The highly interactive English and Spanish bilingual experience will transport kids and families from Doc’s backyard clinic to the McStuffins Toy Hospital. There, families are invited to help Doc perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients while learning about healthy habits, compassion, and nurturing care.
Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health, Indiana’s only comprehensive pediatric health system, has partnered with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to provide an opportunity for children to become comfortable in a healthcare setting.
“It is a heavy order to convince children that going to see the doctor is not scary,” said Dr. Paul Haut, chief operating officer for Riley Children’s Health.“ But it can be done through educational and interactive experiences, which help them understand that what we do is help keep people healthy. By teaching visitors about healthy habits, such as practicing good hand hygiene, exercising regularly and eating well, we hope this exhibit will put children’s minds at ease, while supporting our mission to keep all children healthy.
“Doc McStuffins serves as a great role model to children and adults, encouraging them to explore the importance of taking care of their own bodies as well as caring for others,” said Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s Executive Director Jane Turner. “Through imaginative play, we hope our visitors will learn more about health, science and medicine and discover that children can be anything they want to be when they grow up.”
Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Junior, said “Doc McStuffins has already made a tremendous impact on how children see themselves and their possibilities by way of our popular TV series.” She continued, “We are delighted to now bring the show’s messages of care and compassion directly into communities across the country. We look forward to having young visitors experience Doc’s playhouse clinic and toy hospital and learn firsthand about caring for themselves and others.”
Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning “Doc McStuffins” is an imaginative animated series about a 6-year-old girl who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and broken toys out of her backyard playhouse clinic and in the magical McStuffins Toy Hospital. Created and executive-produced by Humanitas Prize and Emmy Award-winning Chris Nee, the series has been lauded globally for its modeling of good health practices and imparting to young viewers the importance of taking care of oneself and others.
This exhibit was produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Disney Junior. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. Disney character live appearances are not part of the exhibit.
Local sponsorship of “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” was made possible through sponsorship by Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.
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