International Museum Day has grown in the Sandusky area to eight participants, from four when participation in the international event began in 2007, said Maggie Marconi, administrator of the Sandusky Library Follett House Museum and the unofficial local coordinator for the event.
Maritime Museum of Sandusky in downtown Sandusky will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday — one hour earlier than the museum day’s official start time — and the museum’s gone all out to provide lots to see and do, said Annette Wells, the museum’s director.
Goodtime Lake Erie Island Cruises will offer free boat rides at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The museum will screen its Underground Railroad documentary at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., there will be a nautical flea market in the parking lot, the museum will have a booth with model boats at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion and Coastie the boat robot will drop by to promote boat safety, Wells said.
Follett House will dress up boys and girls in period clothing and take sepia-tone photos of them they can take home, Marconi said.
In addition, kids will be invited to make a buzz saw, a 19th century button and string game, and to make War of 1812 “Don’t Give Up the Ship” necklaces.
Here’s a look at the other locations:
•The Cooke-Dorn House will have a hula hoop contest at 3 p.m. with a prize for first place.
•The Erie County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee will offer children’s games at Sandusky Bay Pavilion.
•The Merry-Go-Round Museum will have a coloring activity and offer $1 carousel rides.
•Milan Historical Museum will invite kids to paint folk art pieces to be hung in a gallery.
•Edison Birthplace Museum will have free tours by costumed interpreters, science activities for kids and vintage kids’ games.
•Ohio Veterans Home Museum will show war movies and provide games for children.