Sandcastles museum receives grant from Great Lakes Energy People Fund

Visitors Lincoln Heyse, 19 months, and Emerson Walters, 3 years old, have fun on the Soft Play Zone at Sandcastles Children’s Museum. The exhibit was purchased through a grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund. (Courtesy photo)

LUDINGTON — Sandcastles Children’s Museum was chosen as a recipient of a grant from Great Lakes Energy People Fund.

The grant has allowed the museum to purchase a Soft Zone Tunnel Maze, an addition to the infant and toddler exhibits. The tunnel maze is geared especially for toddlers and babies just learning to crawl and pull themselves up. It includes tunnels, ramps and blocks to climb on, around and through. This new exhibit will be featured each week for Preschool Fridays when the museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Great Lakes Energy People Fund has supported the museum in many ways over the past several years. The museum received grants of varying amounts in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. The two largest grants supported the airplane exhibit and the renovation of the upper floor. The 2016 grant funded the purchase of KEVA planks, which have been a hit at Friday Night Live as well as in the museum.

Since parents like building with them too, they are a great draw for parent-child interaction. The 2017 grant funded Grandpa’s Little Barn, a sturdy little barn and animals located in a quiet spot where parents and grandparents often sit and play with younger children.

Sandcastles Children’s Museum would like to thank Great Lakes Energy and all of their customers who support the People Fund. The board of directors, executive director, manager and staff appreciates their partnership which allows them to enhance the educational impact of the museum for the children it serves.

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