Shelton couple prepares to open museum for children

A proposed Connecticut children’s museum, to be called the Kidnetic Clubhouse, will host its first community fund-raiser, Parents’ Play Date on Saturday, April 25 at the Stone Barn at Whitney Farms Golf Course in Monroe.

The museum, planned for the area by Shelton residents Mark and Sheri Hatfield, is based on the concept of creative free-play and imagination.

With a focus of environmental sustainability, many of the exhibits — and even some parts of the museum — will be designed to be powered by children themselves with “Kidnetic” energy.

Pedal-powered Corsair exhibit

Funds raised at the Parents’ Play Date will support the museum’s first mobile kid-powered exhibit called the Kids’ Corsair.

The Kidnetic Clubhouse received a donation of a Corsair trainer cockpit from the Connecticut Air and Space Center. Mark Hatfield used that to design a child-sized Corsair that will employ a pedal-powered generator to turn on lights and sounds as youngsters pedal.

“This exhibit allows us to demonstrate to the public and supporters the types of kid-powered exhibits that we will feature once the museum is open,” Hatfield said.

The Kids’ Corsair exhibit is currently under construction at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield as class projects. Upon completion of the frame, the plane will mounted to a trailer and taken to events to raise awareness and funds for the museum.

The Corsair is the state airplane of Connecticut, built in nearby Stratford and used on naval ships during World War II and the Korean War.

Dinner, dancing, DJ, magic

The Parents’ Play Date is an adults-only evening with dinner, dancing, a DJ, open bar, table-side entertainment by Magic Moments, a silent auction and basket raffle.

Tickets are $75 per person or $140 per couple at or by sending name, address and a check to the Kidnetic Clubhouse, P.O. Box 2361, Shelton, CT 06484. Kidnetic Clubhouse is a nonprofit organization.