly exhibits in the huge five-floor Museum.”

The Museum is located at 335 First Avenue Southwest in Le Mars. Admission is free, but free will donations are always welcome.