There was a collective tantrum thrown by toddlers all over Indiana a few weeks ago, as the popular Dora and Diego exhibit left the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. But this museum is never one to disappoint, especially little ones, so Dora gave a big high five to a special group of frogs on her way out the door. You can do the same beginning this Saturday, September 17, as the Frogs: A Chorus of Colors exhibit opens to the public.
Hailing from Pennsylvania, this exhibit is the most advanced traveling frog exhibit of its kind in the country. It certainly sounds spectacular, and includes authentic habitats featuring live plants, rock ledges and waterfalls. The habitats will house 15 different frog species. And these are not your run-of-the-mill backyard varieties. I especially want to check out the Waxy Monkey frog (with opposable thumbs!) and the African Clawed frog (which apparently looks as though it was flattened in an accident!)
As with every exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, plenty of hands-on activities will keep children engaged while educating them on this unique and fragile animal. Kids can wear frog costumes, play leap frog, listen to frog sounds, put together puzzles about frog habitats, and watch frog videos. There will also be opportunities to interact with the animal keepers.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will house this exhibit until January 2, 2012. Perhaps you can pair a frog visit with a trip to the museum’s popular haunted house, which runs from October 15-October 31, 2011. The museum is closed on Mondays, but open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sundays. Admission is $16.50 for adults and $11.50 for kids 2-17. (In the month of September, if you purchase tickets online and use the coupon code DIEGO918, you can receive one free youth admission with a paid adult admission.)
Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.