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, use their imaginations to transform their surroundings 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 walk the paths and hear the sounds of Daniel’s world as they encounter the meaning of empathy, gratitude, sharing and diversity in an environment of creative and interactive play. Through music, kids can also sing along with Daniel, work together to solve problems and even experience the contagious nature of kindness.
“The basic life skills and values that Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit instills in young minds aligns directly with the Museum’s mission of sparking every child’s imagination, sense of discovery and learning through the power of play,” said Jane Turner, executive director of Children’s Museum of Atlanta. “Whether writing thank you notes to share on the Thank You Tree or working with others to explore the wonders of a clock in the Clock Factory, little ones will learn the value of being a good neighbor while exploring the family favorite character’s world.”
“Daniel speaks directly to children, and he is their age,” notes Paul Siefken, president and chief executive officer with The Fred Rogers Company. “Because of that, they see him as their friend, and he goes through a lot of the challenges that they face, whether it’s dealing with mad feelings or learning how to share.”
Along with the emotional lessons gleaned in the Neighborhood, visitors can:
- Transform into to a favorite character with masks and costumes
- Compose a song or play along with one-of-a-kind instruments
- Visit the Post Office and sort, deliver and receive packages and letters
- Create stories through the Movable Character Mural
- Step inside the Clock Factory to play with a variety of clocks
- Identify spots in one’s own neighborhood on the interactive world map
- Write or draw thank-you notes and put them on the Thank You Tree
- Cozy up with a good book in O the Owl’s Reading Nest
- Stroll with a Trolley along the path, and ring the bell upon arrival
“For kids to go into Daniel’s world and this exhibit and feel like they are part of the Neighborhood is very, very exciting,” Siefken adds. “They feel like he is one of them.”
Local sponsorship of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit” was made possible through sponsorship by Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. It continues its multi-year run as a traveling exhibit in Atlanta and is scheduled to appear in seven more North American cities through the summer of 2019.
For more information, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.