Above / Created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company, the exhibit featuring Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood brings to life the themes presented in the popular PBS series.

DuPage Children’s Museum is proud to be the Chicagoland presenter of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit from January 19 – May 12, 2019.

Museum hours are 9AM to 5PM on Sat., Jan. 19, the opening day of the exhibit.

This new exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series created by The Fred Rogers Company that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends.

In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit children enter the world of Daniel Tiger and friends to explore the Neighborhood. Through immersive experiences, visitors collaborate to solve problems, use their imaginations to transform their surroundings and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies as they learn life’s little lessons. The exhibit, created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company, brings to life the themes presented in the PBS series such as community, communication and emotions, which enables young children to understand their feelings and those of their neighbors. Visitors can walk the paths and hear the sounds of Daniel’s world as they encounter the meaning of empathy, gratitude, sharing and diversity in an environment of creative and interactive play. Through music, kids can also sing along with Daniel, work together to solve problems and even experience the contagious nature of kindness.

“This exhibit provides as wonderful opportunity for adults to support and engage young children in developing social emotional skills and the critical coping strategies that will guide them throughout their lives,” said Thomas Sullivan, Director of Education and Programs at DuPage Children’s Museum.  “At our museum, we are huge proponents of engaging children and their adults as partners in child-led play experiences that encourage curiosity, exploration and collaboration. We see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood : A Grrr-ific Exhibit as the perfect invitation for that interaction.”

“Daniel speaks directly to children, and he is their age,” notes Paul Siefken, President and Chief Executive Officer with The Fred Rogers Company. “Because of that, they see him as their friend, and he goes through a lot of the challenges that they face, whether it’s dealing with mad feelings or learning how to share.”

Along with the emotional lessons gleaned in the Neighborhood, visitors can:

  • Transform into to a favorite character with masks and costumes                                
  • Compose a song or play along with one-of-a-kind instruments
  • Visit the Post Office and sort, deliver and receive packages and letters
  • Create stories through the Movable Character Mural
  • Step inside the Clock Factory to play with a variety of clocks
  • Identify spots in one’s own neighborhood on the interactive world map
  • Write or draw thank-you notes and put them on the Thank You Tree.
  • Cozy up with a good book in O the Owl’s Reading Nest and
  • Stroll with a Trolley along the path, and ring the bell upon arrival!

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit was made possible through local sponsorship by DuPage Medical Group. It continues its multi-year run as a traveling exhibit in Naperville and is scheduled to appear in two more North American cities through the summer of 2019.

Admission to DuPage Children’s Museum is $12 for adults and children age 1 and older, and $10 for seniors; it’s free for members and children less than one year.

Enter the big red door to experience Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at the DuPage Children’s Museum, located at 301 N. Washington Street, just steps from the Fifth Avenue train station.

DuPage Children’s Museum

The Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in young children through its mission: “DuPage Children’s Museum ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math, and science.” Interactive exhibits and programs make learning fun for children and adults playing together. DCM serves over 300,000 visitors annually representing all 50 states and 575 zip codes in Illinois. DCM’s reach and support represent well beyond the Chicagoland area. The Museum’s impact extends across cultural, financial, and educational boundaries. It touches the lives of children from all regions, providing the building blocks for success in school and life. The Museum is located at 301 N. Washington Street in Naperville. For more info, visit www.dupagechildrens.org or call (630) 637-8000. 

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh ( www.pittsburghkids.org ) is a place that delights and inspires children, where they can take off on fantastic flights of imagination daily, and return to earth to splash in a river, hammer a nail and ink a silkscreen. With 80,000 square feet of space the Museum welcomes more than 306,000 visitors annually and provides tons of fun and loads of “real stuff” experiences for play and learning. Permanent hands-on, interactive exhibit areas at the Museum include The Studio, Theater, Waterplay, Attic, Nursery, Backyard and MAKESHOP®. The Museum’s award-winning, three-story, center building is screened by a shimmering wind Sculpture and connects two historic structures (Allegheny Post Office Building & the Buhl Building). In 2006 the Museum became a certified green building and was honored by the American Institute for Architects and the National Historic Preservation Trust. In 2015 Parents Magazine named the Museum one of the nation’s 15 top children’s museums and in 2017 the Children’s Museum was Voted One of the Nation’s Ten Best Museums for Families in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Contest.

The Fred Rogers Company established in 1971

The Company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly-rated, award-winning children’s series include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat and Odd Squad. For more information, visit www.fredrogers.org.

Story with Daniel Tiger and friends photo submitted by Jaime Johnson, Sr. Marketing Manager, DuPage Children’s Museum.