Courtesy of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Through January 17, 2017
10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Turn off the television set and step into the imaginative world of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, when the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh unveils its latest highly anticipated exhibition.

Courtesy of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Courtesy of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

Making its premiere right here in the hometown of Mr. Rogers, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit swings open its welcoming doors to kids and families from June 11, 2016 through January 17, 2017. Opening day kicks off this Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with special meet and greet sessions with Daniel Tiger at noon and 1 pm.

Based on the award-winning PBS KIDS television series that follows the adventures of four-year-old Daniel Tiger, the original exhibit was created in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company and involved 12 months of design discussions and prototyping. Like the hit television show, the innovative exhibit underscores Fred Rogers’ landmark curriculum which teaches emotional and social intelligence and human respect.

Join Daniel Tiger and his friends O the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, Miss Elaina, and many others, as you explore the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, take daily adventures, and make new discoveries. Through immersive experiences, children and families will work together to solve problems, take creative play to new heights, and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies to learn many of life’s helpful little lessons.

Kids can hop onto the Imagination Stage to transform into their favorite neighbor. They can try on character costumes and step in front of the Imagination Mirror to see themselves shine and sparkle. And they can test drive a police car or rocket ship along the iconic neighborhood path, and then take a friendly trolley for a walk.

Courtesy of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Courtesy of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

There’s also a Music Shop for kids to express themselves through sound, compose their own songs and play along with others using one-of-a-kind instruments, the Clock Factory.

The immersive exhibit also features a Movable Character Mural, Thank You Tree, Strategy Blocks and Sensory Wall to help children share emotions, communicate openly, and explore diversity, empathy and gratitude.

After debuting in Pittsburgh, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood—which marks the third traveling exhibition developed by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Fred Rogers Company—will begin a national tour that’s already booked through 2020.

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Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.