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February 13, 2008 - Emily Dimov-Gottshall
Recently, I was at the Quaint Corner Children's Museum, located at 2000 Union Ave, volunteering and was surprised to see how much the director, Joliene McCulloch, had done to create a place for people to meet together and create a safe space for their kids to play. The museum, now an active area for kids (and reasonably priced at $3 per person or a 1 year family membership at $50), has grown from its roots and taken shape into a place kids can explore with their parents. There are 4 floors; starting from the 3rd floor which has a veterinarians office, grocery and building block zone; the second floor has a dance/costume/theater, restaurant, art room, science room and another hands-on room; the first floor which has a rentable room for parties and is also the game room, a tea room and an "old fashioned" lobby area; and the basement which has the biggest sand box probably in all of Altoona.
Kids of all ages will have something to do at the Museum and parents will want to join in the fun as the museum grows and changes with the care of volunteers and guidance of Mrs. McCulloch. Often, the museum is bursting with kids on Saturdays as these are nearly always booked solid for parties. A respite from the cold and harsh weather, the Quaint Corner is a nice break for parents with kids and a great place to be apart of the arts as well. Artists are welcome to display appropriate works. Some artists include Karen Special and Bells Run artwork and even some of my work of whimsical animal art. The museum has several large murals with dinosaurs, magical themes and animals. A great place to spend a few hours of quality time with the family and a great break from the doldrums of winter. Mrs. McCulloch is very grateful to her many volunteers and from several generous shops as well, in particular Weis Market  and Superpetz for donating displays, animal cages, and many other items.  
It is with regret I announce the closing of Albert Michaels Gallery and Gifts. This was a venture by Karen Special to make a community art gallery with a diverse collection of art from the craft arts to the more high brow. After 3 years, Mrs. Special wanted to pursue other projects and expand her own art line. I enjoyed volunteering and viewing all the art by so many wonderfully talented artists. The Albert Michaels gallery is still there with a narrower focus  and is available by appointment only.

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