The Coastal Children’s Museum, located in the museum complex on Mechanic Street in Rockland, is planning a grand opening event for the spring. Meanwhile, it is a perfect antidote to winter blahs and a sure-fire cabin fever preventative.

The museum has been steadily growing since it opened its doors last summer. In addition to a wide range of challenging, interactive games and puzzles, art projects, a woodwork shop and a grocery store, the museum recently acquired Lady Bug, a 12-foot Beetle Cat Boat. Lady Bug is all set up in a sturdy stand, sail hoisted, ready to sail the seas of any child’s imagination.

In the new Under The Sea Room, exotic fish and plant life are slowly being introduced to the new tropical fish tank. The tank’s first inhabitants include a cleaning shrimp, hermit crabs, mermaid fans, shaving brush ferns and live corals, featuring purple gorgonian.

Another recent addition is the saltwater touch tank. Under supervision, children can touch and learn about fascinating sea creatures, including sea stars, mussels, horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, shrimp, sculpin, sea anemones, scallops and baby lobster.

The Coastal Children’s Museum, which also offers frequent workshops and special events, is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and any day schools are closed due to bad weather.

The museum is dedicated to providing children age 2 to 9 and their families the opportunity to explore, discover and learn through play about the natural world, the arts and sciences, and the diversity of Maine’s coast. Admission is $4.50. Memberships are available. For more information visit or call board President Elaine Wilson at 975-2530.