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Downtown Wilmington brewery sponsoring free admission to Children’s Museum

The damage from Hurricane Florence has the potential to take a serious toll on children; one downtown businessman remembered his own experience with another devastating storm and decided to try and help.

Front Street Brewery is sponsoring 250 free tickets to the Children's Museum of Wilmington. (Port City Daily photo | Courtesy Ellie Craig)
Front Street Brewery is sponsoring 250 free tickets to the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. (Port City Daily photo | Courtesy Ellie Craig)

WILMINGTON — With widespread damage to homes and schools closed for over two weeks now, it’s no surprise that children – and parents – might be feeling the lasting impact of Hurricane Florence.

For Tom Harris, owner of Front Street Brewery, the destruction reminded him of the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel, the devastating 1954 Category 4 storm that he witnessed as at the age of three-and-a-half.

“I know firsthand the powerful impact that seeing widespread hurricane devastation has on young people children,” Harris said. “It’s important to help kids get back to the wonder and joy of simply being kids and not worrying about a natural disaster.”

Harris said he reached out to the Children’s Museum, in downtown Wilmington, to sponsor 250 free admissions this Saturday, paid for by Front Street Brewery. The Children’s Museum, a non-profit organization, has four floors and 17,000 square feet of fun and hands-on exhibits; its mission is to educate and inspire imaginative, independent thinking through hands-on science, math, and art experiences.

The tickets are first-come, first-serve on Saturday, September 29, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Regular tickets are $9.75 for adults and children.

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington is located at 116 Orange St. You can find more information at the museum website.

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