"I'm going to the tree house!"
"I want to be a princess riding a horse!"
Three self-proclaimed pirates wearing eye patches, capes, gladiator helmets and shields are sailing the ship. One grabs the helm, looks to the others and shouts, "Are you going to help me!?"
These scenes were provided Thursday by children from Rock Hill's Open Arms Child Support Center, the first group to test out the new Main Street Children's Museum.
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Here's what you need to know about the museum, which opens today.
Five main attractions:
Children may climb or take the stairs into the Tree House, where they'll look out over the gift shop and the other exhibits and play with a miniature tree house and other toys.
In the Baby Pumpkin, parents and their infants will find plush toys and cubbies to sit in. Windows allow little ones to watch other children playing from the safety of the pumpkin.
In the Dress Up Vault, located inside the Castle, children role-play with costumes before mirrors and vanity lights.
In the Sailing Ship, children set sail, adjusting the sail, manning the helm, ringing a bell, climbing the net, among other activities.
The Train Table provides a play area with wooden building blocks and train sets.
Five museum facts:
The artworks of late local artist Vernon Grant, who created the famous Snap, Crackle, and Pop cereal characters, inspired the design for the museum.
Funding the museum was a collaborative effort by York County and the city of Rock Hill, which gave $450,000 each, and $300,000 in private donor funds. The museum was planned and developed by the Culture & Heritage Museums of York County.
Each day the props and costumes are cleaned on site.
The museum was designed for children 6 and younger as a place where creative play gives way to learning through interactive exhibits, role-playing, and audio and visual experiences.
The museum is housed in the former People's National Bank building on East Main Street. Many of the bank's architectural features, including the columns and the old bank vault, were left as is.
Five things to know before you visit:
What: Main Street Children's Museum, 133 E. Main Street, Rock Hill
Hours: Free admission during this weekend's ChristmasVille celebration for those holding reserved tickets: Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Regular hours beginning Tuesday, Dec. 7: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum will be closed on Mondays. For information about free tickets, call 803-327-6400
Admission: After ChristmasVille, $5 for ages 1 year and older (free for children younger than 1), $3 for CHM members and $3 per person for pre-booked groups of 15 or more.
Birthdays: Now booking parties beginning Jan. 1. Cost is $150 ($125 for CHM members) at Main Street Children's Museum. For inquiries, call 877-369-2290 or 803-329-2121, ext. 125
Toy store: Purchase a range of toys including wood block sets, costumes, books, stuffed animals and more.