He’s here! Curious George™ moves into Upper Story
The insatiable curiosity of Curious George™ – the little monkey that has captured the imagination and hearts of children and adults for more than 75 years – comes to life this fall in the Belt Branch Upper Story.
Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! is a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum that will take kids into George’s world and lead them on an educational adventure! The free exhibit runs through Jan. 5 and is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Appointments for group visits can be made for Mondays and Tuesdays.
Volunteer opportunities also exist to help staff the exhibit. To volunteer, call Hans Bremer at 205-7125.
Based on the characters in H.A. and Margret Rey’s classic stories and scenes from the animated PBS television series, the free exhibit features the colorful neighborhood where George lives with the man with the yellow hat. Visitors will be able to operate wheels to help George climb a building, sort and weigh fruits and vegetables at the produce stand, use science skills to play miniature golf, have their pictures taken with the rocket from George’s space adventure, build a whirligig in a barnyard and much more.
The fun activities are an early introduction to math, science and engineering principles, and teaching such ideas is related to the library’s mission of promoting literacy for all ages.
“Early literacy and early childhood education are incredibly important activities, and we are dedicated to doing all we can to expand opportunities for kids to learn,” Library Director Michelle Mears said. “The most rapid brain development occurs in the first three years of life, so we can’t afford to wait until kids go to school to provide them with a rich learning environment.”
The educational benefit for children and the cultural experience for the community make the cost of bringing in large traveling exhibits worthwhile, Mears said. The Friends of the Rolling Hills Library is providing most of the funding for the exhibit.
“It’s important to us that these exhibits are offered free of charge to everyone, especially because similar experiences in Kansas City and other major cities almost always charge admission,” Mears said.
This is the second year in a row for the library to have a traveling exhibit for children. And because of George’s popularity, the library is expecting this exhibit to draw even more visitors.
“The Amazing Castle™ last year showed us that early literacy exhibits can attract a large number of families and school groups,” Mears said. “We had over 5,000 visits to The Amazing Castle and are anticipating over 8,000 with Curious George.”
Minnesota Children’s Museum also created The Amazing Castle, which was in the Upper Story from Sept. 22, 2017, through Jan. 5, 2018.
Curious George television series merchandise ©Universal Studios. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. All rights reserved.