Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit
September 30, 2023 – January 14, 2024
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 Company 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 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.
“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 in one’s own neighborhood on the interactive world 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!
“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.”
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