Photo Focus: Children’s Museum Encourages Adult Play and Creativity

Patricia Welcome shows her creative side while playing with soap bubbles Saturday. (Photo by Xawntoia Franklin)

Gigantic soap bubbles made in the wind were one of the activities at the Children’s Museum of St. Croix, sold out second annual fundraiser May 11 at the St. Croix Tennis Club. According to board member Ellie Hirsh, the play stations were to demonstrate to adults how children can learn through playing.

One of the most popular creation stations was decorating plastic “Groucho” classes. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

The point of the event was to raise funds to find a permanent home for the seven-year-old program, started by Winifred “Oyoko” Loving and others. Decorating glasses with tiny plastic forms was one of the most popular games.

Volunteer Xawntoia Franklin explains how to win a prize at her fish pond. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

In addition to silent and live auction prizes, partygoers won prizes by participating in games. Auction items included original art, jewelry and a jug of tequila concocted and donated by Dan Ackroyd, well-known actor and part-time St. Croix resident.

Outside, budding artists lingered with paints and markers at the art table – also one of the children’s favorite activities. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)


Adults laughed and played just like kids who paint flambouyant bean pods in pre-school. Painting, coloring, crafting and other artistic activities are featured at the Children’s Museum pop-ups.

Party-goers take a break from play to build their own sundaes. (Photo by Patricia King)

Scattered among the games were tables laden with finger foods, cheese, vegetable and fruit plates and a pasta station. For dessert, an ice cream station featured build-your-own sundaes with fruit, nuts and chocolate.