By Leigh Williams, Contributing Writer
Curiosity will be the theme of the day on Saturday, April 26 when area families are invited to “celebrate curiosity and explore art, science and the outdoors at Curiosity Day at Cedarhurst.”
WSIU, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University, and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, with support from sponsors SIU Credit Union and Modern Woodmen of America, have organized what they describe as a “fun-filled family event.” Curiosity Day is free and open to the public.
“Kids and families will enjoy photo opportunities with PBS KIDS costume characters Curious George and the Man With the Yellow Hat, outdoor painting, making and flying kites, music and sound sculptures in the Sculpture Garden, planting seeds, making Curious George masks, building with Citi Blocks, watching Curious George videos, reading Curious George and other PBS KIDS books, the children’s art exhibit Art Rocks!, located in the Mitchell Museum Family Center, and more,” according to a release from WSIU.
According to pbs.org, Curious George is an Emmy-winning animated series, based on the books by Margret and H.A. Rey, which airs daily on PBS KIDS.
The series is aimed at preschool viewers and both introduces and inspires the exploration of science, engineering and math. “George lives to find new things to discover, touch, spill, and chew. Everything is new to George and worth investigating. Of course, in George’s hands — all four of them — investigation often leads to unintended consequences! Throughout George’s adventures, he encounters and models basic concepts in each of the three content areas.” the website states. “While remaining true to the look and feel of the beloved books, the daily series expands George’s world to include a host of colorful new characters and locales. Each episode features two animated stories followed by short live-action segments in which real kids investigate the ideas that George introduces in the stories.”
Curiosity Day will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon. All families will receive a free book after completing an event survey and will receive WSIU giveaways. Guests are asked to bring their own cameras and mobile devices to take photos. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.
WSIU’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at wsiu.org and on WSIU’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
WSIU’s programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.