Exhibitions for Children at the Smithsonian
This month, there are two new exhibitions at the Smithsonian which can be interesting for children and parents alike. Ideal for a rainy weekend!
- Through the Eyes of the Eagle: Illustrating Healthy Living for Children
This exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC and New York, NY shows the watercolor illustrations featured in the Eagle Books – a book series on diabetes prevention developed specifically for American Indian schoolchildren but are nevertheless applicable to all children regardless of ethnicity. The illustrations show animal characters encouraging healthy lifestyles by returning to traditional ways, including eating healthy food and doing physical exercise. This exhibition is recommended by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) which helped developed the Eagle Books series. There are even free downloadable coloring books for the kids on the site. The exhibition runs from October 3, 2008 – January 4, 2009.
- Wall Stories: Children’s Wallpaper and Books
This exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum features illustrations which appeared on children wallpapers and later on books – from Peter Rabbit to Cinderella to Dick Tracy. It also traces how children’s books have evolved over the years, from just plain instructional to fictional, from plain 2D to 3D (pop up books, etc.). Click on the image gallery for a preview of some of the exhibits. The exhibit runs from October 3, 2008 – April 5, 2009.