This month Disney Junior "Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit" opened at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and will travel to other museums around the country in 2017. The exhibit is designed to model "care and compassion" for kids age 2-7 in immersive activities that reinforce the importance of health and well-being.
"Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit" is a bilingual (English/Spanish) interactive exhibit that will transport kids and families into Doc’s iconic backyard clinic and the McStuffins Toy Hospital. There, young visitors go on a "feel better adventure" as they
- Become "doctors in training," don a white coat and toy stethoscope,
- "Scrub in" (learning the importance of washing hands to avoid germs),
- Report to an "operating room" where they can fix seams on a toy bear,
- Assist in an "operation" on a toy dragon robot,
- Use Doc’s tools including a toy otoscope, stethoscope, thermometer and blood pressure cuff to give a Checkup to their own toys.
Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Junior, said,
"Doc McStuffins has already made a tremendous impact on how children see themselves and their possibilities by way of our popular TV series. We are delighted to now bring the show’s messages of care and compassion directly into communities across the country and we know we are in excellent hands with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. We look forward to having young visitors experience Doc’s playhouse clinic and toy hospital and learn firsthand about caring for themselves and for others."
Watch this video for a look at how Disney Junior collaborated with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
The exhibit is sponsored by Riley Children’s Health at Indiana University Health, home to one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals. The exhibit provides an opportunity for children to become comfortable in a healthcare setting.
"It is a heavy order to convince children that going to see the doctor is not scary," said Dr. Paul Haut, chief medical officer of Riley Children’s Health. "But it can be done through educational and interactive experiences, which help them understand that what we do is help keep people healthy. By teaching visitors about healthy habits, such as practicing good hand hygiene, exercising regularly and eating well, we hope this exhibit will put children’s minds at ease, while supporting our mission to keep all Hoosier children healthy."
The exhibit is scheduled through 2019, with stops currently planned for the Discovery Cube OC in Santa Ana, California; Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Children’s Museum of Atlanta in Georgia, to name just a few.