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INK launches capital campaign to build new museum
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Interactive Neighborhood for Kids announced plans Tuesday to raise $4.2 million to help build a new state-of-the-art children’s museum in South Hall County.

The new 50,000-square-foot building will be constructed off Exit 8 on Interstate 985.

An anonymous donation came with the stipulation INK raise $2 million and start construction by summer 2015.

The announcement was made at the meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Gainesville at First Baptist Church of Gainesville.

INK provides a learning environment for children that takes place outside of the classroom setting. A miniature version of a “grown-up” community, INK offers children a place to explore, role-play and experience the world around them.

INK’s first 5,000-square-foot home opened in August 2002 just off the square in downtown Gainesville. In June 2006, INK moved into its current location at the Warren Featherbone Communiversity Building in Gainesville, tripling its space.

INK has added more birthday party areas, a gift shop and a paint-your-own pottery studio and is self-sustaining in daily operations. In 2013, INK served nearly 70,000 visitors, more than three times the 2006 total.