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Children can learn about City of Lewes' history at new Children's Discovery Center

Jan 28, 2019

There’s a new venue in Lewes for kids to learn, and have some fun while doing so.


The Children’s Discovery Center opened in December in the old Lewes Library.

And Lewes Historical Society executive director Mike DiPaolo says it’s an interactive chance for kids to learn about history.

“The exhibits are wonderful...hands-on and geared towards kids ages 3 to 11,” DiPaolo said.

The Lewes Historical Society manages the Discovery Center and DiPaolo says its home in the former library is a perfect fit.

“The Historical Society took over the building, which previously had housed the Lewes Public Library (111 Adams Ave.). And our Children’s Discovery Center is actually in the same room that the old children’s section of the Library was in. So it’s a great continuation of that use,” said DiPaolo.


DiPaolo says he hope children and families who come get a lot out of the experience.

“I think the short-term goal is that this will help with some immediate skills: reading, writing and creative play. But in the long-term, I hope that they - kids of every age, get a little better sense of Lewes’ history, the role Lewes played in the history of Delaware and a sense for history and why it’s important to preserve it and study it,” DiPaolo said.


DiPaolo says the Children’s Discovery Center was made possible, in part, by two large donations of $150,000 each from the Schell and Marshall family foundations.

The Children’s Discovery Center is free and open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.