BEND, OR -- The Children's Museum of Central Oregon will hold four pop up events over the next several months, each showcasing different ways we move around. The first is this weekend at the Riverhouse Convention Center, in Bend. Executive Director Kayla Wopschall says Saturday's event is focused on waterways, including an interactive water wall where kids can construct combinations of tubes and funnels to direct water. "How we move through water, the science of water, the art of water, it's all really focused around that overarching theme." She adds, "It's kind of like an indoor festival. It's a free choice space, you come with your kiddos and you do the activities that look exciting to you."
The Children's Museum has been popping up all over Central Oregon for the last few years. They are mostly for kids aged three to 11, but Wopschall says everyone can find something fun to do and learn, "The whole point of the space is to create this environment where kids feel really comfortable experimenting, and learning about the world through that experimentation."
Saturday's event is its first in the latest series; others are scheduled for January, February and March. "Since we don't have a physical building yet, we run these events," Wopschall tells KBND News, "Our whole goal is to have a day where families can come together, at no charge, and they can have these science, art experiences." They are raising money for a permanent location. "The Discovery Center, it's going to have a children's theater, several art rooms where it's really open and creative play, a whole science wing, kind of like a mini OMSI."
Saturday's pop-up event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Riverhouse. It is free and open to the public.