Miffy and Friends Exhibit to Open at Chicago Children's Museum

Interactive Exhibit Opens in Chicago May 20th

May 19, 2006, 01:00 ET from Chicago Children's Museum

    CHICAGO, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Beloved characters from the popular
 children's book series and NOGGIN TV program Miffy and Friends, comes to
 Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) in a new exhibit May 20, 2006 -- September
 4, 2006. Geared to stimulate the youngest of imaginations, the Miffy and
 Friends exhibit is full of colorful and hands-on activities featuring
 interactive and educational elements based on the classic children's book
 character, Miffy. Miffy will make special appearances to greet young
 visitors at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m on opening day, Saturday, May 20, 2006.
     Highlights of the 600-square foot Miffy and Friends exhibit include: a
 child-size Miffy house and garden; a puppet theater, starring Miffy and
 Friends puppets; a school area with craft and reading tables, a computer
 kiosk featuring Miffy and Friends CD-ROM activities; a Miffy reading
 center; and an animal friends area focusing on texture, sorting, and
 matching-activities intended to enhance motor skills.
     "Chicago Children's Museum is delighted to present a fun and
 interactive exhibit where children and families have the wonderful
 opportunity to read, draw and play together," said Jennifer Farrington, CCM
 Chief Operating Officer/ Vice President of Education. "This exhibit creates
 the backdrop for early learning in a colorful, whimsical, literacy-based
 environment just right for preschoolers and their parents or educators."
     Miffy is an adorable white rabbit whose simple stories offer tiny
 lessons for everyday adventures and experiences. Written and illustrated by
 Dutch artist, Dick Bruna, the Miffy and Friends books have been guiding and
 enchanting young children for more than 50 years.
     Miffy and Friends books have been translated into more than 40
 languages and have sold nearly 85 million copies worldwide. Big Tent
 Entertainment is the publisher of Miffy and Friends in the United States
 and the licensing partner for the brand. For more information, visit
 http://www.miffy.com .
     Miffy's stop-motion, animated television series, "Miffy and Friends,"
 is one of NOGGIN's most popular television series. The half-hour pre-school
 show airs every day. "Miffy and Friends" weaves together simple animated
 tales with new interactive games in which Miffy introduces preschoolers to
 basic math concepts and helps them appreciate the relevance of mathematical
 relationships in our everyday world. NOGGIN is the commercial-free,
 educational network for preschoolers owned by Nickelodeon.
     Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) is a non-profit organization committed
 to creating a community where play and learning connect. CCM teaches
 children through hands-on daily multicultural programs and interactive
 exhibits. With over fifteen interactive exhibits, including The Allstate
 Foundation presents Play It Safe and new activities daily, every visit is
 unique for parents, caregivers, educators and children from toddlers to
     Admission is $8 per person; $7 for seniors and free for museum members
 and children under 1 year old. On Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m.-8:00
 p.m., admission is free during Kraft Free Family Night. During Target Free
 First Mondays, admission is free for children 15 years old and younger the
 first Monday of every month.
     Located at Navy Pier, Chicago's number one attraction at 700 East Grand
 Avenue, CCM is the final stop for CTA buses #29, #65, #66, and #124. For
 more information, please visit http://www.ChiChildrensMuseum.org .

SOURCE Chicago Children's Museum