While some kids traveled to the beach this summer, others chose to explore in a different way. Museums in Steuben County say attendance was up this summer. YNN's Crystal Cranmore has more on why more vacationers spent their holiday weekend indoors.
CORNING, N.Y. -- With warm temperatures outside, thousands of tourists chose to spend their Labor Day weekend at local museums like the Corning Museum of Glass.
Dominic Johnson, who is visiting from Endicott, said one of his favorite exhibits is, “Probably the magnifying exhibit over here, that's pretty cool.”
Museums in Steuben County say they saw record numbers in attendance this season. The Museum of Glass saw at least 4,000 visitors July 4th and Memorial Day weekend. They anticipate a similar turnout this holiday weekend.
“I think families are always looking for something new to do. It's fun to be at the beach, but it’s also fun to learn something,” said Yvette Sterbenk, Senior Manager of CMOG Communications.
The museum says they're seeing more school-aged children coming to the museum during the summer months. They have a variety of kid-friendly activities, including a make your own glass exhibit.
Parents say it's important to extend education outside the classroom.
“It’s great because there’s a lot of science involved here and the kids are very interested in what they've seen so far. And it’s a good thing for them to see and learn about,” said Suzanne Yula, a parent visiting from New Jersey with her kids.
“We have statistics that prove that test scores are improved with an integrated approach to learning,” said Cindy Weakland, Public Programs Director for Rockwell Museum.
The Rockwell Museum's popular National Geographic exhibit attracted thousands this summer. According to Weakland, it's rare to see western art in Upstate New York. The museum also offers several hands-on activities like the Alley Art program.
“The work that we do supports their learning; they do writing and drawing activities. There is math, science, it's all inherent in a piece of artwork,” said Weakland.
With fall right around the corner, museums don't expect a dip in attendance. They say they are working at full speed to implement new exhibits into local schools' curriculum. The Rockwell Museum's Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary opens in October.