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PORTLAND (WGME) — The Children’ s Museum and Theatre of Maine wanted to make better use of its backyard space, and worked with Maine author Chris Van Dusen to help his popular children’s book, “Down to the Sea” come to life.
The museum was looking to create a natural, relaxed space, while encouraging kids to have a similar adventure as Mr. Magee and his dog, who get lost at sea, but come home safely.
“We thought that was a very good fit for us, because everything here is about coming out, taking risks and then being able to go home safe and sound,” Deputy Director Lucia Stancioff, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, said.
Director of Exhibits Chris Sullivan, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, added: “We find that the role play piece is really important in terms of early childhood development and their sort of literacy learning and empathy and the sort of great problem solving things like that.”
The author helped design the exhibit, which allows kids to explore, read and pretend.