Dora and Diego—Let's Explore!
Get ready to explore with Dora and Diego in the new exhibit Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! The exhibit features beloved characters Dora and Diego from Nickelodeon’s hit preschool series Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!, along with their friends Boots, Map, Backpack, Isa, Tico, and of course Swiper, now in their own exhibit for your preschooler to explore as they learn and play along.
EXHIBIT COMPONENTS AND INTERACTIVES
A graphic flat features illustrations of the exhibit areas, along with cutouts of Dora, Boots, Diego, and Baby Jaguar. Also included on the flat are images of The Map and logos for Nickelodeon, The Children’s Museum, and WellPoint Foundation or local affiliate. Built-in speakers will play theme songs.
Journey to the Purple Planet
A graphic flat photo op of Dora, Boots, and their five friends invite families to climb inside the rocket ship to return the space creatures to their Purple Planet homes.
- Astronauts can stand at the control panel to pull on the throttle, press the red comet-catcher button or turn the dial to countdown for blastoff.
- Above the control panel, a monitor plays clips of the Purple Planet episode, interspersed with static images of Dora giving directions to play at the controls.
- Spacesuits designed to look like Dora’s and Boots’ are available to try on.
- Astronauts can piece together a jigsaw puzzle featuring an image of Dora and Boots in the rocket.
- Astronauts can test their memories with the Planet Memory Game.
- Astronauts can look out the porthole to see outer space with images of planets, stars, constellations…and Swiper in his spaceship flying by.
- At a three-sided kiosk, children can insert star shaped disks into holes to light up the outlines of constellations.
- Children can jump or hop over moving images of space rocks, projected onto the floor.
Purple Planet Homes
- Home #1 – Space explorers can climb the stairs on one side and slide down the other. Graphic flats of Purple Planet vegetation surround the base.
Isa’s Flowery Garden
A graphic cutout of Isa invites families to help her care for her garden. Designed for our youngest visitors (nine months to two years), Isa’s Garden features soft spaces, scents, and tactile experiences. Parents can play with their children using puppets and interactive flowers.
- for children - sniffing flowers, mirror flowers, shape sorting flowers, flowers to plant and pick
- for parents - butterfly flowers that flap their wings when parents activate a lever on the back of the bush
- Children can try on bird and butterfly wings.
Props and Puppets for children and adults
- Parents can put on bugs, birds, and caterpillar puppets to interact with their children in the garden.
- Mini garden tools and watering cans will be available for role playing.
Tico’s Nutty Forest
A graphic cutout of Tico the squirrel invites families to help him pick nuts for a picnic. Next to Tico will be an oak tree with brown balls (“nuts”) falling out of the branches. On the other side of the tree, a cutout of Swiper offers opportunities to swipe
the nuts and hide them or to fend off snatching with “Swiper, no swiping!”
Tree/ Tico’s Home
- There is an opening in the sculpted oak tree trunk so that children can put “nuts” into the tree and see balls travel up and out the branches. Balls can be collected in baskets on the ground under branches.
- Speech bubbles on graphic flats of Tico (on one side) and Swiper (on the other) invite participation.
- A replica of Tico’s car offers opportunities to climb-in and sit behind the wheel. In the trunk, children can put additional nuts in the basket.
- Help Tico fix his flat tire; pump and watch the tire inflate.
- Families can put “nuts” into the gas pump to fill up Tico’s gas tank. Toddlers help by loading nuts into the gas pump through a series of obstacles, then exit onto a tray.
Animal Rescue Center
- A graphic cutout of Alicia asks families to help Diego care for animals he’s rescued from the rainforest. Children can pick up a rescuer vest to wear as they enter the space.
- Children can put stuffed animals on a scanning bed; RFID tags on the animals trigger the start of a program on the monitor. The scanner identifies the rainforest animal, offers a fun fact, then guides the child through diagnosing a health problem, such as tummy trouble, splinters, bruises, or sore throats.
- Children can follow up the diagnosis by listening to the animal’s heart with a play stethoscope, applying a cold pack, or giving pretend food or water to their rainforest patients.
- Young explorers can give a pretend bath to stuffed animals at a tabletop tub, then step on a foot pedal to activate dryers. Eight cubbies next to the tub can hold stuffed animals. Each cubby will be labeled with an illustration, field journal fact, and a fun fact.
A graphic of Diego and Click will greet families entering the maze. Click’s speech bubble will invite families to help Diego find animals hidden in the maze. Children can use a dial on Click’s lens to scroll through illustrations of the hidden animals.
Jump, Climb, and Swing
- River “rocks” - Families can hop over graphic images of rocks in a river, printed on the carpet.
- Fallen log - Explorers can crawl through a log as they look for animals. A tree frog is hidden under the flap on top of the log.
- Monkey Bars - Children can swing on the bars like the Bobo Brothers.
- Jaguar Mountain - Young explorers can test their rock-climbing skills on a low horizontal climbing wall.
Search for hidden animals
- Additional rainforest animals are hidden from sight under flaps or on turntables activated by dials.
Pirate Piggies’ Ship
A graphic cutout of the Pirate Piggies’ captain recruits young pirates and reminds them of the four pirate rules. The ship itself– with mast, sail, wheel, and deck provides an immersive role-playing experience.
- Put on pirate vests and join the crew!
Divvy Up the Treasure
- At a graphic of two Pirate Piggies holding piggy banks, children can help the Pirate Piggies share the treasure in the chest. As they insert coins in the banks, they will watch as a counter records each pirate’s share. The coins will slide down and into the treasure chest for a reset option.
Ship’s wheel and pirate flag
- Pirates can turn the wheel and hear the sounds of waves and seagulls or pull the rope to raise the pirate piggy flag.
A graphic cutout of Boots in his pirate costume invites families to look through the two telescopes to see an image and spot the “hidden” treasure chest.
Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with Nickelodeon, the Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! exhibit is presented by the WellPoint Foundation.
© 2012 Viacom International Inc. All rights reserved. Nickelodeon, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go! and all related titles, logos, and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.
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