No wallowing! Mud Day good, clean fun

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- One way to stay cool on a hot day like this, get a little wet... even if the water is a little muddy.

Or make that, really muddy.

Today, children got messy at the Wilmington Children's Museum. Mud Day brought out the big kids, and even the itty bitty ones.

"I want to try to get my whole body filled, uh, muddy. Except for my hair," Talon Schmidt said.

Children got to explore magic mud, which was a white gooey substance, make mud pies and create mud paintings, even using their own body as a canvas.

"With me getting to paint myself, I love to paint," Kinsey Smith said. "It's more fun when you're painting with mud!"

If you missed it today, no worries. Mud Day continues tomorrow at the Museum from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. It gets pretty dirty out there. Make sure your child wears a bathing suit and has a change of clothes.

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Was there some educational goal in having kids sit in mud? What was the learning objective of this exercise?

BTW, we had lots of free mud on Saturday afternoon.

Great Job, Children's Museum, for having a mud play opportunity for children. Many of us grew up playing in creeks, streams, making mudpies and exploring nature outdoors. Today's children are attached to screens, either in handheld games, computer screens or tv screens. And, 30% of North Carolina's children up to age 18 are obese. More mud play, outdoor time, and play time in nature reduces obesity, encourages creativity and nurtures a child's soul.