The Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit
January 5 – March 23, 2014
Children will follow the yellow brick road to excitement this year in the Lisa Ann Watson Children's Discovery Museum with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! Each section of this exhibit, based on the book published in 1900 by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow, is an oversized three-dimensional page from the original story. These larger than life pop-up books dazzle the eyes and stimulate the mind. Children will follow the yellow brick road to each component that offers educational activities and fun learning through play. This innovative, interactive, literacy-based traveling exhibit allows children to delve into art, history and science through the magic of this timeless story, as a love of reading and storytelling is instilled.
The Wizard of Oz movie will be shown at the opening; children will be invited to come dressed as their favorite Wizard of Oz character.
In Dorothy’s House children will learn about life on the farm as they dress up and role play, collect and count eggs, learn about water and sun, find out about animals and think about what makes their own home special. They will appreciate the awesome power of a Tornado. They will role play in a house and learn about tolerance for diverse people in The Land of the Munchkins with a play house, try-on clothes and a diversity puppet show. The Tin Woodman will teach children about having a heart – the “real thing” that pumps blood through their bodies – and being emotionally caring and kind. Scarecrow will show how brains are different sizes in different animals; with brain teaser activities, animal pictures and puzzles children will understand how they are smart in a variety of ways. Art stations stocked with unique materials will allow children to creatively express their own ideas and thoughts, as shape, color, size transparency, and other concepts are explored. Produced and toured by Great Explorations Children’s Museum; Designed and fabricated by Bruce Barry’s Wacky World Studios.
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For more information about the Lisa Ann Watson Children's Discovery Museum, please contact Suzy Breitner.
With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is funded by The Children's Trust. The Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.