Curious George Returns to Orlando Science Center
Get Curious with Everyone’s Favorite Monkey with Exhibit and Feature-Length Movie
|Exhibit Opens Saturday, May 17|
|The insatiable curiosity of Curious George — the little monkey who has captured the imagination and hearts of millions of children and adults for 65 years — comes to life Saturday, May 17 at Orlando Science Center. The exhibit, “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!”, will introduce young children to Curious George’s world and lead visitors on a fun and meaningful math, science and engineering-based adventure. The exhibit will be on display at the Science Center through the summer.
Based on the familiar characters in H.A. and Margret Rey’s classic stories published by Houghton Mifflin, “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious” inspires young children’s natural curiosity as they explore early science, math and engineering through hands-on interactive play. The immersive exhibit environment takes place in the neighborhood where Curious George lives with his friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat. The “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!” exhibit is sponsored by 3M, and locally presented by Florida Blue with support from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
The exhibit features the familiar characters in H.A. and Margret Rey’s classic stories and the television series produced by Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston and Universal Studios Family Productions airing on PBS KIDS® (check local listings) and recipient of a Daytime Emmy® Award-nomination for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program.
The exhibit’s content is based on educational standards developed by Minnesota Children’s Museum and an expert advisory panel to the PBS KIDS series, as well as national science and math standards for young children. The exhibit is designed, developed and built by Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with Universal Studios Consumer Products Group.
The immersive exhibit environment takes place where Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat live. Insatiably curious, George lives to find new things to discover, touch, spill and chew. Learn like George — through direct experiences and problem solving.
This engaging exhibit features several areas, including:
Operate wheels to move George on pulleys from window to window. Climb the fire escape and climb inside to play with color, light and shadow.
Play customer or salesperson and explore shape, sorting, weighing and counting with fruit and vegetables.
Climb into the construction trailer and design a building, then make use of a bounty of building materials and get to work constructing different structures and using machines to move materials.
Enjoy the urban green space: rest or give a hug to a full-size George and take a picture! Our youngest visitors will enjoy our busy wall activities for babies and toddlers.
Use pipes, ramps, funnels, turntables, bumpers and force to experiment with physics and engineering as you putt through three holes of mini golf.
Climb into the rocket Curious George took on his space adventure! Catch a glimpse of George in his space suit then take a picture from the control station and email it home.
Take a vacation to the country and visit the farm. Experience cause and effect and use wind power to move yard art like whirligigs, windmills, windsocks, and wind chimes. Build your own whirligig and care for the farm animals.
Learn new things about George when you visit the Museum within the Museum. Follow H.A. and Margaret Rey’s work, the escape from France to safety during World War II that saved the Curious George manuscript, and Curious George throughout the years.
The return engagement of “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious” features the 2,500-square-foot experience as compared to its first run at the Science Center in spring 2011 which was the 1,500-square-foot version.
And for four days only (May 15 – May 18), see “Curious George” in the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience. When The Man In The Yellow Hat befriends Curious George in the jungle, they set off on a non-stop, fun-filled journey through the wonders of the big city toward the warmth of true friendship. The 88-minute-long film features the voice talents of Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore.
The exhibit “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious” and the film “Curious George is included with admission to Orlando Science Center, which is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3 – 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant screen and 3-D educational films, one Hollywood feature-length film, and live programming.