The Children’s Museum of Virginia proudly presents Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit from June 10th, 2023, through September 10th, 2023. This new exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series The Fred Rogers Company created that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends.
In “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit,” children enter the world of Daniel Tiger and their 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 the 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 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 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
· 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 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 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 exciting,” Siefken adds. “They feel like he is one of them.”
About The Children’s Museum of Virginia
Children step inside a world where bubbles grow bigger than they are, where the forces of energy electrify and spark their imagination, and where they can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist, and more! The Museum also includes the Lancaster Antique Toy and Train collection – an attraction for kids of all ages and a full-dome digital and surround sound Planetarium. It also features a Museum Gift Shop where children can take some imagination home. The Children’s Museum of Virginia is at 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704. The Museum is open on Wednesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, visit www.childrensmuseumva.com.