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Duke Energy awards KidSenses Children’s Museum $25,000 grant in support of new “Fantastic Friday’s” free admission days


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Dec. 18, 2014

Duke Energy awards KidSenses Children’s Museum $25,000 grant in support of new “Fantastic Friday’s” free admission days

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. – Today, KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum announced the award of a $25,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation for its new “Fantastic Friday’s” free admission program. This grant will enable the museum to provide free admission on special Fridays each month throughout 2015. Starting Jan. 9, KidSenses will welcome all visitors, free of charge, to visit the museum from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The museum will be free the first Friday of each following month throughout the year.

On each “Fantastic Friday” all visitors will be able to participate in free, fun, exciting hands-on learning programs about science and energy. Programs will focus on the theme of renewable energy.

  • Watt’s Current? will introduce children to the basic principles of electricity, by having them participate in a fun, interactive, life-sized circuit activity.
  • Power it Up will introduce children to the different ways that electricity is generated, and help them discover how energy makes its way to their home.
  • Energy Quest will introduce children to machinery that is used to generate electricity.
  • Working together in small groups, children will build Squishy Circuits using conductive play dough. The Squishy Circuits will power LED’s, fans, motors and speakers.
  • Children will also construct fully functional miniature Wind Turbines.

These programs will take place throughout the day, led by the museum’s talented informal science educators.

Willard Whitson, executive director, KidSenses Children’s Museum, said, “We are very grateful to Duke Energy for making this important program possible. This generous gift helps ensure that access to KidSenses Museum is available to everyone. Both Duke Energy and KidSenses are committed to improving the lives of families in our region. This program will introduce the museum to new audiences and provide information about sustainable energy production and use.”

“The KidSenses Museum is such an asset for Downtown Rutherfordton and all of Rutherford County,” said Craig DeBrew, Duke Energy’s district manager for Rutherford County. “Duke Energy is proud to support the Fantastic Fridays Program and we urge families from across the region to take advantage of this wonderful hands-on learning experience.”

Having recently celebrated its tenth year of operation, KidSenses Children’s Museum has reached over a half-million individuals during the last decade. Over 35,000 children experience our dynamic outreach programs each year.

The “Fantastic Fridays” free admission program is entirely funded by a grant from Duke Energy.

About KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum

KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum is located at 172 N. Main Street, Rutherfordton. Museum Hours are Monday-Thursday and Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday. General admission price is $5 per person and $3 for seniors 55 and up. Active military are $4. For more information on field trips, birthday parties, annual memberships, outreach programs and more, call (828) 286-2120, visit or like KidSenses on Facebook®.

About Duke Energy Foundation

Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Duke Energy Foundation invests $25 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation and how to apply for grant funding, visit

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