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​The Curious George Exhibit Is a Barrel of Fun … and So Much More

Kids are having tons of fun as they play and explore in the imaginative world of Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat in Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! 

The exhibit, which is presented locally by New Horizon Academy, offers a great blend of fun and learning. Through interactive experiences, kids explore STEM concepts, solve problems, and build important skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.   

“New Horizon Academy is thrilled to sponsor the Curious George exhibit at the Minnesota Children’s Museum,” said Cara Johnson-Bader, Vice President of Marketing and Parent Experiences. “We believe play is an essential component of children’s learning and development. Giving children opportunities to play is one of the best ways to help children learn how to interact with others and develop critical lifelong skills.”

What Kids Do 
Visitors take part in all sorts of hands-on STEM activities throughout the exhibit, including:  

  • Constructing structures with different materials and machines 
  • Experimenting with physics and engineering in a round of mini golf 
  • Using wind power to move whirligigs, windmills, windsocks and wind chimes 
  • Sorting, weighing and counting fruit and vegetables at the produce stand 
  • Piloting a space adventure in a rollicking rocket 
  • And more! 

Skills Kids Build 
In addition to exploring STEM concepts, visitors build skills that will set them up for success throughout school and life. Here are a few examples:  

  • Collaboration: At the construction site, kids work together to design, plan, and build in this construction zone in the middle of the city. A conveyor belt, large foam blocks and a drafting table are part of the area that provides specific building challenges for children, but also encourages free building. 
  • Communication: At the museum, the creation of Curious George is told through interactive displays of text and photos. A display of vintage and contemporary Curious George books and toys spark memories and allow kids to practice their communications skills and build increasingly more sophisticated vocabulary.  
  • Critical Thinking: At the farm, visitors use loose parts to design and build their own whirligigs and test them in front of a fan. Paper and other simple supplies can be used to make a pinwheel or windsock to take home. Predict results of what might happen 38. Draw conclusions about a discovery 

How You Can Support 
You can be a great play partner and help your child get the most out of this exhibit by: 

  • Giving your child the space and freedom to explore 
  • Embracing repetition — it’s how children master their world 
  • Taking time to notice how simple actions lead to complex learning 

Make sure you visit the Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! exhibit while it’s here! This new exhibit will be at the museum through Jan. 5.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to New Horizon Academy for generously sponsoring this exhibit. 

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