BRISTOL - Local families traveled to the New England Carousel Museum Sunday to give their young children their first exposures to carousels and participate in fall craft activities.
Faye Alfares, who oversaw the Family Sunday activities, said that the museum has a different craft each month for children to participate in.
This Sunday, they colored paper Jack O’ Lanterns, and decorated small pumpkins and gourds by gluing on rhinestones, pipe cleaners and other materials. However, the big draw for two visiting families was the museum’s working carousel.
While families with other children are invited to go on a 45-minute educational tour on the history of carousels, Alfares said, younger children often run right for the ride.
“For a lot of them, it is their first time on a carousel,” she said.
Omar Allam and his wife, Ariel, of Farmington, came to the museum for the first time with their two children, who are five and two years old. They declined to give their children’s names but said that they loved riding the carousel.
“This is a beautiful museum,” said Allam. “It is very impressive how much support that it receives from the community. I think it is great for the kids to have a chance to see the history behind the carousels as well.”
Ashley Rasmus watched as her two-and-a-half-year-old son Cooper created at the craft table – eagerly awaiting his chance on the carousel.
As the Allam family was finishing their rides, he ran for the bars surrounding the carousel and begged for a turn. His hopes were soon answered as the gates swung open to admit him. Little legs then raced for the raised platform as his eyes darted between colorfully painted horses.
“He gets so excited he doesn’t know what to do first,” said Rasmus.
She and her son then took their seats on the carousel bench and the ride began to go ‘round. No sooner had it finished, then Cooper was begging to go again and his mom was happy to grant him this.
“We just moved back to Bristol - I had forgotten all about this place,” said Rasmus. “This is a great place to bring the kids.”
The New England Carousel Museum is located at 95 Riverside Ave. For more information, call 860-585-5411 or visit thecarouselmuseum.org.
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