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Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Through September 20
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where can you weave a web, tumble through grass and morph into a butterfly? A new innovative exhibition is making its world premiere right here in Pittsburgh and you’re invited to opening day!

Step into the colorful adventures of beloved author and illustrator Eric Carle at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Featuring activities inspired by five of Carle’s iconic books—The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle and The Very Busy Spider—the immersive play-and-learn exhibition will remain on view at the Northside museum thought September 20th.

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Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Become the Very Hungry Caterpillar as you follow his path through nature, weave a complex web just like the Very Busy Spider and enjoy engaging storytimes as a family. Next, make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump through the air, compose a stirring night symphony along with the Very Quiet Cricket and find your own bright light with help from the Very Lonely Firefly.

Explore everyone’s favorite buzz-worthy insects along with master beekeeper Joe Zgurzynski of Country Barn Farm, meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar and participate in a special ribbon “pull” to open the exhibit.

Kids and families can also create original artwork using many of Carle’s materials and techniques—such as collaging with hand-painted cut paper—and visit a colorful gallery of prints featuring works from Carle’s Very Series as well as rarely seen works in progress.

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Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Co-organized with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, Very Eric Carle is the first North American traveling exhibit for children inspired by the art of the renowned children’s book author and illustrator. As they step into the pages of Carle’s classic colorful picture books, kids will explore the artist’s unique hand-painted tissue paper collage technique and will encounter five special insects who take journeys of discovery, friendship and imagination.

How do you Carle?
Share your own photos inspired by Carle’s work using #howicarle on social media for a chance to participate in the museum’s Grand Opening Ceremony on June 13! Be sure to visit the Children’s Museum tent at the Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 13 and 14 to contribute to a large-scale mural inspired by Eric Carle.

Born in 1929 in Syracuse, NY and raised in Stuttgart, Germany Carle has illustrated 70 books—most of which he also wrote. Published in 1969, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been translated into more than 58 languages and sold more than 38 million copies.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

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.