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Take a summer ‘road trip’ without leaving Tampa at Glazer museum

Parents and children can take a summer road trip without leaving town by visiting a new interactive exhibit, “Road Trip USA,” at the Glazer Children’s Museum.

Opening Saturday and on display through Aug. 10, the “trip” includes several additions and expansions of current educational play areas — each designed to celebrate the American tradition of vacationing by car.

“Guests can learn about famous landmarks, national parks and roadside attractions,” says Kimberly Duxbury, the Glazer Museum’s marketing and communications coordinator.

“We’ve created some creative installations on both levels of the museum,” Duxbury says.

For example, at one station, children can learn about national parks such as Yosemite and Grand Teton, as well as the Blue Ridge Parkway, and then build and name their own national parks.

The museum’s rock-climbing wall in the Get Moving exhibit on the second level will be transformed into a small version of Mount Rushmore, complete with the heads of four famous presidents.

In an exhibit inspired by offbeat roadside attractions, children will be encouraged to help the museum create its own attraction inspired by real world-record mammoth balls of twine, string and yarn in Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Texas.

Visitors also can learn about the United States interstate highway system, which made “road trips” possible.

On opening day, a vintage 1957 Chevy will be parked outside the museum in honor of the era of road trips, Duxbury said.

Another exhibit salutes Roswell, New Mexico, which became a tourist attraction after reports that a mysterious unidentified flying object had crashed in the general vicinity in the summer of 1947.

The exhibit asks: “Did aliens really did land in Roswell? Here’s your chance to decide for yourself! Travel to Roswell with your family and decide if what you smell, touch and see is real.”

Duxbury says the “road trip” experiences should appeal to children up to age 10.

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