Confession: I was a little sad when I learned that the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was replacing the Take Me There: Egypt exhibit. We loved that exhibit, and I really felt it did a great job of teaching my boys about another culture. I knew that Take Me There: China would probably be great, but there were so many things about the Egypt exhibit we loved — the airplane ride, the marketplace, the authentic Egyptian home. Could China measure up?
Last night I had the opportunity to preview Take Me There: China, and I am excited to report that this new exhibit has all the things I loved about Egypt, re-designed to teach children about Chinese culture. In addition, there are some new features that we absolutely loved. Here are some of our favorites:
Take Me There Air was one of our favorite parts of Egypt, so we were thrilled to see it adapted for the China exhibit. We saw great view of the Chinese landscape and learned how to say “hello” in Chinese.
The Modern Home
The boys loved seeing how kids in China live. They cooked up some great food for us, and enjoyed learning their Chinese zodiac sign.
Noodles, rice, and fish. It’s what’s for dinner.
The Opera House
My three-year-old was obsessed with this area. He loved the Warrior characters, and stood for the longest time watching a recording of a Chinese opera. I loved seeing him connect with something in such a powerful way.
Writing Chinese Characters
Or for my kids, coloring with water on the floor. Some of the older kids were pretty good and writing the characters!
Panda Rescue Center
Another big hit. My boys loved taking care of the baby pandas. We gave several shots, fed lots of bottles, and put a few baby pandas down for a nap.
My son rang up several purchases for me at the cash register, much to his delight. He also liked weighing the produce.
These are just a few of the extensive opportunities for learning and fun found in Take Me There: China. You really have to experience it for yourself to find out all it offers. The exhibit opens TOMORROW (May 10th), so head out to the Children’s Museum and immerse yourself in another culture! I got a pretty neat goody bag when we previewed the exhibit, and I wanted to share some of it with you! You don’t get my stuffed panda (sorry), but one lucky reader will get The Buddha Board Box and some Chinese Fortune Sticks. Just use the form below to enter. Giveaway will end May 16th at 11:59 Eastern. Good luck!