Museo de Niños puts on a spectacular Yule show for children

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Ethan Orozco, 6, was among thousands who enjoyed the fireworks at the children’s museum Wednesday night.

As the clock passed 7 p.m. Wednesday, thousands of children’s eyes were fixated on the sky and their faces were illuminated with reds and blues from fireworks bursts.

For many, including 6-year-old Ethan Orozco, this was the best part of the 12th edition of the illumination of the castle exterior at the Museo de los Niños in north San José.

The event, themed Regalo de Fe, was what spokespersons called the official welcome to Christmas. It featured live music, skits and a fireworks show of 4,000 lights.

Staffers began designing the show six months ago, developing dance and theatrical scenes to depict messages of love, hope and faith.

Characters Museíto and Museíta were the stars, engaging the children in the crowd to help them overcome fright and have faith that they would make it though situations such as being stuck in a boat.

National singer Hans Wust opened the show with six original songs made for the occasion. With songs such as “Eterno Dios,” “Fiel hasta el Final,” “Deciende sobre me” and “Vamos a Cantar,” the artists reminded the crowd of the religious reason for the season.

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Characters Museíto and Museíta are at sea in an open boat during this skit that is designed to help children overcome fear.

A little after 7, the museum was illuminated with a talking face made possible by Luz Art that counted down from 10. At that moment, the show cast broke out in a musical number and the crowd was treated with a fireworks show.

Children later debated the best part remembering most the floating boat scene, pictures on the castle and fireworks as the top three.

For Lydia Sánchez, it was the uniqueness of the show that made it exciting.

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Characters Museíto and Museíta are at sea in an open boat during this skit that is designed to help children overcome fear.

“I have been coming for nine years with my children, and each year it is different,” she said.

Ms. Sánchez also added that she appreciates how the museum will make special arrangements for those with disabilities.

She recently had a surgery, and would not have been able to stand in the crowd, she said. The museum gave her and her three sons seats.

Kind acts fell in line with not just the theme of the show, but also with the reason the museum gave the country a monumental free show, said spokespersons.

For protection of the spectators, a coalition of police agencies blocked off roadways and created a safe path from Avenida Central to the museum. Being a pedestrian was encouraged because there was little parking. Street closings jammed traffic all over the central part of the city.

“I have been coming for nine years with my children, and each year it is different,” she said.

Ms. Sánchez also added that she appreciates how the museum will make special arrangements for those with disabilities.

She recently had a surgery, and would not have been able to stand in the crowd, she said. The museum gave her and her three sons seats.

Kind acts fell in line with not just the theme of the show, but also with the reason the museum gave the country a monumental free show, said spokespersons.

For protection of the spectators, a coalition of police agencies blocked off roadways and created a safe path from Avenida Central to the museum. Being a pedestrian was encouraged because there was little parking. Street closings jammed traffic all over the central part of the city.

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