The award winning Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has outdone themselves again in their newest permanent exhibit, Take Me There China. This exhibit opens on May 10, 2014. Yesterday, I was able to attend a special social media preview for the exhibit. Without leaving the museum, the entire family was transported to modern day China.
Take Me There China replaces the Take Me There Egypt exhibit on the second floor. You enter through the “Take Me There Airlines” flight, where you learn to say hello in Chinese, and learn a few facts about China. Once you’ve “landed”, China awaits. You can travel via high speed train, explore traditional and modern Chinese homes, and learn about Chinese calligraphy. Brushes, water, and special scrolls made calligraphy lessons fun. There’s a special station that features a calligraphy video, which offers step by step instructions. In front of the Tea House, there was a large set up involving brushes the size of brooms, and a large floor scroll. Guests received an in-person lesson on writing numbers in Chinese.
Animal lovers will the Panda Rescue Center, where several stuffed baby pandas are ready to be nursed to health. Information about China’s efforts to save the endangered pandas is available as well. The model pandas around this area are very cute and worth a look.
The Chinese Opera House held enchanting costumes and an opportunity to use technology to try on stage make up. Outside the Opera House, there are a variety of musical instruments available for the trying, including a large drum, tradition bells, and other traditional instruments.
Additional areas of the exhibit include a traditional Chinese Medicine Shop, a food market and a tea house. There’s also a Chinese restaurant, where children can take orders, cook and serve felt food and work the cash register.
This exhibit is suitable for all ages, with a variety of hands on activities. Special demonstrations and presentations will take place in front of the Opera House, check the museum website for details.