Two times a year our talented curatorial staff design, create and fabricate engaging exhibits in our Changing Gallery. Exhibit themed family workshops, performances and family art projects add to this exhibit experience.
American Native: First Nations Tales
Sept 23, 2020 - January 16, 2022
American Native: First Nations Tales explores the stories of fifteen tribes from four regions of the United States. Their stories are deeply cultural and reflect the natural wonder of and the close relationship to the land in which we live. Little visitors can put on a pair of moccasins and enter a Plains teepee to hear the Cheyenne tale of QuillWorker, then pat the travois-pulling dog and ride the war horse. In the Pacific North West, they can sit in a Makah style canoe, touch a ‘totem pole’ and listen to the story of Clamshell Boy inside a redwood lodge. Visitors can play Tongva games and musical instruments in the California area, and watch a video of Acjachemen storyteller Jacque Nunez explaining why there are earthquakes when the Turtle Brothers move. Kids can play lacrosse, pat a moose and enter a birchbark wigwam before reading the tale of Little Firefly in the North East. Tribal stories are a great way to explore the original American cultures in a fun, immersive environment, opening a pathway to understanding that kids from every background enjoy stories and story-telling.
February 15, 2022
Rain forests are a vital link in the healthy ecology of our planet. Many strange, beautiful and endangered plants and animals that live in rain forests are found nowhere else in the world. You can become a rain forest ranger and start a mission to save the forest when you enter The Children’s Museum at La Habra’s new Changing Gallery exhibit, Rainforest Rangers. Visitors will get equipped with survival vests and pick up their assignment clipboards at the Ranger Station. Ride in the Jungle Jeep to the interior where you can climb the levels of the tree canopy. Did you know the biggest eagle on Earth lives in the canopy? A Harpy Eagle is bigger than you! Check to make sure she’s doing well! Then visit the Forest Floor where you can see live creatures that inhabit the thick layer of leaves. Are they healthy? How many are there? Be sure to mark your clipboard! Play the Tapir Drum and the Percussion Vines in the Jungle Music Area, and build your own gorilla nest in the Primate Zone. How many foods and products come from the rainforest? Mark your checklist! Be sure to pick up the take-home information that tells you what to do at home to help save the rainforests and be a Rainforest Ranger!