Cheryl Falcone and her daughter Angelica are one of many parent child collaborations who stepped up efforts to help reopen the children's museum.
"It would be a shame to lose it, and we can't lose it in South Jersey, it's a legacy," says the Mays Landing Mother.
"I was just really sad, and my daughter started crying. We really wanted to just stand in front of the building when the wrecking ball came down," explains Falcone.
Formally housed in the Shore Mall, the museum had to close its doors when the mall shut down, disappointing a lot of kids in the area who grew up going to the museum.
"It means actually a lot to me, because I've been going there since I was 2 or 3, and I love that place. That's where I can make my imagination grow," explains the 11 year old. "Children when they go there, at such a young age, they're having like the times of their lives," she continues.
Which is why dozens of families filled the Atlantic Cape Community College theatre, to help raise funds for the museum's proposed new location and to hear some local talent at the first South Jersey junior idol competition.
"We thought it would be a great way to highlight some local talent, as well as raise funds so we can reopen the museum as soon as possible," says the Vice President of the Children's Museum Kelly LaVigna. "We don't really have the funds to start construction on the museum yet, we don't have the funds to market the museum yet, so it's a really good kick–start to get that campaign going," she continues.
Board members like President Matthew Gilliano are hoping doors will open at a new location by the end of the year, especially if fundraiser's like these continue to be a success.
"Today we live in a video world, kids get lost and they play their video games and parents do what they're going to do and go. And what that museum is all about is playing, interact and role playing, not just the kids themselves, but with their parents," says Gilliano.
Already having a building in mind at an undisclosed location, board members say that the new building will be double the size of the previous one, which means double the adventure.
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