By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, an area museum is giving children a chance to learn about the history of the area, while having fun at the same time.
This will be the fourth year that the Capt. Bob's Historical Treasure Museum in Fort Pierce will host a children's fun day called "Little People's Place."
The event, taking place on Jan. 5, offers everything for free: admission, parking and lots of children's activities.
"All of the children are welcome," said "Capt." Bob Bouchlas, owner of Capt. Bob's Historical Treasure Museum. "It's quite nice, we have a lot of stuff for the kids."
For years, Mr. Bouchlas has owned a historical treasure museum to show residents a glimpse into why the area is known as the Treasure Coast.
As part of the day, children and their parents are given a tour of the museum, and a puppet show illustrates the adventures of "Capt. Bob."
But more than history will come alive on this special day. There will also be free pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, games and activities and plenty of food, donated by Guys Meats of Fort Pierce, with everything taking place at Capt. Bob's Historical Treasure Museum in Fort Pierce.
"We do it to put smiles on people's faces," said Anne Vesey, dean of St. Michael's Academy in West Palm Beach, which is sponsoring the event. "We're going to present coloring books for the children about shipwreck history."
In addition, volunteers from the community will assist with the event, which has grown bigger every year. There will even be a children's book given out, written by local author Jon Ward.
Last year, approximately 100 children came and enjoyed the day.
"I believe our children need support," Mr. Bouchlas said. "It's a great feeling to do this. When you're in a community, it's good to come together and give back."
Capt. Bob's Historical Museum is located at 101 Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce. Capt. Bob's Little People's Place will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the museum. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call (772) 465-2009.