If you're a former Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood fan, you probably remember his videos about how people in factories made things. Those short clips focused not only on the process it took to make a specific item, but also on the people manning the machines.
Now a new exhibit at the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville will give another generation of children the chance to see how everyday items are made. On Saturday, Oct. 27, "How People Make Things" will open at the museum.
Exhibit pieces feature items from the iconic show, including the infamous trolley and even Mr. Rogers' shoes. The interactive stations help kids learn about the machines and creative thinking that go into making everything from baseball bats to golf carts. Plus, there will be information about two local manufacturers: Navistar and Caterpillar.
"What's really exciting about this exhibit is it expands our audience a little bit more than people might associate with the DuPage Children's Museum," says T.J. Hicks, director of integrated marketing for the museum. "Kids 7 to 10 or even 12 years old will enjoy the process behind how things are made.
"That's not to say the younger audience won't also enjoy it," he says. "There's an amazing amount of color and unique components in the exhibit."
The How People Make Things exhibit was created by the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and the Fred Rogers Company. The exhibit will be at the museum through Jan. 27. For information, visit www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org.