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    Laura Williams gets a photo of her grandson, Gabe Williams, 3, dancing on stage during the Masquerade Ball at Discovery Place KIDS.
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    The masquerade fun opened with dance and play for children at the Town Hall Stage.
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    Huntersville's Discovery Place KIDS celebrated its first birthday Friday, October 21st with Can Can's Masquerade Ball. The enchanted evening, for both children and adults, included dancing and play time at the Town Hall Stage, lantern making, masquerade mask making, puppetry, scarf juggling and more.
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    Discovery Place KIDS mascot Can Can makes an appearance at Discovery Place KIDS Masquerade Ball.
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    Discovery Place KIDS mascot Can Can makes an appearance at Discovery Place KIDS Masquerade Ball.
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    Hors d'oeuvres provided by La-tea-da's included Fall Parmesan Canape, Vertical Vegetable Crudites, Mini Pizzas, Oven Roasted Cheddar Corn Dip, and Stick Stack Sandwiches.
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    Flower arrangements included masquerade masks with a hand written note about scenes at Discovery Place KIDS.
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    Flower arrangements included masquerade masks with a hand written note about scenes at Discovery Place KIDS.
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    Hors d'oeuvres provided by La-tea-da's included Fall Parmesan Canape, Vertical Vegetable Crudites, Mini Pizzas, Oven Roasted Cheddar Corn Dip, and Stick Stack Sandwiches.
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    Carrie Rader, 3, rings up groceries for her parents Dr. Rachel and Dr. Dale Rader of Statesville. "We've been coming ever since the museum opened. This is a staple for her," said her mother.
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    Museum director, Barrett Long, welcomed guests with a birthday toast to Discovery Place KIDS and every one sang 'Happy Birthday' to Can Can, the museum's mascot.
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    (lft-rt) Jessica Bennett and Mark Lengyel, presenters for Discovery Place KIDS, let their creative spirits fly with a dazzling tap dance to Day-O and Taio Cruz's Dynamite.
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    Museum director, Barrett Long, welcomed guests with a birthday toast to Discovery Place KIDS and every one sang 'Happy Birthday' to Can Can, the museum's mascot.
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    (lft-rt) Jessica Bennett and Mark Lengyel, presenters for Discovery Place KIDS, let their creative spirits fly with a dazzling tap dance to Day-O and Taio Cruz's Dynamite.
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    The masquerade fun opened with dance and play for children at the Town Hall Stage. Family members watched while their young ones performed.
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    (lft-rt) Great-Grandmother Karin Williams, Mother Katie Williams, 3-year-old Gabe Williams, and Grandmother Laura Williams. "We love this place! We come here once sometimes twice a week with Gabe."
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    Princess Elizabeth, played by Lindsay Stewart (rt), helps some of the young attendees decorate masquerade masks.
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    A crew from Discovery Place KIDS gathers in the photo booth for fun photos by ShutterBooth.
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    Discovery Place KIDS Director Barrett Long and his wife Danielle Long.
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    Torrey and Kendra Kims come all the way from Ft. Mill to visit Discovery Place KIDS. Their son Stephen King, 7, spent some time exploring the submarine at Can Can's Masquerade Ball.

Discovery Place KIDS celebrates its first birthday

Posted: Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

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Laura Mueller

Laura Mueller

Lake Norman resident Laura Mueller has been a photojournalist for more than 25 years, doing work for The Charlotte Observer, The Duke Endowment, Lake Norman Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Post and many other publications. Her many awards have included being named NC Press Photographer of the Year. Find her at www.lauramuellerphotography.com.

Gowns and glass slippers were not required, but many guests arrived in their masquerade best to celebrate the first birthday of Discovery Place KIDS. Can Can's Masquerade Ball, held Oct. 21 at the museum in downtown Huntersville, provided an evening of enchantment for all ages.

The masquerade fun opened with dance and play for children at the Town Hall Stage. Mark Lengyel and Jessica Bennett, presenters for Discovery Place KIDS, then let their creative spirits fly with a dazzling tap dance to Harry Belafonte's "Day-O" and Taio Cruz's "Dynamite." Museum director Barrett Long welcomed guests with a birthday toast to Discovery Place KIDS and everyone sang 'Happy Birthday' to Can Can, the museum's mascot.

As Can Can, Princess Elizabeth (Lindsay Stewart), and juggler Steve Langley mingled with the crowd, the youngest attendees decorated masquerade masks, made lanterns, learned to juggle, had puppet shows and built a castle for Can Can.

Carrie Rader, 3, seized the opportunity to ring up groceries in the Town Market for her parents, doctors Rachel and Dale Rader of Statesville. "We've been coming ever since the museum opened. This is a staple for her," said Rachel Rader. "She even went to the fairies camp over the summer."

Family hosts for the event - Dancing Jugglers and Fancy Feathers - included Allen, Bragg, Cosgrove, Dunaway, Gazzaway, Griffin, McGoldrick, Thommen, and Perri families, whose support made the evening possible. Heavy hors d'oeuvres were partially provided by La-tea-da's.

Proceeds from the fundraiser help to support the ongoing educational programming provided at the museum. The regional children's museum has had more than 215,000 visitors since its opening.

A fringe benefit enjoyed by all included full run of the Museum, for one magical evening it all belonged to the guests at Can Can's Masquerade Ball.

More: Click here to read Lake Norman Magazine's story about the opening of Discovery Place KIDS in fall 2010!

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