Anyone who's spent a portion of a childhood during the summer visiting Ocean City can relive the experience with his or her children at the Ocean City Historical Museum, established to preserve the city's history.

The current highlight of a trip to the museum is the Buckets of Fun exhibit, which will be on display through Labor Day.

Visitors can look at more than 300 vintage sand pails, shovels and molds from the 1860s through the 1970s. These items are meant to bring back memories in adults and inspire today's children to create new ones out of splashing and playing around at the ocean, and building sand castles.

Another big attraction at the museum is its display of artifacts from the Sindia, a sailing ship that wrecked on the beach at 16th Street in 1901. The exhibit includes the ship's figurehead and navigation equipment.

The museum also hosts a Wednesday For Kids event, for ages 4 to 9, from July 7 to Aug. 25. The program is held at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Children partake in hands-on tours, arts and crafts and storytelling.

Vincent Jackson

If you go

Location: Ocean City Cultural Center complex, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City. Call 609-399-1801

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Cost: Free, except for $3 per child for the Wednesday For Kids program.

What moms want to know: Stroller friendly? Yes. Bathrooms? Yes in the library at the complex. Food on site? No. Pack a lunch? No. Play area? No. Coupon? No.

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