Everyone knows Clifford the Big Red Dog. He has been around for over 50 years–first as a very popular series of picture books and then as a television show. Now he’s an interactive museum exhibit too.
This exhibit, designed by the Minnesota Children’s Museum, happens to be at my old library (the one I grew up going to) for the summer, and we stopped there briefly when we visited recently. My six-year-old could have played for hours in Clifford’s World just like she has in the Our World exhibit at the MN Children’s Museum. She served us lunch at the restaurant (while I pointed out the sign that talked about teamwork) and delivered mail all around Birdwell Island (which gave me the opportunity to point out the other signs about being kind, playing fair, and more).
It’s hard not to like Clifford. He always has good intentions even if things don’t always go right the first time. He might be a lot bigger than the preschoolers who love him, but he’s not so different from them.
The exhibit will be back in Minnesota in September at the Rochester location of the MN Children’s Museum and in the Twin Cities in October. It’s well worth your time if you have a young Clifford fan in your family who would enjoy exploring Birdwell Island and seeing a nine foot tall Clifford statue up close.