If you’ve got children, you know the appeal of climbing through a fire truck, getting outfitted in the gear and letting imagination take hold. Now, at the Calgary Public Library, kids can take part in the new interactive display, donated by the Calgary Fire Department.
The New Adventures of Engine 23 exhibit will feature Engine 23, a decommissioned, 12-foot tall fire truck to the Calgary Public library downtown (616 Macleod Trail SE). Kids can play on board the fire truck, exploring the space through play.
“When children pretend they are racing to the scene of a fire atop Engine 23, they are actually building the ‘wiring’ and connections in their brains that help with learning to read. And reading opens doors to all the world has to offer.”
Drop in storytimes are planned where kids can learn fire safety tips, take part in special programming and have even more reasons to enjoy the space.
Admission to the Calgary Public Library fire truck exhibit are free, and so are library cards. You can enjoy the fire truck in the space until 2018 so if you don’t make it there on a hot summer day in Calgary, you’ve got lots of time to explore.
Image credit: Calgary Public Library