This Holiday season, visitors across Central Pennsylvania are encouraged to stop at the World of Little League® Museum and Official Store for a variety of exciting events and opportunities to experience with their families.
“The Holiday season is always an important time for families to spend together and we wanted to find a way to provide our visitors with a great way to not only learn about the history of the Little League program, but also have the chance to spend time together and help those in need,” said Lance Van Auken, Little League Vice President and Executive Director of the World of Little League Museum. “From a chance to meet Santa to our annual Toys for Tots donation drive, our visitors will be able to join in on the holiday festivities and create a season to remember at our Museum.”
Below are some of the upcoming events this Holiday Season at the World of Little League Museum:
Toys for Tots Donations (Nov. 1 to Dec. 13)
For the 14th straight year, the World of Little League Museum also will be participating in the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program this holiday season. Each visitor who brings a new, unwrapped toy with a value of at least $10 to the Museum between now and December 13, will receive one free Museum admission for later use as a thank you for supporting the local Toys for Tots program.
Toys collected at the Museum will be given to the American Rescue Workers and the Salvation Army for local distribution in Williamsport, South Williamsport, Loyalsock Township, Cogan Station, Trout Run, and Linden.
In addition to the toys donated at the World of Little League, children in Greater Lycoming County benefit from Toys for Tots donations at area collection centers. Last year, more than 18,000 toys were distributed throughout the local Williamsport community with more than 2,000 children being supported in those efforts.
Checks and money orders made payable to Toys for Tots should be sent to Bill Dougherty, 500 Quail Lane Cogan Station, Pa., 17728. Those will then be sent to the headquarters of Toys for Tots in Quantico, Va. The funds will then be placed into Mr. Dougherty account so he can buy toys for age groups that the five distribution sites are short of for the Holidays. Local Toys for Tots campaigns are conducted in more than 800 Communities.
Santa Visit (Dec. 8 from 12-3 p.m.)
On Sunday, December 8, visitors to the Museum will have the opportunity to take their picture with Santa from Noon until 3 p.m. All visitors will receive free admission to the Museum during Santa’s visit and can earn a free pin with any Museum Gift Shop purchase that day.
In addition to Santa visiting, a holiday train display featuring a model version of the Union Pacific Big Boy Locomotive will be at the Museum on December 8. A Union Pacific Big Boy engine will be touring the United States this year to commemorate the 150th year of the completion of the transcontinental railroad and a model train will be making a stop in Williamsport to celebrate Santa’s visit.
Throughout the upcoming holiday season, the museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving Day (November 28), December 24, 25, 31, and January 1, when it will be closed. Please contact the museum (570-326-3607) or check its digital sign or Facebook page at Facebook.com/LittleLeagueMuseum for updates on store specials, weather alerts, and more.