Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius, designed for children 3 to 12 years, explores what life is like for children in China today through six different immersive environments. In the school, children will celebrate the annual holiday, National Teachers’ Day, while learning to write “thank you teacher” in Chinese characters on a touchscreen note pad. Visitors will take on the role of a researcher at the panda reserve and discover how the people of China are caring for this endangered species. The entire family will find exercise fun at the park by using playful equipment that encourages fitness for all ages. As food is an important cultural experience in China, children will shop in a traditional neighborhood market filled with a variety of fish, fruits and vegetables and then prepare a healthy meal while working in the restaurant. In the home, visitors will learn how families celebrate the Chinese New Year and then will participate in a daily dragon parade led by a traditional dragon headdress at the Great Achievement Hall.
Ancient practices will be explored in modern ways as computer interactives invite children to experience the art of paper cutting, discover their lunar calendar animal and play traditional musical instruments. A key focus of the exhibit will be the story of Confucius, the inspirational teacher and moral leader still considered to be a hero to children in China today. Confucius’ beliefs about the importance of family, education and traditions have been at the center of Chinese culture for over 2,500 years and served as a foundation for the development of Children’s China.
Experience a unique opportunity to witness the vibrant and significant Chinese New Year Tradition: the Spring Festival Dragon Parade! Dress up in traditional Chinese clothing and parade around the museum with our Chinese Dragon welcoming in the New Year every day! This parade will be held daily in the museum.
Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character & Confucius is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums.