The traveling exhibit Sesame Street Presents: The Body arrived at the Bishop Museum on April 7 and last week I finally got a chance to check it out with my kids.
The goal of the exhibit is to educate children about their bodies and how to keep them healthy. Designed for children ages 2 to 8, the displays have a lot of interactive and hands-on elements to them, which make them fun for everyone. It feels more like play than learning, which is how learning should be.
To teach the importance of exercise and being active there are several activities where kids (and adults too) can actually get exercise doing things like pushing themselves in a wheelchair or kicking a soccer ball. Instead of just reading or hearing about the importance of being active kids can have fun being active right there at the museum.
The section on digestion has crazy looking apparatus that illustrate the main steps of digestion, ending with poop. My kids thought that was great.
Sesame Street Presents: The Body also gives kids a chance to learn about healthy eating with a little food counter where they can order and make pretend sandwiches and a grocery store where they can pretend to shop for healthy items. There are other sections I haven’t mentioned here and I hope you get a chance to check it all out yourself sometime soon. If you’ve already been, what did you think? What did your kids like best?
Do it yourself on Oahu through July 30, 2012:
Location: 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
Directions: Why reinvent the wheel? Click here for directions to the museum from wherever you might be.
Hours: 9am to 5pm Wednesday to Monday (i.e. closed on Tuesdays) Closed on Christmas
Parking: Lots of free parking right in front of the museum.
Facilities: Restrooms in each building. Café and gift shop in the entrance building. Retail store adjacent to this exhibit.
Cost: Admission to the Bishop Museum, which includes all permanent and visiting exhibits: Adults $17.95, Seniors (65 and over) $14.95, Children ages 4-12 $14.95, Children 3 and under are free. They have reduced rates for kama’aina and military visitors with proper identification. To save money, consider purchasing a membership (they are several levels available) or be on the lookout for free admission days – they have a couple a year and I try to post them on the Weekend Events page when they occur.
Other: They allowed outside food. We’ve taken lunch and had a picnic on the lawn in the past.
More About the Bishop Museum: Bishop Museum’s Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center, Hawaiian Hall and the Kahili Room