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Learning can be noisy

Chelise Colson of Bremerton made a trip to Evergreen Park Sunday afternoon with a group of five children, some of whom were borrowed from a friend. On a regular day, the children would play on the playground or kick a soccer ball at the park. On this day, her swarm played the violin, banged on drums and took turns playing a flute and a clarinet.

“It’s a pretty good event,” Colson said. “It’s very interesting; they get to play the little instruments.”

Evergreen Park was a bit noisier than usual on Sunday afternoon as a steady stream of children and parents invaded to learn about music and fun. At any given time, there were dozens of folks visiting and playing at the KidsPort’s Children’s Museum’s new traveling exhibit, “Ping! Pop! Ka-boiiiing! Discover Sound.” The exhibit was from 3-6 p.m at the park, located at 1400 Park Ave.

The exhibit offered wind instruments, a drum display and — one of the more popular spots for the younger set — a display for children to hit pots and pans with a drum stick.

The KidsPort Children’s Museum is designed to be a hands-on learning experience for children. In the last 18 months, the museum has taught more than 500 children in classrooms around Kitsap County with its traveling exhibits. The event on Sunday was intended to raise awareness about the museum.

Colson appreciated the event because it gave her group a chance to blow off some steam and enjoy the last gasp of sunshine before autumn sets in.

“It gets them out of the house,” Colson said.

Volunteers with the museum are trying to find a permanent home in Bremerton for it, said Terri Gleich, president of KidsPort.

Amber James of Bremerton, who was sharing the group of children with Colson, said attending the event was a good chance to support KidsPort. She heard about the event through a flyer that one of her children’s teachers sent home.

If KidsPort had a permanent home, she said she would “definitely” take her children to it.

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