Cleaning house and getting creative

Emma Parr, 9, of Roseland watches as volunteer Morgan
Lewis assembles a stegosaurus Thursday during craft day
at Hastings Museum.

When Hastings Museum staff members decided to clean out their storage closets Thursday, the resulting make-your-own craft event was a fun way for children to spend a day off school.

Russanne Erickson, the museum's curator of education, came up with the idea after noticing a lot of extra or leftover craft kits from previous educational programs lying around.

"They all started piling up and we said, 'Let's have a craft day with them,' " Erickson said. "It helps us clean out our storeroom and gives families a chance to come out, do a craft and explore the museum a little bit, too."

Jim and Mary Jeanne Cooke brought their three granddaughters to the museum Thursday not knowing that the crafting event was going on.

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