Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wonderland and Fairytale Garden

Hi everyone, I wanted to take the time to tell you about our exciting Wonderland exhibit here at the museum. Make sure to come in and check it out!

Fall down the rabbit hole and re-live the excitement of Alice and her adventures at Please Touch Museum’s Wonderland exhibit.

Weave your way through a circular maze and find yourself running down the Hall of Doors and Mirrors. Or take a seat with the Mad Hatter for a cup of tea, after you’ve joined the Dodo for a wild caucus race.

In each of our exhibits we emphasize the value that play provides our young visitors. Wonderland provides a great opportunity for parents to read to their children the fantastic story of Alice in Wonderland before visiting the museum. The Wonderland exhibit creates an atmosphere for children to use their imagination, dress up and role play as Alice, the Mad Hatter or the White Rabbit. Role playing increases social interaction and helps children to safely explore the world outside of their familiar environment.

Associated with Wonderland is Fairytale Garden, the toddler play area. There, parents can read excerpts from popular nursery rhymes, like Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty, as their children reenact the scene.

Leave the real world behind and explore the wonder of your imagination and enter the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland.

Also, enjoy the following books that are sure to stretch your child’s imagination:
· Open Me, I’m a Dog by Art Spiegelman
· Things that Sometimes Happen: Very Short Stories for Little Listeners by Avi, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
· My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie, illustrated by Rosemary Wells
· The Stinky-Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
· An Undone Fairy Tale by Ian Lendler, illustrated by Whitney Martin

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