Mar. 14—HIGH POINT — An Americana-themed, double-decker carousel is the latest major attraction added to plans for the Nido and Mariana Qubein Children's Museum, the museum announced Friday.
Families can ride together and choose among chariots and such animals as horses, dolphins, alligators and seahorses, according to a press release. This two-story carousel will be able to carry 76 children and adults at a time.
The carousel will measure 40 feet tall with a finial crowning the top and will be one of the first exhibits guests see as they enter the museum grounds at 200 Montlieu Ave., with sparkling lights with music that will carry through the entire grounds.
The carousel will set the stage for visitors, said Jeremy Hiatt, a children's museum board member.
"They'll see they are in for more than an educational experience. Delight and fun lay ahead, too," he said.
The additional $1.2 million investment also will be able to operate independently for rentals and events. All of the carousel pieces will be handcrafted, with each figure taking nearly 100 hours to create. The carousel animals will all have movement.
Chance Rides Inc. of Wichita, Kansas, has begun construction of the carousel. This is the same company that High Point University and the city of High Point used to build the new train at City Lake Park in 2017.
The children's museum is scheduled to open this fall with more than 75,000 square feet of activity space on two floors with hands-on exhibits.
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