ORILLIA – May 14 to 20 has been designated as Police Week in Ontario.
Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring children to the OPP Museum on Friday, May 19th from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm to help celebrate Police Week. During those hours Friends of The OPP Museum will be setting up special “drop in” activity tables for Parents and Kids. One table will be set up for colouring of supplied art work. Another table will let children help make OPP buttons of their choice. Finally, a special “try on a uniform” activity will be set up for all those kids wanting to dress up in a regular OPP police uniform. Special Guest for the day will be Provincial Constable Martin Hill, Community Safety Officer for Orillia who will be present from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon to meet with all children. All children visiting The OPP Museum on this day will also be eligible for a free draw of an OPP stuffed dog toy, compliments of the Friends of The OPP Museum.
The Kids Zone at The OPP Museum is open year round, free of charge, to all children accompanied by parents or guardians. The designated Museum Kid Zone includes activities like puzzle solving, creating Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head reconstructions, lego play table, puppet show and story reading areas. Gallery Displays also have numerous pull out drawers for children (and adults) to investigate the contents. A complementary “Gallery Guide” is available free of charge to all adults who wish to get “all the facts and only the facts” for each of the Museums 40 plus exhibits. In addition, six vintage police vehicles, including Temagami – Boat 1 from 1949, are all on display for viewing by the public.
The OPP Museum is open Monday to Friday (excluding Statutory Holidays) from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and admission is free to all the displays, exhibits and activities. The Off Duty Shop is also open all week and offers a wide range of products. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and all visitors aged 18 and over, are required to show identification when entering OPP General Headquarters, which is located at 777 Memorial Avenue in Orillia. For more information about the OPP, Friends of The OPP Museum or The OPP Museum, visit our websites at www.oppmuseumfriends.ca and www.opp.ca/museum