Kids with an appetite for fun and learning are sure to enjoy a new exhibit opening Oct. 10 at The Magic House. “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit” celebrates author Eric Carle’s work through hands-on play.
Though the exhibit is expected to be popular with Carle fans of all ages, museum officials say it will be a special treat for preschoolers. Visitors can follow the Hungry Caterpillar’s path, find their own light with the Very Lonely Firefly and weave a web like the Very Busy Spider. The exhibit also encourages children to express their creativity as they compose a symphony inspired by the Very Quiet Cricket and create their own artwork based on Carle’s techniques.
"This exhibit allows visitors to step into the pages of Eric Carle’s colorful picture books," said Carrie Hutchcraft, director of communications for The Magic House. "During their experience they will become a part of the five ‘Very’ books. Each story is a testament to Eric Carle’s love of nature, his respect for the emotional lives of children, and his recurring themes of friendship, creativity, and the power of imagination."
The visiting exhibit, which was created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, will be open Oct. 10 through Jan. 24, 2016. Museum members will have an opportunity to preview the exhibit during an exclusive event Oct. 9. The Magic House will also host A Very Eric Carle Breakfast Celebration 9-11 a.m. Oct. 18. Breakfast is $20 per person ($15 for museum members) and includes crafts, activities and exclusive time in the museum. Reservations are required; visit www.magichouse.org for more information.
The Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Rd., St. Louis, 63122. Call 314-822-8900 for more information.