Children’s Museum of the Sierra to hold carnival, open house Saturday

The Children’s Museum of the Sierra, a hands-on exploratorium in Oakhurst, is celebrating 16 years this weekend with an open-house and carnival.Admission to the museum will be free Saturday, June 15, and children will be able to explore all the exhibits and activities inside the museum. Popular exhibits include the public safety area, medical area, fossil dig, wildlife display among others.

Also on hand will be representatives from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office doing fingerprint ID kits for kids, as well as the California Highway Patrol giving information on proper child safety seat installation. Sierra Ambulance will be there as well, showing kids the inner workings of their apparatus. Participation in each of those activities will be free as well.

There will be additional activities set up outside including a balloon slingshot, face painting, spin-art and more. The additional activities can be enjoyed by purchasing tickets for $1 each. There will also be hamburgers and hot dogs grilled on site by volunteers for lunch.

“All proceeds raised from the outside activities will go right back to the museum to help keep it open,” said Jarrod Lyman, president of the museum’s Board of Directors. “Like most museums, we rely on fundraisers to cover operational costs and events such as this one help raise much-needed funds so we can continue to offer fun exhibits and exciting educational programs.”

“It will be a lot of fun, we’ve got a lot going on and much of it is free, so we hope a lot of people will come on up for the event,” said Steve Montalto, director of the Children’s Museum of the Sierra.

The museum is located at 49269 Golden Oak Drive in Oakhurst.

Details: (559) 658-5656.