The First State Children’s Gallery will offer a wide range of educational and entertainment “hands-on”
Highlighted by a 50-foot structure of a giant human, which children (and adults) can climb into and enjoy a 32-foot slide down the left leg, the gallery will offer activities for all ages, the release said. The Crawler’s Cove for infants and Fantasy Forest for toddlers will be located on the entry level with the landing area for the slide. The upper level will feature hands-on activities for older children including “Water Works,” which will have experiments with geysers and whirlpools for learning about the physical properties of liquids. Other activity stations on the upper level will include the human senses of sight and smell and an architectural section that allows creativity in building structures.
Jim Rippy, chairman of Discovery Park, said that he was delighted that First State would be a major sponsor. “We appreciate First State’s involvement with and support of Discovery Park. First State has been a leader in many ways throughout West Tennessee, and I’m happy that they will be an integral part of Discovery Park. This facility will be a huge asset for the region especially for the education of children and boosting the region’s economy through tourism. It’s very important that area businesses, individuals, and organizations embrace this regional asset as First State has done and take an active role in bringing this treasure to the region.”
Rippy added, “I think First State is an ideal model for other businesses and organizations that are considering involvement with Discovery Park. In addition to financial support, First State is providing in-kind services that we will need to serve thousands of visitors. They also plan to utilize marketing resources and involve their employees by occasionally working and volunteering at Discovery Park.”
John C. Clark, president and CEO, said that First State Bank was proud to be a part of Discovery Park. “Discovery Park will be a tremendous facility for both children and adults throughout this region. First State and our employees are very pleased to help create a portion of this venue by sponsoring the Children’s Gallery. I have no doubt that the Children’s Gallery will be enjoyed often by our employees and customers and their families. I think this is a rare opportunity for First State to help bring a remarkable asset and attraction to the region. In addition to supporting Discovery Park financially and with financial services, we also plan to find ways to get our employees involved with helping visitors enjoy this wonderful place. I strongly encourage other businesses to contact Discovery Park and see how they can assist in this extraordinary project.”
Discovery Park of America Inc. will be a $100 million educational complex with exhibits and interactive experiences in the areas of nature, science, technology, history and art. Discovery Park is expected to open in mid-2013. For more information, go to http://www.discoveryparkofamerica.com