POUGHKEEPSIE – The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum unveils its newest exhibition, “Tell Me a Story,” on Dec. 1, 2017.
This dynamic new learning environment encourages early language and literacy skill development through storytelling and physical play. The exhibition features four immersive sets that invite children to create and act out original stories by climbing, creeping and sliding through various scenes, using the silly props, and dressing in costume.
Museum Members are invited to an exclusive sneak preview of “Tell Me a Story” on Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The exhibition’s Grand Opening Weekend runs Dec. 1-3, and kicks off with a special “Holiday Stories” event on Friday evening, Dec. 1 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., as part of Poughkeepsie’s City-wide Festival of Lights Celebration. This event concludes with fireworks over the Hudson River. All weekend long museum guests can explore storytelling in a whole new way in this dynamic new learning environment, while exploring special hands-on activities designed to “get your story on.”
The “Tell Me a Story” exhibition includes several new climbing elements, slides and tunnels to encourage physical play. In “Long, Long Ago,” children are invited to navigate a child-friendly climbing wall, tip toe through cat-walks, scoot down a new slide and hang out in a cargo net suspended over the Museum’s main stairway.
“The High Seas” features a new pirate ship structure with climbing nets, a slide, a scarf cannon, a main sail to hoist and hidden treasure to encourage storytelling tales of adventure. “Center Stage” invites families to create and perform their own theatrical presentations. The “Story Box” is the world’s first book-making sandbox and invites families to create silly “stop motion” stories using their smartphones.
“Tell Me a Story” was developed with support from the H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Charlotte Cunneen-Hackett Charitable Trust, and gifts made to the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum’s Annual Fund. For information on supporting the development of new exhibits or on becoming a sponsor, contact Brenda Lynch, Director of Museum Advancement, at 845-471-0589 ext. 14 or email BLynch@mhcm.org.
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $9.00 per person. Children under 1 year are free. Memberships available. Visit mhcm.org or call (845) 471-0589 for more information.