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The Great Lakes Children’s Museum will open Let’s Go Sailing at a Noon opening ceremony on Saturday, March 21, 2015. “Let’s Go Sailing is the third in a series of four exhibits to be installed during this fiscal year,” says Michael Long, Executive Director. “The exhibit will use self-paced, hands-on exploration to allow guests to experience the fun and physics of sailing.” The exhibit is an example of collaboration across the Grand Traverse Bay area. After guests have had an opportunity to explore the subject through the exhibit, guests with an interest to explore further (on the water) will be linked to Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS).
“With this exhibit, we’re trying to pique interest and then suggest a way to learn more. We are excited because it helps us support and highlight the great work of another local organization working with kids and adults.” TACS volunteers will be manning a table at the grand opening to speak with anyone interested in pursuing sailing through their programs.
Let’s Go Sailing will be different from many children’s museum sailing exhibits which condense sailing to the downwind experience. Typically guests use hand-held fans to blow “boats” from one end of a table to the other – moving the “wind” to blow the “boat” around. Let’s Go Sailing will use a fixed wind. Guests will be able to sail with the wind – but they will also be challenged to experiment with sail and boat position to sail INTO the wind – experiencing Bernoulli’s principle in a hands-on way.
The Great Lakes Children’s Museum is located at 13240 S West Bay Shore Drive in Traverse City. In its 15th year, over 380,000 children and adults have explored hands-on learning and self-paced discovery through play. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 pm on Sundays. Admission is $6 per person age 2 to 100.