Children's Museum

Heidi Hagen, 10, works on an art project Wednesday at the Children's Museum at the Outlet Shoppes at Burlington. The next 7,000 square feet of exhibits is set to open before September. 

BURLINGTON — The next 7,000 square feet of the Children's Museum at the Outlet Shoppes at Burlington is set to open before September, museum executive director Cate Anderson said Wednesday.

The first 8,400 square feet of the museum opened in March in the new, larger space, following a move from the Cascade Mall.

During phase two of the project, the museum is rebuilding and adding new exhibits, with a focus on repurposing materials from the old location, Anderson said.

Exhibits include the Nordic tugboat, sandpit, crane, toddler farmyard, train, freshwater and saltwater tanks, fish and farmers markets, sound booth and theater, sensory room and more.

The museum is retiring its old semi-truck exhibit, and installing a new truck donated by PACCAR Technical Center, Anderson said. There will be a wheelchair-accessible ramp leading up to the truck

Anderson said the goal of the exhibit space is to reflect the local area and introduce kids to different jobs.

"It will be a great area for kids to play and learn," she said.

The 8,400 square feet that opened earlier this year includes an art room, reading area, preschool, kitchen, private breastfeeding and pumping room, conference room and more exhibits. A large room will be used for community training and events.

Anderson said one goal is to make the museum a center for early learning in the first 1,000 days of a child's life.

— Reporter Jacqueline Allison: jallison@skagitpublishing.com, 360-416-2145, Twitter: @Jacqueline_SVH

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