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Posted on: May 23, 2018

‘Kidville’ exhibit offers hands-on look at local government

Children look at an exhibit at the Cookeville History Museum.

COOKEVILLE – Local children have an opportunity to learn more about their city in “Kidville,” a new exhibit at the Cookeville History Museum.

Admission is free.

“‘Kidville’ is a hands-on look at some of the things the City of Cookeville provides for the community,” Pam Philpot, exhibit specialist, said. “By learning about how a city works, each child can become a good citizen and help contribute positively to the community."

Participants can design a city flag, volunteer at the “animal shelter,” pay their utility bill at “city hall,” dress as a firefighter, police officer or office worker, and learn more about how a city government works.

It's the history museum’s first bilingual exhibit, with informative panels in English and Spanish.

“We love the idea of connecting with more members of our community, and we feel this feature gives all of the children another opportunity for learning," Beth Thompson, Cookeville museums manager, said. 

“Kidville” continues through July 28.

“We love our summer kids’ exhibits,” Thompson said. “We hope to offer area families a free, fun activity for when those summer days seem to stretch out a bit too long.”

The Cookeville History Museum, located at 40 E. Broad St., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 520-5455.

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