Thursday, November 12, 2015

World of Little League Museum, WVIA Hosting Kids’ Day on Nov. 21

Photo Courtesy of World of Little League®
South Williamsport, Pa. (November 12, 2015) – On Saturday, Nov. 21, there will be something for children of all ages at the 11th Kids’ Day at the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store on Route 15 in South Williamsport, Pa.

Children, and adults accompanying them, have the opportunity to visit the museum at no cost between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the first 200 families will receive a special gift. Kids’ Day is hosted by WVIA Public Media and the Museum.

“WVIA is pleased to be part of Kids’ Day at the World of Little League Museum,” said Debby the WVIA Clubhouse Mom. “Like Little League, children are an important part of our audience and we are pleased to support an event sponsored by another organization that shares the same mission. It is an event we are looking forward to, and are happy to support as the host.”

One of the many activities for kids will be story time with Debby, the WVIA Clubhouse Mom. Curious George will assist Debby during story time and be available for pictures. Curious George will be interacting with visitors at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., with story times with Debby at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. WVIA also will host arts and crafts activities.

At 11 a.m. visitors will have the opportunity to meet with Sarah “Salty” Sands Ferguson, a former member of the Rockford Peaches of the All-American Girls Baseball League. The Peaches were featured in the 1992 movie, “A League of Their Own,” starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell. An exhibit about the women who played on the All-American Girls Baseball League is on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Ferguson was a right fielder and a catcher for the Peaches from 1953-1954. The league began in 1943 when several professional baseball executives started a league with women to keep baseball in the public eye during World War II. She was among nearly 600 women holding the distinction of playing during the 12 years of league.

Although she was born too early to have played Little League, Ferguson was a Little League coach. During her talk, girls and boys will have the opportunity to ask her questions about her experiences. She also will provide autographs.

As part of Kids’ Day, several activity stations will be throughout the museum, including the Williamsport Crosscutters and its prize wheel and Dewald Chiropractic, which will provide muscle tension tests.

Representatives of a number of non-profit organizations providing child-related services also will be in attendance. Northcentral Sight Services will provide eye screenings and information about protective sports eyewear, and STEP Inc., which has an early learning program, will offer a bean bag toss and information about its programs. Other participants are to include: Children’s Development Center, YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Macaroni Kid, March of Dimes, Mothers of Preschoolers, AWANA (Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed), 4-H of Lycoming County, and Little League.

Additionally, the Museum Store will offer a free vintage collector’s pin for store purchases more than $10, including clearance items.

For more information about 2015 Kids’ Day, contact Janice L. Ogurcak, World of Little League Museum Director of Public Programming and Outreach, at: 570-326-3607; jogurcak@LittleLeague.org. More information about the Museum can be found at LittleLeagueMuseum.org; or on Facebook, at: Facebook.com/LittleLeagueMuseum. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2015 World of Little League® Museum Kids’ Day Schedule

9 a.m. – Museum opens for set up

10 a.m. – Kids’ Day opens with free admission; special gift for first 200 families

10:30 a.m. – Meet and Greet with Curious George

11 a.m. – Meet Sarah “Salty” Ferguson, former member of the Rockford Peaches, All-American Girls Baseball League

Noon – Story time with Debby, the WVIA Clubhouse Mom

12:30 p.m. – Meet and Greet Curious George

1 p.m. – Story time with Debby, the WVIA Clubhouse Mom

1:30 p.m. – Meet and Greet with Curious George

2 p.m. – Kids’ Day events conclude

5 p.m. – Museum closes for day


About Little League®

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