Want a way for your kids to monkey around without causing a fuss? The new Curious George exhibit at the Fort worth Museum of Science and History provides a great outlet for toddlers to explore and learn about math, science and engineering through hands-on play.
The exhibit, geared toward ages 8 and younger, inspires young minds to use their curiosity to explore.
At a recent preview, my 3-year-old counted plush vegetables and fruits at grocery stand flanked by drawings of familiar Curious George landscapes and characters such as Chef Pisghetti. My tot also loved the mini-golf area, where you place different shapes on the course to figure out the most efficient way to get the golf ball in the hole. At the construction site, my son also got a full upper-body workout. He loaded foam squares onto a conveyor belt, then turned a wheel to lift the squares up until they toppled down onto staggered conveyor belts. He screamed, "Yeaaah" each time he accomplished the task.
Adults will appreciate the corner of the exhibit dedicated to the Curious George author's life and times. The "office" includes displays of vintage Curious George memorabilia and a desk with a dial phone. My curious child picked up the phone and got a surprise message. (Hint: One child thought it was his "Nana.")
For moms and dads looking for a unique birthday party destination, you can book an exclusive Curious George private party. Packages include exhibit admission for 20 guests, private use of the Curious George party room, a special appearance by Curious George, an activity for each child and banana and juice for each child. Cost is $300 for non-museum members and $270 for members. You can customize your package to include more food and drink options, however, you must bring your own cake.
Birthday, holiday and play date parties can be booked Oct. 5, 2013, through Jan. 5, 2014. (Hurry, they've already booked 20 parties so far!)
Here are more details on the exhibit:
Curious George: Lets Get Curious
Where: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), October 5 through January 5
Cost: $14, $10 ages 2-12 and seniors age 65 and older
Info: 817-255-9300; www.fwmuseum.org
Note: The main entrance is temporarily closed for the installation of the World Trade Center beam in the 9/11 Tribute exhibit until November. Until then, guests are directed to follow the signs and enter through the Stars Café.