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Friday, May 19, 2006

Miffy and Friends Exhibit to Open at Chicago Children's Museum

Miffy and Friends Exhibit to Open at Chicago Children's Museum

Interactive Exhibit Opens in Chicago May 20th

CHICAGO, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Beloved characters from the popular children's book series and NOGGIN TV program Miffy and Friends, comes to Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) in a new exhibit May 20, 2006 -- September 4, 2006. Geared to stimulate the youngest of imaginations, the Miffy and Friends exhibit is full of colorful and hands-on activities featuring interactive and educational elements based on the classic children's book character, Miffy. Miffy will make special appearances to greet young visitors at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m on opening day, Saturday, May 20, 2006.

Highlights of the 600-square foot Miffy and Friends exhibit include: a child-size Miffy house and garden; a puppet theater, starring Miffy and Friends puppets; a school area with craft and reading tables, a computer kiosk featuring Miffy and Friends CD-ROM activities; a Miffy reading center; and an animal friends area focusing on texture, sorting, and matching-activities intended to enhance motor skills.

"Chicago Children's Museum is delighted to present a fun and interactive exhibit where children and families have the wonderful opportunity to read, draw and play together," said Jennifer Farrington, CCM Chief Operating Officer/ Vice President of Education. "This exhibit creates the backdrop for early learning in a colorful, whimsical, literacy-based environment just right for preschoolers and their parents or educators."

Miffy is an adorable white rabbit whose simple stories offer tiny lessons for everyday adventures and experiences. Written and illustrated by Dutch artist, Dick Bruna, the Miffy and Friends books have been guiding and enchanting young children for more than 50 years.

Miffy and Friends books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have sold nearly 85 million copies worldwide. Big Tent Entertainment is the publisher of Miffy and Friends in the United States and the licensing partner for the brand. For more information, visit .

Miffy's stop-motion, animated television series, "Miffy and Friends," is one of NOGGIN's most popular television series. The half-hour pre-school show airs every day. "Miffy and Friends" weaves together simple animated tales with new interactive games in which Miffy introduces preschoolers to basic math concepts and helps them appreciate the relevance of mathematical relationships in our everyday world. NOGGIN is the commercial-free, educational network for preschoolers owned by Nickelodeon.

Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) is a non-profit organization committed to creating a community where play and learning connect. CCM teaches children through hands-on daily multicultural programs and interactive exhibits. With over fifteen interactive exhibits, including The Allstate Foundation presents Play It Safe and new activities daily, every visit is unique for parents, caregivers, educators and children from toddlers to 10-year-olds.

Admission is $8 per person; $7 for seniors and free for museum members and children under 1 year old. On Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., admission is free during Kraft Free Family Night. During Target Free First Mondays, admission is free for children 15 years old and younger the first Monday of every month.

Located at Navy Pier, Chicago's number one attraction at 700 East Grand Avenue, CCM is the final stop for CTA buses #29, #65, #66, and #124. For more information, please visit .

Source: Chicago Children's Museum

CONTACT: Beth Olsen of Goodman Media for Miffy and Friends, +1-212-576-2700, ext. 243, , or Breelyn Pete of Chicago Children's Museum, +1-312-464-7687,

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