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Museum event spurs children’s imagination

March 31, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Children dressed as mermaids, princesses, superheroes and even a journalist showed up for the fourth annual Florence County Museum Imagination Ball.

“We want this to be an event that is open to all kinds of creativity,” said Kimberly Washburn, curator of education at the Florence County Museum. “So we don’t only have art activities. Sometimes we try to have music activities and things that spark the imagination of children and families.”

Carly Campbell and her son Harrison dressed up as a rocket ship and alien together for the Imagination Ball.

Carly said her son always jokes with his grandmother that they’re going to go to space using his imagination.

Cora Lewis came to the Imagination Ball dressed as a paleontologist and even made a Tyranasarous Rex balloon animal.

Rose Lewis, Cora’s mother, said her daughter wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up.

During the ball, families could take part in 10 space-themed activities, including building a rocket ship, making galaxy slime and painting constellation watercolors.

Children received “Ron’s Big Mission,” which is a book about Florence County native and astronaut Ronald E. McNair. The book tells the story of how McNair became the first African-American to receive a library card in Lake City.

Washburn said the theme was chosen to match the theme of the book.

The Imagination Ball raises money for events at the Florence County Museum, such as family days.

The Eastern Carolina Pediatrics sponsored the 2019 Imagination Ball.