‘Turtle Travels’ exhibit opens May 24 at Center for Cultural Arts

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Imagination Place in the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts is excited to open a brand new 3,000 square foot expansion with Turtle Travels, an interactive children’s exhibit that will allow visitors to experience “life in the slow lane.”

Children will follow turtle footprints on a life-size board game to find out firsthand what it’s like to be a turtle facing challenges from habitat fragmentation, “subsidized predators,” and the international pet trade.

Visitors will watch Crittercam video footage from a swimming loggerhead sea turtle, explore turtle anatomy, get nose-to-beak with turtles in the crawl-under aquatic tank, and learn to be a turtle tracker. Exhibit admission includes all-day access to Turtle Travels, KidsTown USA in Imagination Place Children’s Museum, and the Hardin Center’s art exhibits. The Center invites everyone to come out of their shells and enjoy spending time with the turtles. Visitors can even pose with a turtle shell on their back for photographs.

Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for children. Admission is free for center members. Turtle Travels is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 2, will be open on Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The expansion at Imagination Place gives not only more room for exhibits such as Turtle Travels, it provides two new birthday party rooms, giving more space for special parties for children.

For more information about exhibits at the Mary G. Hardin Center for the Cultural Arts, or becoming a member of the center, call 256-543-2787 or visit www.culturalarts.org.

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