Bettendorf — On Friday, February 15, 2013, from 5:30-7:30 pm, the Family Museum will host a grand opening of Fox Hollow, the Town Square and Farm exhibit gallery, for Family Museum members and VIP guests. This invitation-only event celebrates the completion of Phase II of a $1.3 million renovation. Members of the media are welcome to attend, and they may bring members of their immediate families if they wish. The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, February 16.
There will be a ribbon cutting at 5:30 pm sharp with the assistance of our Honorary Mayor of the Day, Payton, age 5. Payton and five other area children were winners of a drawing at the Family Museum to choose a mayor and five ribbon cutters for the VIP event. Mayor and ribbon cutters may be available for interviews prior to gallery opening depending on parent approval. Media is welcome to arrive early.
The Family Museum has completely transformed the Museum galleries with Fox Hollow, a friendly community where visitors can chat with a neighbor, shop for groceries, work in a garden, play in a treehouse, or wave to the mail carrier. Fox Hollow includes familiar features of everyday life, such as park benches, a streetlight, a grocery store, and a fire engine. The new cityscape will include a Post Office, Fire Station, Shoe Store, Ice Cream Stand, Pizza Parlor, Vet Clinic, and Harvest Market. At each location a friendly face greets visitors to tell them a little bit about their job. Penny the Mail Carrier loves to meet people in her community on her mail route, Sal the Pizza Man enjoys making fresh pizza for families, and Farmer George encourages kids to pick produce and help take care of the farm animals.
In the center of the Town Square is a large interactive kinetic sculpture designed and built by KidZibits out of Minneapolis. Guests can maneuver metal balls through the use of hand cranks up to the top of the structure where the balls then travel down ramps, spirals, and curves as the balls roll and ding and hit obstacles.
The majority of the renovation was completed by Exhibit Concepts out of Vandalia, Ohio (near Dayton). A representative will be on hand to answer questions at the opening event.
Fox Hollow encourages children to interact with the environment and to learn through exploration and play. Fox Hollow is a reflection of the Quad City community with its friendly people, bountiful resources, and iconic river way. The Family Museum staff would like to thank the community that inspired Fox Hollow and made this renovation a reality.
This Family Museum renovation has been made possible through the generosity of the following organizations: City of Bettendorf, Scott County Board of Supervisors, State of Iowa – Vision Iowa CAT Grant, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, Scott County Regional Authority, Riverboat Development Authority, Modern Woodmen of America, Dorothea LeClair Bequest, Family Museum Foundation, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, 3M Foundation, Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, and Grainger.