The Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe) opens Kids World Gallery on Wednesday, providing visitors with new exhibits focused on Evansville and its three sister cities: Tochigi-Shi, Japan; Osnabrück, Germany; and Tizimin, Mexico.
cMoe will host a gallery ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. The grand opening will include Latin American dancing, educational activities and food samples.
Interactive, hands-on learning experiences regarding family life, language, food, education, architecture, trade, city planning and government will highlight both the similarities and differences between the three unique cities.
In the gallery, museum-goers will pretend to be Evansville’s top leader, the Mayor. During the stop in the Mayor’s office, you’ll vote, learn about the essential services that city government provides, plan your own city, and create and display an artistic collage communicating what you most like about Evansville.
Through the gallery, visitors can tour Tizimin, and wander through an outdoor market where you can work at a restaurant, practice speaking Spanish words and phrases and compare animal Onomatopoeias to English.
Visit a school in Tochigi-Shi, where you can try your hand at writing Japanese Kanji characters, pack a healthy lunchbox and explore what’s inside a typical child’s backpack.
Explore the transportation systems of the city of Osnabrück by manipulating trains, cars, boats, buildings and landscape elements on a giant train table.
“The opportunity to make a connection that goes beyond our local community is very exciting. We believe learning about others helps us to learn about ourselves. This is true for both adults and children,” said Stephanie Terry, the Children’s Museum’s executive director. “An ability to appreciate cultural similarities and differences is more important now than ever.”
Operating hours will be:
Tuesday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.
“On behalf of the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau, our Board of Commissioners and staff are delighted to see Kids World at cMoe come to life. Our investment in this wonderful project proves that quality of life and tourism industry partnerships work well in Evansville. Congratulations to everyone who made the Kids World at cMoe a reality,” said Bob Warren, the Executive Director of Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
(This story was originally published on October 18, 2017)