The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Latest News

October 27, 2013

Event combines Halloween, history

JOHNSTOWN — Treat-bag toting pirates, princesses and even a pint-sized dinosaur roamed Johnstown’s Heritage Discovery Center on Sunday.

Costumed kids got a hands-on look at the center’s children museum, while filling their bags with crafts, treats – and hopefully, a little knowledge about the area’s history, organizers of this year’s Halloween at the Children’s Museum said.

“The idea was to let them have fun while learning at the same time,” said Jayme Brooks, assistant director of visitors services for the Heritage Discovery Center in Cambria City.

“That’s what the Children’s Museum is all about – discovery learning.”

Dozens of costume-clad kids took advantage of the opportunity Sunday, exploring interactive exhibits like the Steel Mill and the Inclimber, which included an “underground city” coal mine and a controllable hillside inclined plane.

“The slide was my favorite. It twists,” said Molly Lazzari, 5, of Johnstown, referring to the Inclimber’s coal chute.

Dressed as Clara Barton, she put down her medical pouch to reach into a treat bag filled with chips and crafts like a mouse mask.

Brooks said museum staff featured oftentimes “creepy” creatures like rats, bats and snakes for this year’s theme.

“We wanted to show the kids that animals like these can be helpful animals, too,” she said. Coal miners, for example, could often detect signs of underground dangers by observing rats, Brooks said.

Behind her, James Audi, 4, dressed as a dragon, had just finished attaching whiskers to his mouse mask.

Next door, Logan Manges, 4, fished in his dinosaur costume, trying to catch paper versions of trout and other native fish.

“Everything here is so nice.

“It’s so interactive for these kids,” said Vivian Urban, whose granddaughter, Vayda Urban, 3, was one of about 40 costumed kids at the event.

Students from Mount Aloysius College and the University of Pittsburgh at Johns-

town served as volunteers, Brooks said.

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tddavidhurst.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
  • LCB Wine1a Does state know when to say when?

    Booze sales on Sunday have proven so popular the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is breaking a state law limiting how many stores the system can operate on the first day of the week.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • mccord Gubernatorial hopeful wins mayor’s support

    Gubernatorial candidate Rob McCord has received an endorsement from Johnstown’s highest-ranking elected official.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • reading night ‘Story Laboratory’ stirs kids’ interest in reading, science

    Mad scientists and Dr. Seuss characters were the stars Thursday as Conemaugh Township Area children helped concoct mysterious potions that bend the laws of physics and learned how french fries can drive you to work.

    April 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Republicans tout ‘right’ credentials

    All three Republican Party candidates in Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District race attempted to distinguish themselves as the person conservative enough to represent the state’s most conservative district in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday night.

    April 24, 2014

  • elder abuse 1 Calling attention to elder abuse

    As far as states with the oldest populations go, Pennsylvania hovers near the top, depending on which statistical report you read. Along with an ever-growing elderly demographic comes more instances of seniors being abused or cheated out of money.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cambria adds security to thwart copper thefts

    Would-be copper thieves, be warned: Anyone trying to steal copper wiring from any of the 17 towers that make up Cambria County’s 911 communications system will be caught on camera.

    April 24, 2014

  • Commissioners praise response to bomb threat

    Two days after a bomb threat closed the Cambria County Courthouse for half a day, officials handed out accolades to those who pulled off an efficient search and quick apprehension of the alleged perpetrator.

    April 24, 2014

  • Black fly program to target river corridor

    The Cambria County commissioners Thursday entered into an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that opens the door for the state to provide black fly suppression spraying.

    April 24, 2014

  • Inmate faces sex charges

    An Altoona man was charged with rape after authorities accused him of sexually assaulting another man while both were inmates at the Cambria County Prison.

    April 24, 2014

  • Garage collapses hours after vehicle rammed structure

    No one was hurt when a garage collapsed Thursday afternoon in the Oakland section of Stonycreek Township, Cambria County.

    April 24, 2014

Poll

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
Order Photos


Photo Slideshow

House Ads