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Free: Double-bonus Saturday in Sandusky

Register • May 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Free admission to area museums happens Saturday across Erie County and to the annual KidsFest at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion should make for a hopping busy weekend in Sandusky.

Eight museums and organizations in Sandusky, Perkins Township and Milan will participate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Organizers at each have promised free admission and special activities for kids, said Maggie Marconi, administrator of the Sandusky Library’s Follett House Museum.

The Sandusky locations are the Follett House; the Maritime Museum of Sandusky; the Merry-Go-Round Museum; the Sandusky Underground Railroad Education Center; and The Eleutheros Cooke House. 

The other museums participating are: Maritime Museum of Sandusky, 125 Meigs St.; Merry-Go-Round Museum, 310 Jackson St.; Follett House Museum, 404 Wayne St.; Underground Railroad Education Center (11 a.m. and noon trolley tours at the Maritime Museum, but call the Maritime Museum at 419-624-0274 to reserve a seat); Cooke House State Memorial, 1415 Columbus Ave.; Ohio Veterans Home Museum, I.F. Mack Memorial Building, 3416 Columbus Ave., Perkins Township; Milan Historical Museum, 10 S. Edison Drive, Milan; and Edison Birthplace Museum, 9 N. Edison Drive, Milan

Want to go?

What: International Museum Day, with eight local museums participating

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Cost: Free. Reservations are required for the Underground Railroad Tour.

Meanwhile, one of the area’s largest kid-friendly events — the annual KidsFest Safety Fair and Fun Festival — begins at noon Saturday at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion, right next to the Maritime Museum in Sandusky.

More than 50 health and safety agencies will feature exhibits at the event, providing information and hands-on activities for children.

New this year is the Ultimate Video Game Party truck and a pitching cage sponsored by Sandusky High School’s softball team.

The event will also feature its classic attractions, including food vendors, inflatable bounce houses, slides, bubbles, games, arts and crafts and face painting. Several characters will also be available for photo opportunities.

More than 100 volunteers make KidsFest happen each year, including individuals and organizations, volunteer coordinator Sherrie Waddington said.

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