Through January 3, families can explore a colorful land of make-believe at the Indiana State Museum’s newest exhibit, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit,” which opened Sept. 19.
In “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit,” children enter the world of Daniel Tiger and friends to explore the Neighborhood. Through immersive experiences, visitors collaborate to solve problems and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies as they learn life’s little lessons.
The exhibit, created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company, brings to life the themes presented in the PBS series such as community, communication and emotions, which enables young children to understand their feelings and those of their neighbors.
Visitors can explore the Neighborhood and hear the sounds of Daniel’s world as they discover the meaning of empathy, gratitude, sharing and diversity in an environment of creative and interactive play. Visitors can visit the Post Office to sort, deliver and receive packages and letters, write or draw thank you notes and put them on the Thank You Tree and more. Through music, kids can also sing along with Daniel and compose a song or play along with one-of-a-kind instruments.
“Our visitors can discover life lessons and gain new problem-solving skills through imaginative play in this experience,” said Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “This exhibit is a fantastic opportunity for families with young children ages 2 to 6 years old to learn how to better understand their emotions while exploring with characters from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.”
For the safety of its visitors, the Indiana State Museum requires visitors to pre-register for timed tickets for this experience, so that gallery capacity can be monitored. Visitors will enjoy a 45-minute time slot with no more than 10 visitors in the space at one time. This allows for social distancing recommendations to be followed and for staff to deep clean all hands-on interactives every hour. Time slots can be reserved at indianamuseum.org/daniel-tiger.
This traveling exhibit will be open at the Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, through Jan. 3, 2021, and is included with the purchase of general admission.