CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston’s Clay Center plans to open three new exhibits this weekend.
The Healthy Me, Water Works and the Maier Foundation Music Studio exhibits were unveiled to Overbrook Elementary School students on Wednesday.
A grand opening ceremony for the public is set for this Saturday at 10 a.m.
The new exhibits feature interactive exploration for kids of all ages in the areas of water, health and music.
Morgan Robinson, communications director at the Clay Center, said the goal is for kids to learn something while having fun.
“Inspiring kids to have new careers and have new topics of interest — that’s incredibly important for us. To keep our exhibits fresh, our programming fresh, that’s our key priority here, so we keep kids learning and having a great time doing it,” Robinson said.
The Healthy Me exhibit focuses on the human body in motion. It tests a person’s physical skills to help them learn why staying active is important. Kids will be able to to test their heart rates, test their balance and try to increase their skills at various sports.
Robinson said the Water Works exhibit is one students in the Kanawha Valley can relate to.
“Water Works focuses on harnessing the power of water. It really surrounds us here in the Kanawha Valley,so being able to see how a river works, lock and dam systems, build your own boat to float it down a replica of the Kanawha River really shows kids some of the career fields with engineering and aquatics,” she said.
The Music Studio exhibit is a place where visitors can make and explore music together.
“Students can mix their own music, make their own music, we’ve got a garage band area and everything makes some sort of sound,” Robinson said.
Local musicians Qiet, Company Stores and Peddlers Flory, as well as the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra are among the highlighted artists in the exhibit.
Clay Center donors are welcome to view the exhibits Wednesday night. A special preview will be open to Clay Center Medical Society members Thursday night. Early access is available for Clay Center members Friday at 2 p.m.