In the charming “Very Eric Carle” exhibit highlighting the popular children’s books, the/Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides so much to crawl into, touch, read aloud, sit on, get dressed in, imagine, project, talk back to, jump over, get behind, tangle up, weave, open, close, pull, lie down on and play with, that the whole family may leave exhausted.
The delightfully energetic museum show features the words and illustrations of Eric Carle — the prolific author best known for “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Like modular pods, mini-exhibits focused on several of his books have their own themed see, touch, sit down and read spaces.
Very Pittsburgh for Families
If you missed the show in Pittsburgh, the multi-story Children’s Museum also has a wonderful large waterplay floor, with elephant trunk-style blow dryers that kids can use if their clothes get wet. There’s MakeShop, a fun Maker Studio, where kids and companions, assisted by the museum staff, handle wood, carpentry tools, wires and other material used by professionals to build their own creations or invent something new. Regularly scheduled events inspire young creators and, according to the museum, “Visiting indie crafters, hackers and inventors also stop by too.”
Stay at the Springhill Suites Pittsburgh North Shore which is a block away from this museum, the Warhol Museum, and centrally located to other attractions. Check out their site for late summer and autumn deals; a $109/night rate for a suite with fridge, microwave, coffemaker and breakfast, sleeping 4, can be booked with the code ADP.
Very Saint Louis for Families
As the first traveling show of Mr. Carle’s work, “Very Eric Carle” will be moving to The Magic House in St. Louis, Missouri, from October 10, 2015 to January 24, 2016. The exhibition, produced by the award-winning museum and the Eric Carle Museum, is expected to tour for up to 10 years.
If you need more of an incentive to visit the heart of the Midwest (and there are lots of other fun family activities), check out FTF’s family attractions in St. Louis guide.
Very Amherst for Families
If you’re not heading to Pittsburgh or Saint Louis, take the family north at any time to the leaf peeping kingdom of New England. Base your stay in Amherst, where the back to school population is busy putting on shows, free concerts, football games and more. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is presenting “The Art of Eric Carle: From A to Z” through March 20, 2016. This show at the artist’s own museum showcases artwork which corresponds to a letter in the alphabet, highlighting pieces from “A House for Hermit Crab,” “The Mixed Up Chameleon,” “The Foolish Tortoise” and more.
Visitors will recognize familiar favorites, such as a scene from “The Very Lonely Firefly” (representing the letter V for Carle’s “Very” series), and be able to see Carle’s graphic art that has never been on public display before. In addition, the museum collects picture book art from around the world and has a regular schedule of talks and readings.
For information about places to stay and other local activities, here’s Allison Tibaldi’s account of her family weekend in the Pioneer Valley.
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