A map of the skeletal system on a wall watched over it all.
That was the lively scene at the
The exhibit, replacing one focused on nutrition and well-being, continues the museum's eight-year partnership with
When pink hospital gauze -- a substitute for the traditional ribbon -- was cut, the focus changed to an exhibit intended to help children be emotionally prepared should they have to visit a hospital.
"The experience is to discover things on their own and experience the real world . . . at their own pace," said
"My first impression was that it was great. The kids and the parents were having a good time," Dr.
The museum has been constructing the exhibit for about two months, and planning it for four. Everything in the exhibit, according to
"Everything we build we have to fit through a single doorway," Orleans said, motioning to the bright red doorway that opens into the
The workshop is packed with saws and tools, as well as oddities on the walls and floors, such as a baby doll perched above the door with a spear, breakfast-food cutouts stuck to the wall, and a palm tree cutout leaning against shelving.
"This is our art studio, I would say," Orleans said.
And everything created in the bizarre backroom studio, Orleans said, is designed in hopes that children will enjoy it.
The children, on Friday, seemed to be enjoying the variety of exhibits already on display in the museum.
"It was fun. The dinosaur part was fun," said 5-year-old
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