May 10, 2005
Your kids’ favorite characters from "Sesame Street" are about to embark on a nationwide, fiveyear road trip that begins in Arizona.
"Sesame Street Presents: The Body" — an interactive, educational exhibit that promotes good health and explores the human anatomy — will make its world premiere Saturday at Arizona Science Center in Phoenix.
"It’s a really interactive, fun and immersive experience," says Chevy Humphrey, president of the center. "Kids nowadays have so many things thrown at them with the media and Nintendo; we’re trying to provide an immersive experience where they create their own experience."
Kids will learn basic anatomy and health lessons, including what their intestines look like, and Count von Count will teach them how many bones are in their hands and feet. Other characters will show kids how to take a bath and brush their teeth, and the difference between "sometimes foods" and "everyday foods."
Grover will dance with young visitors while explaining the importance of aerobic exercise and keeping the body moving.
"We really wanted to respond to that crisis of childhood obesity and say, ‘Let’s learn about your body and why you need to keep it healthy,’ " Humphrey says.
Created by Sesame Workshop and Thinkwell Design & Production, the exhibit will stretch over 10,000 square feet at the science center. It includes an obstacle course, interactive screens and displays of human body parts.
Kids will even be able to stand under a giant mobile nose that sniffs. When it smells flowers, its nostrils will move calmly. When filled with germs or pepper, the nose will sneeze (water) on visitors.
"It’s perfect for our young visitors," Humphrey says.
’Sesame Street Presents: The Body’ When: Opens Saturday, continues through November Where: Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix Cost: $13 kids 5 to 12, $15 adults Information: (602) 716-2000 or www.azscience.org