Miami Children’s Museumis proud to present “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit” from Saturday, January 25 through Sunday, May 10, 2020. Created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company, this exhibit is based on the award-winning PBS KIDS television series that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. The partnership sought to connect the familiar TV world, where young viewers learn and find comfort with Daniel, to the three-dimensional, multi-sensory experience the exhibit provides.
In present “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit” children ages 2 to 6 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.
“We really wanted to create the feeling for the kids that they’re really coming into the Neighborhood of Make-believe, and Daniel is inviting them to play,” explains Anne Fullenkamp, Director of Design for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Exhibit elements include an Imagination Stage, where kids can put on costumes of series characters and step onto the stage to act; The Music Shop, where children can express themselves through unusual instruments; The Post Office, where they can sort, deliver and receive packages and letters; and a Thank You Tree, where visitors can write or draw thank-you notes and put them on the tree.
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit” 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.
“Daniel speaks directly to children, and he is their age,” notes Paul Siefken, Vice President, Broadcast and Digital Media 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
- Create stories through the Movable Character Mural
● Step inside the Clock Factory to play with a variety of clocks
● Knit a sweater piece with help from the Red Sweater Knitting Machine
● Identify spots in one’s own neighborhood on the interactive world map
● Cozy up with a good book in O the Owl’s Reading Nest and
● 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.”
Entrance to “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit” beginning Saturday, January 25, 2020 and running through Sunday, May 10, 2020 is included with admission to the Museum. Admission is $22 for adults and children, $15 for Florida Residents, free for children under 1 year and admission for Museum Members is complimentary. The Museum is open daily from 10AM to 6PM. For more information, please contact the Museum at 305.373.KIDS (5437) or visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.