The Reading Public Museum is proud to present Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit®. This new exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series created by The Fred Rogers Productions that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. This exhibit will be open from Sept. 30 to Jan. 14, on The Museum’s first floor.
The exhibit, created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with Fred Rogers Productions, 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 sing along with Daniel, work together to solve problems, and even experience the contagious nature of kindness.
“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 a favorite character with masks and costumes, compose a song or play along with one-of-a-kind instruments, and visit the Post Office and sort, deliver, and receive packages and letters. Families can create stories through the Movable Character Mural, step inside the Clock Factory to play with a variety of clocks, and help identify spots on the Neighborhood map. Children can 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, and stroll with a Trolley along the path, ringing the bell upon arrival!
To welcome Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood®: A Grr-ific Exhibit, The Museum will host a special members-only preview. During this early access, visitors will explore the exhibit and take home a fun craft. Immediately following the preview, enjoy brunch at The Neag Planetarium, catered by Kathryn’s Katering. Families will have the opportunity to meet and have their picture taken with Daniel Tiger at the brunch. This morning is sure to be a blast for all ages! Members can register for this event on The Museum’s website.
The Reading Public Museum is supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA. Admission per day is $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID), and free to members and children three years old and under. The Museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit online: www.readingpublicmuseum.org