Mo Willems is the beloved artist and author who brought us Elephant Gerald and Piggie, Knuffle Bunny and The Pigeon. His work and his characters are the focus of The Pigeon and Pals! A Mo Willems Art and Play Exhibit, the newest exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Open to the public February 8 – May 10, 2020, you’ll want to gather your children and spend some time diving in to the fun in this exhibit.
The Pigeon and Pals! Mo Willems Exhibit
There are so many things to do in this exhibit, kids and their adults can spend hours here engaged in high energy play or snuggling up with a book. The Pigeon & Pals! exhibit is located on the second floor of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, which can be accessed by elevator, the ramp or stairs. This exhibit is housed in the same space that was previously occupied by the Paw Patrol exhibit.
Among other fun things to do, guests will:
- Make Elephant and Piggie dance with old-time animation
- Spin a washing machine to look for Knuffle Bunny
- Launch foam hot dogs at The Pigeon
- Create art inspired by Willems’ characters
- View original illustrations from all 25 books in the Elephant & Piggie series
Pigeon and Pals in Spanish + Accessibility
Mo Willems books are available in both Spanish and English and so is this exhibit! The signage is in Spanish and the elements of the exhibit are also in Spanish and English!
Another element of design that I appreciate and recognize in this exhibit and others at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is their accessibility for children who might be in a wheel chair or require other assistance. The table areas allow for a child in a wheel chair to participate alongside children not in wheelchairs.
Art in the Mo Willems Exhibit
In addition to learning about Mo Willems, children will learn about his illustrations and have a chance to create their own. Mo felt it was important to make his illustrations easy to draw so anyone could draw them. There’s a light table so children can trace the characters on to paper to take home or hang in the gallery and there are areas to draw on a butcher paper roll covered table.
About half of the exhibit walls have been made in to an art gallery featuring the work of Mo Willems. I thought this was a neat way to share the space with both play and art — much like the Rube Goldberg: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit at the Indiana State Museum.
The Studio in the Pigeon and Pals Exhibit
Programming is offered daily in The Studio within the exhibit. Families can learn about illustrating and writing during special programs. The schedule is posted online and on the board outside of The Studio. This is an area that my oldest kids LOVE visiting and participating in the special lessons.
Admission to The Children’s Museum
Get free admission to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and see the Pigeon and Pals exhibit for free on Presidents’ Day.
Some families are eligible for $2 admission to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with the Indiana Access Pass.
On the first Thursday of every month, get in for only $5 from 5pm – 8pm.