Name: Tricia Dufty
How are you connected to the Montshire?
We've been members since we moved here from Chicago in 2002.
Can you describe your role in more detail?
We are active visitors, participate in the member-only activities, and love coming to the auction.
What are your family's favorite exhibits?
My six-year-old daughter Hope's favorites are the Bubbles and Ball Floaters; my 11-year-old son Brendan loves the water exhibits in Science Park.
What do you wish everyone knew about the Museum?
How accessible it is for all developmental stages.
Is there one word you would use to describe the Museum?
What do you find most rewarding about coming to the Montshire?
Watching my daughter with Down Syndrome be independent and confident. The Montshire is a place I can let her explore on her own.
What is the best kept secret at the Montshire?
The trails. You can walk on the trails with younger children. They aren't too steep or too long. We rarely see anyone else on the trails. Also the camps for older children are fantastic—my son loved Inventors' Workshop and Kinetic Art.
What is your favorite Montshire story to tell?
We have had several gatherings of families with children with Down Syndrome. Seeing 10 to 12 children with Down Syndrome, including my daughter, thoroughly enjoying the Montshire was amazing.