GADSDEN, AL: Seven beloved children’s storybooks come to life in Imagination Place’s new exhibition, “Storyland: A Trip through Childhood Favorites.”
The exhibit opens to the public this Saturday, February 10 at 10 am. The opening will include a chance for children to enjoy cookies with the mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie from 10 am to 11 am. Hardin Center members are able to enjoy special members-only preview days on February 7, 8, and 9. Non-members can join on-site and enjoy the preview days.
The highly engaging exhibit is a creation of the Minnesota Children’s Museum. Children and families are immersed in favorite picture books, from the gardens of The Tale of Peter Rabbit to the urban snowscape of The Snowy Day and the tropical island of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Storyland engages visitors in storylines that lead them to discover that it's never too early to develop a love of reading.
The exhibit utilizes matching, rhyming, and poetry to teach children to love books, learn words, tell stories, read everything, know letters, and hear sounds. The components are designed for children from birth to 8 and provide a wonderful venue for caregivers to interact with children.
Featured books in the 1,500 square foot exhibit are The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Abuela by Arthur Dorros, Tuesday by David Wiesner, and Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill.
Admission is $8 per person, free for children under 24 months, and free for Hardin Center members. Admission is good all day and includes the Hardin Center’s art exhibits and all of Imagination Place Children’s Museum. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1-5 pm on Sundays. Storyland will be open each day through May 28.
For more information, visit culturalarts.org or call the Hardin Center at (256) 543-2787.