The Gilbert House Children’s Museum hosts its second annual Legacy of Play Day on Monday, February 19th, offering guests a day of free admission to explore 16 hands-on exhibits, with the addition of Discovery Booths and food trucks between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The event honors the legacy of Gilbert House Children’s Museum’s namesake A.C. Gilbert, a Salem-born scholar, inventor, Olympic athlete, entrepreneur, and magician. By offering a day of free admission, the museum hopes to strengthen a culture of innovation and play within the community.

“We are partnering with a number of organizations to offer fun, hands-on, family-oriented activities,” says Patricia McNab, Community Relations Coordinator at Gilbert House Children’s Museum.  “The list of participants this year includes PGE, Salem Clinic, Café Yumm, Girl Scouts of Oregon, Oregon Virtual Academy and more.  We are excited for this event to extend our mission of ‘inspiring children to learn through creative play.’”

As an added surprise for those in attendance, Gilbert House plans to unveil a new feature of the current All About Me exhibit, an exhibit which encourages children to explore health and medicine through hands-on pretend play.  At 10:30 a.m., guests are invited to gather for the release of an exhibit piece purchased from ScienceWorks Museum in Ashland, an effort sponsored by Willamette ENT.

“In an effort to educate the community about the function of the ear and how to keep our hearing healthy, Willamette ENT provided the funds to purchase the piece,” explains Exhibits & Facilities Coordinator Sierra Langford.  “We have been busy repainting the piece to coordinate with our beautiful ‘All About Me’ exhibit.”

In addition to outdoor Discovery Booth activities, Willamette ENT will host a booth offering free “swag” to guests, in celebration of the exhibit piece unveil.  Activities will run from 10 AM – 2 PM, with free museum admission until 5 PM.

Sponsors of the Legacy of Play Day include Portland General Electric, The City of Salem, Salem Clinic, and Café Yumm!