CHARLESTON, W.Va. - More than 1,000 visitors stopped by The Clay Center on Sunday afternoon to help mark a pair of important birthdays.
This year's Summer Fun Day, which invited the public to tour the exhibits and attractions free of charge, was part of the museum's 10th anniversary celebration and the 75th anniversary of one of its partners, The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
After making their way through the museum's galleries, taking in a film or planetarium show or participating in some hands-on activities visitors were invited to share a slice of a slice free birthday cake served up in the lobby.
Kelli Marakovits, marketing coordinator for the Clay Center, said with the children, the day's most popular attraction wasn't the cake, but the free red balloons being given away out front.
"Everyone seems to want one," she said. "They're a pretty big hit."
Leann Dickens, public relations specialist for the Clay Center, said the event was representative of the museum's mission to serve the public.
"This is a great celebration of providing cultural experiences to people of all ages, of all backgrounds, from all over the state," she said. "The Clay Center is a place where families learn together and where they play together."
For musically inclined visitors, the orchestra had a "musical petting zoo" set up. Anyone interested in getting their hands on a musical instrument could stop by their table and try one on for size.