Families turn out in droves for season-opening celebration

By Brad Horn

Families of all ages – including many young visitors making their first trip to Cooperstown – packed the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum early Saturday morning, as the Museum hosted its annual “Family Day” Celebration to coincide with the start of the 2011 baseball season.

With a full-day of educational hands-on learning programs, musical entertainment, special artifact spotlights, a live connection with the Louisville Slugger Museum to show how a bat is made and many other family friendly programs, visitors to the Hall of Fame were treated to a more than just a walk through baseball history on Saturday. Baseball’s past and present came alive as the Museum was transformed into a vibrant learning center.

The morning began with a presentation on the Science of Baseball, as young visitors demonstrated the location of the “sweet spot” on a bat, learned why a curveball curves and heard from Museum Programs Manager Stephen Light on why the baseball travels farther in Denver at the Colorado Rockies ballpark than other locations.

Musical entertainment was provided by Will Walker and Tom Baron — who shared baseball-themed songs for fans in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery — while fans of all ages made baseball pennants all morning and afternoon in the Hall of Fame’s new Learning Center.

Trivia, artifact spotlights, an interactive journey through ballparks and additional musical performances on are tap at the Hall of Fame this afternoon.  Open until 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. everyday between now and Memorial Day Weekend, the Hall of Fame is the perfect way to spend a spring day.

Baseball has returned. Now it is time for you to delve deeper into baseball’s history.

Brad Horn is the senior director of communications and education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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