Students take short trip to great place to learn

By Chuck Fisher

Rutherfordton – Are you looking forward to summer and some of the small investments you can make in your children over summer break? Look no further! Barnardsville Elementary School recently traveled to KidSenses Children’s Interactive Museum in Rutherfordton for a very hands-on experience.
What began as one person’s dream, which, when shared with other creative minds in an exceptional community, grew and grew into a reality that has exceeded everyone’s expectations. Located in the heart of downtown Rutherfordton, NC, the building was initially constructed in 1927 and has been home to a car dealership and later a “Five and Dime” store before being refurbished as a completely hands-on environment for learning.
Since opening in 2004, KidSenses has welcomed more than 275,000 visitors to the 10,000-square-foot space, which features 12 different interactive exhibit areas, curriculum-based workshops for field trip groups, a 7,500-square-foot Children’s Garden (open seasonally), and unique opportunities to stimulate the imagination and educate the mind.
Principal Jason Miller at Barnardsville Elementary School said, “Field trips are a very important component of our curriculum. Field trips provide students with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to real-life experiences. All of our field trips are connected to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. We try to provide our students with opportunities that are relevant to their learning and provide enrichment to their lives.”
Just some of the things to do at the museum with your children are exploring the science and history of textiles at A Stitch In Time. Grab those youngsters and Follow the Alphabet Trail, and learn along the way. Excitement isn’t far away, jump aboard and visit an interactive fire station. Plan to spend the day and enjoy lunch on the main street and experience the old-town feel of Rutherfordton. For more information, visit

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Clint Parker

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