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Marbles is contemplating school year programs, seeks local family needs in survey

Marbles Kids Museum wants to know how it can best serve kids, parents and families as an uncertain school year begins.

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Marbles Kids Museum
Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
, Go Ask Mom editor
RALEIGH, N.C. — Marbles Kids Museum wants to know how it can best serve kids, parents and families as an uncertain school year begins.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, most schools across the region will be opening entirely virtually or on a hybrid schedule that includes both online and in-person instruction. On Monday evening, Marbles sent out an email to its members, former members, camp parents and fans with a survey to understand how the downtown Raleigh museum can be helpful.

"As school reopening evolves over the 2020-2021 school year, Marbles is committed to supporting you and your child with educational programs, play-based learning, and safe opportunities for social interaction," the email says.

The survey asks families what kind of school their children will attend and whether they'd be interested in signing up their kids for a week-long day camp that would include remote learning support.

Sarah Brown, Marbles' director of marketing, said museum leaders are looking for guidance from the community on what they need as they contemplate what to offer.

"Marbles is committed to serving families and children during this evolving time," Brown said. "We are looking at a wide range of options for the 2020-2021 school year and we are looking for input from parents on what would be most helpful."

With other museums across the state, Marbles closed down in March to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. It has been able to hold limited in-person camps this summer and is also offering a variety of virtual activities for kids.
Exactly when the popular museum will reopen, however, is up in the air. Unlike the Museum of Life and Science, which has reopened most of its extensive outdoor exhibits to a limited number of people each day, most of Marbles' exhibits are indoors.
"Marbles will continue to adhere to government regulations and CDC public health guidelines and while we are able to be open for small group camps, we are not currently open for public visitation," Brown said. "We will continue to bring families Marbles To Go videos, activities and tips through our website and on our social media channels."
To let Marbles know what school year programs will be helpful for your family, take the School Year Programs Survey.


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