SCHENECTADY COUNTY: Schenectady Museum caters to families

Barbara Hodge from Greenfield visited the museum with her two daughters. She said, "I'm 44 and still learning. Today I learned that Silly Putty was manufactured in the area." Hodge said her husband is an inventor, and she couldn't wait to take him back to the museum to see the neat stuff.

Kasey Hodge, 9, took part in the day's activity about physics. The children made pinwheels that, when spun, showed a worm crawling a lot like a primitive cartoon.

"This is a really fun place," Kasey Hodge said. "There is a lot to do."

The Hodges came to the museum to see a planetarium show, but even with the extended schedule, the shows were sold out. The Hodges said they weren't too disappointed because they had plenty to do at the museum to fill their day.

The museum's feature exhibit really came to life with 3-D glasses. The gallery of pictures was extremely popular. The children enjoyed the 3-D movie that was playing and adults enjoyed the photographs that popped off the page and created a life like image.

David and Jenelle Anderson, from Glenville, brought their three children to the museum to see a planetarium show, but since it was sold out, were passing time in the 3-D exhibit.

David Anderson said he enjoys the museum because he works for General Electric, and many of the exhibits are about the company. Jenelle Anderson said her family comes to the museum a lot.

"It's a quick trip, and we like to see all the new stuff," she said.

The museum's director of communications and marketing, Erin Breslin, said the museum is in the business of marketing to families.

"That includes everyone from grandparents to very young children to teenagers and every age group in between," Breslin said.

Breslin said the museum is changing its image to become a more hands-on place. Many of the new exhibits, including Power House, give children the chance to play while learning. Breslin said the museum likes "hands-on, brains-on" activities.

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