The Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum celebrates it’s ninth anniversary on Monday.
They’re working to build a brand new exhibit—3-2-1 Blast Off, after years of growing and expanding the museum.
Executive Director Lisa Phelps describes the finished exhibit as a trip through outer space for kids.
“It’s over 19 feet wide and over 30 feet high, so as they move up through, it’ll look like they’re moving through the atmosphere,” Phelps said. “They’ll start at ground level and then they will be up in the clouds with the birds and then they will eventually get to the darkness of outer space.”
The climber portion is set to be installed in February, but they still have lots of fundraising to go.
“We have raised $189,000 for that exhibit, we have $74,000 more to go,” Phelps said.
Event and Marketing Director Madison Bazzett says in the meantime, kids can look forward to other things, like the museum’s birthday party on Dec. 27th and another surprise at the end of the month.
“We’re having a kids masquerade gala on New Year’s Eve from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m,” Bazzett said. “We’ll be doing a balloon drop at 8 p.m. from the top of the barn, kind of simulating the ball drop.”
At a place for kids, the celebration is all for them.
“It will be a fun, little formal event because kids don’t really get to go out and do fun things like that, dress up with their parents, so that’s kind of the idea we had there,” Bazzett said.
If the new year promises anything, its progress on 3-2-1 Blast Off and new upgrades to come.
“There’s a lot on the wish list,” Phelps said. “We want to revamp the Luminary Lab, we want to do a Discovery Deck outdoor classroom, there’s just refurbishing we need to do.”
They are also welcoming donations to their Helping Hands Scholarship, which provides memberships to families in need.
To donate you can stop by the museum in person or visit their website .