Opens Nov. 16
DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville
You probably don't need to look any farther than
your vacation photos to realize that monuments play an important
role in our lives. Whether it's Mt. Rushmore, the Lincoln Memorial
or the Eiffel Tower, these architectural wonders have a
significance that's hard to escape.
That's why DuPage Children's Museum is launching a
new exhibit - Monumental! - that examines how monuments and
architecture impact children.
"Architecture is an important melding of art, math,
science," says Marcia MacRae, public programs manager for the
museum. "And there are certain places that have emotional impact
that are common to all cultures."
The museum partnered with the National Hellenic
Museum and the National Museum of Mexican Art, both in Chicago, to
concentrate on two main cultures: Mayan and Greek. The exhibit
focuses on the pyramids at Chichen Itza and the Acropolis of
Athens, allowing children to consider the similarities and
differences between the iconic types of architecture and then
experiment with building their own.
MacRae says a highlight will be a reproduction of
Athena's foot, based on the 40-foot statue of the goddess that used
to stand in the Parthenon.
Other highlights for kids include pretend play with
elaborate costumes, shadow tables that explore how the sun travels
over buildings, building projects and inserting themselves into the
ancient friezes on the Parthenon.
Along with the exhibit, which is original to DuPage
Children's Museum, the museum will present programming. The Tiny
Great Performance series showcases Greek dance on Dec. 7, Aztec and
Mayan dance on Feb. 22 and a hybrid performance by Perceptual
Motion Dance on Jan. 11.
According to MacRae, it all adds up to "a
Elizabeth Diffin is the associate editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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