Boot camp for your kids' stuffed animals

Created: March 10, 2020 09:50 AM

It's time to send your stuffies to boot camp.  It's an experience like no other at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.  


It's happening on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.

Dustin Heckman, the Executive Director at the Bong Center, said it's a great way for kids to learn about history and have fun at the same time. 

"You would come on Friday during the enlistment period, you would drop off your stuffie with us, we'll make a little custom dog tag for it so you make sure you get your stuffie back," Heckman said.  "From there, there's different activities the kids can do, some coloring pages, there's a little craft activity, and kind of do a preliminary walk through the museum."

The hardest part could be leaving the stuffed animal for the night.  Overnight, the stuffies will go through boot camp and then the kids will get to see what they did.

"Getting that exposure and just introducing them to the center a little bit and what we have to offer in the hopes that they'll come back," Heckman said.  "That's part of day two, you can come back and go with your stuffie through the whole museum."

It's geared toward pre-k through third graders, but anyone can participate.

Stuffie Boot Camp is happening on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.  You can register to participate at their website. It costs $10.

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