We were invited to visit the Discovery Cube OC this past weekend to check out the interactive Eric Carle Exhibit (running through May 14). No doubt, your kids are fans of Eric Carle of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We are too! And with one son who is showing pretty remarkable artistic abilities, we were super excited to visit this hands on exhibit. This colorful exhibit invites families to step into the pages of Eric Carle’s books. His classic “Very” series, all illustrated in his hand-painted tissue paper collage technique, introduce five special insects who take journeys of discovery. Each story is a testament to Eric Carle’s’ love of nature, his respect for the emotional lives of children, and his recurring themes of friendship creativity, and the power of imagination.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar is about hope. You, like the little caterpillar, will grow up, unfold your wings, and fly off into the future. Cue the mama tears…
- The Very Busy Spider is about work. We need to work and finish our tasks despite our many distractions, like iPads…
- The Very Quiet Cricket is about love. Crickets and people alike go in search of a suitable mate. We’re going to start rereading this when the kids are in their late 20’s…
- The Very Lonely Firefly is about belonging. We all want to belong to a group, a family, and our own fellow creatures. No better time, like the present political climate, to reenforce this theme with the kids.
- The Very Clumsy Click Beetle is about persistence. Each of us faces some obstacles in life, but we need to try again until we overcome the challenges. This is one of my fave’s for sure!
I would say this exhibit is best for ages 2 – 8 years old. I love the area where this is set up. It was really easy for me to let the kids explore on their own and not feel like I had to be on top of them. As with all the exhibits at the Discovery Cube OC, I never had to worry about my kid’s being too rough with something (mine are not the Bam Bam type anyway, but still, I like to make sure they are always respecting where we are).
This weaving wall had me trying to figure out how to incorporate it in to my home…
Each area let you immerse yourself in the books. And as with many of the exhibits the Discovery Cube OC puts on, kids can use them in different ways and keep themselves busy. My oldest liked this balanced leaf because he said it was like a skateboard. They loved playing in the tall blades of grass and putting themselves in the Click Beetle’s shoes.
The full list of interactive exhibit activities include:
- Create your own butterfly using light and color through shadow play
- Test your dexterity, strength and flexibility as you step through a giant, web-like structure
- Compose a night symphony
- Spin your own web on a large weaving wall
- Test your balance as you rummage across a pile of pebbles
- Crawl through tall blades of grass
It was a trip being among life-sized pages from the books we’ve been reading our kids since they were babies. And we continue to read them now. There were tons of fun photo opportunities everywhere you turned.
Our favorite part, though, might have been the drawing table. My 8-year-old loves to draw so I knew he would want to spend some time here.
Not only could you draw, but you could also create your very own Hungry Caterpillar out of paper and try your hand at making collages just like Eric Carle makes to create the art for his books. As he started to add more color and details, more and more people would stop to check out his work. And I am so glad that I was already taking pictures of him when someone called him and artist. His face lit up and he was so proud. What a cool moment!The Eric Carle exhibit is really cool. I’m sure you will love it as much as the kids!
2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Included in the price of general admission!
January 28, 2017 – May 14, 2017
We were hosted by the Discovery Cube OC for a media preview of the exhibit.
Looking for more family fun in Orange County and the surrounding areas??