Children's museum opens Saturday

The McKenna HealthLink, children's Museum and Events Center opens Saturday, April 1, providing a new family resource for Texas Hill Country residents and combining compelling educational exhibits in a world-class children's museum with community healthcare outreach programs.

The grand opening events include a "family day" with the children's museum opening at 10 a.m. featuring Flumpa and Friends' "Science Rocks!" live show. Wendy Whitten, the Singing Scientist, award-winning performer, singer, songwriter, author and real scientist, and Flumpa the tree frog will perform at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Following the family day celebration, a black tie evening gala event is schedule for 7 p.m. in the new Events Center, which is part of the campus.

The McKenna Children's Museum will offer multicultural programming for children ages 13 and younger and their families in New Braunfels and neighboring communities. With 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space, it is one of the largest children's museums in Texas.

"It is a world-class museum with a hometown feel," said Jennifer Malatek, McKenna's Chief Development Officer. "We want families to share meaningful learning experiences so we integrated Hill Country themes that enable children to explore not only the world beyond their horizons, but also the one in their own backyard. In addition to the early childhood development emphasis, we built in fun and educational features that also support McKenna's community healthcare outreach and education programs."

The public is invited to visit the $11.2 million facility located at 801 West San Antonio Street in New Braunfels. For more information on the museum, call (830) 620-0939, or visit the website at

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