Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit is now open at the Reading Public Museum. This new exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series created by The Fred Rogers Productions that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. This exhibit is on display until January 14, 2024 on The Museum’s first floor.
The exhibit, created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with Fred Rogers Productions, 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 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 on the Neighborhood 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!
The Reading Public Museum is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA. Admission per day is: $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID), and free to Members and children three years old and under. The Museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. readingpublicmuseum.org
Reading School District students are granted free Museum and Planetarium access and may be accompanied by two adults at no cost. Students must show a District ID card, and the adults who accompany them must show proof they reside in zip codes within the District.