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Curious George™ Exhibit Swings to the Mississippi Children’s Museum

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The little monkey who has captured the imagination and hearts of millions of children and adults for over 75 years – comes to life this summer at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM). Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious! exhibit will be visiting MCM May 20-September 10, 2017, introducing children into the world of Curious George and leading visitors on a fun, interactive STEM-based adventure.

Visitors will recognize familiar characters and places featured in the classic stories by H.A. and Margret Rey and the television series that airs on PBS KIDS®. The exhibit inspires children’s natural curiosity as they explore the neighborhood where Curious George™ lives with his friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat. Children can explore iconic points from George’s curious world and climb into a construction trailer to design and construct a building! Visitors to the exhibit have the opportunity to experiment with physics as they putt through the mini golf course, use wind power to move yard art and wind chimes, or climb into the space rocket Curious George took on his space adventure!

We thank our local sponsors for bringing this exciting and educational exhibit to Mississippi--Presented by Trustmark and sponsored by Atmos Energy and The Radio People.

The exhibit’s content is based on educational standards developed by Minnesota Children’s Museum and an expert advisory panel to the PBS KIDS series, as well as national science and math standards for young children. “The science and math activities in the exhibit will provide a rich and meaningful context in which these skills can be learned and developed in a fun and engaging way,” said Sarah Caruso, Minnesota Children’s Museum President.

Designed, developed and built by Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! is on a five-year, 20-city tour of children’s museums across the country. The Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! exhibit is sponsored by 3M.

Throughout the duration of the exhibit, MCM will be hosting weekly Curious George-themed programs and special Saturday events to engage children and families in hands-on, STEM activities. Visit MCM’s website to learn more about the program and events.

 

QUICK FACTS

What: Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious is visiting the museum this summer!

When: May 20-September 10, 2017

Where: Located in the Gertrude C. Ford Exhibition Hall (upper level)

Why: This exhibit will introduce children to George’s curious world and lead visitors on a fun, interactive STEM-based adventure. It also encourages inquiry and curiosity, while promoting hands-on exploration and problem solving. Children can climb into a construction trailer to design and construct a building, experiment with physics while putting through the mini golf course, use wind power to move yard art and wind chimes, along with much more! Who: Families with children ages 3-7 years; Members; Group visits Locally sponsored by: Trustmark, Atmos Energy, The Radio People

Members-Only Preview Party • Friday, May 19th 5:30-7:30 pm

Be sure to purchase your MCM membership, so you can attend this exciting event! Exclusively offered to our members, guests will enjoy Curious George themed snacks, a take-home photo with Curious George himself, and hands-on activities including Duplo Structural Building, Stained Glass Painting, and Paper Hat Making. All attendants will receive a free Curious George book, sticker and bookmark. We are encouraging members to wear a red or yellow shirt.

Grand-Opening • Saturday, May 20th 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

The Curious George™: Let’s Get Curious exhibit will be officially open to the public starting at 9:00 am. From 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, our partners from Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) will be bringing their friend, Curious George, to visit with families. MPB will also be providing free books, stickers, bookmarks, Curious George STEM themed activities, and interactive kiosks featuring Curious George games and puzzles.

Tinker with Tuesday • Every Tuesday at 3:30 pm (May 23-Sept 5)

Throughout the duration of the exhibit, our weekly program, Tinker with Tuesday, will feature a Curious George themed, STEM-based experiment, where visitors will explore topics like Will it Float, Simple Structures, Load Lift, Shapes & Patterns, and Ramps & Rollercoasters.

“Let’s Get Curious” Saturdays! (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)

One Saturday a month, MCM will be hosting a Let’s Get Curious Saturday. During the events, families will enjoy Curious George themed activities that promote STEAM and hands-on learning.

June 3: Let’s Get Curious- Science

July 15: Let’s Get Curious- Art

August 26: Let’s Get Curious- STEAM (Yellow Hat)

Field Trips (May 20-Sept 10)

Swing into fun with a Curious George themed field trip for groups of 15+ children! Contact Sheri Bradford for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 601.709.8350

Birthday Parties

Go Bananas during MCM’s Curious George Birthday Party! Attendees receive Curious George masks, tote bags and a special surprise! Paper products and balloons are included. Contact Cynthia Till for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 601.709.8972

Retail

The Red Rocket Café and the Trading Post will have super fun Curious George themed items for sale.

 

About the Mississippi Children’s Museum

The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides unparalleled experiences that ignite a thirst for discovery, knowledge, and learning in all children. MCM is dedicated to inspiring Mississippi’s children from all backgrounds to discover and achieve their potential. The museum features 40,000 square feet of exhibit space designed around five primary initiatives: Literacy, STEM, Health and Nutrition, Cultural Arts, and Mississippi History. The museum’s exhibits, programs, and outreach opportunities provide engaging, explorative, hands-on educational activities for children of all ages. To learn more about MCM visit www.mschildrensmuseum.org.

About Minnesota Children’s Museum

Minnesota Children’s Museum is a non-profit community organization committed to sparking children’s learning through play. Infants through children age 10 discover their world through hands-on exhibits in five permanent galleries and two special galleries that offer exciting traveling exhibits from around the world. Fun, interactive activities such as Story Time and Big Fun! take place daily. Minnesota Children’s Museum has been providing children and adults with a fun, educational environment for more than 25 years.

About Universal Studios Consumer Products Group

Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is responsible for global licensing and retail strategies as well as building brand recognition of the extensive catalogue of Universal properties. Universal Studios Consumer Products Group is a unit of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% owned by Vivendi.

About Houghton Mifflin Trade and Reference Division

Houghton Mifflin’s Trade and Reference Division publishes adult, juvenile, and reference books. Its adult titles encompass literary fiction and a broad spectrum of nonfiction. Houghton Mifflin’s children’s lists include numerous Newberry and Caldecott Medal winners and constitute one of the richest backlists of children’s literature in the industry.

About Houghton Mifflin Company

Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Company is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, with more than $1 billion in sales. Houghton Mifflin publishes textbooks, instructional technology, assessments and other educational materials for elementary and secondary schools and colleges. The Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers. With its origins dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin combines its tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation. The company’s web site can be found at www.hmco.com.

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