Embark on a vibrant adventure curated in close collaboration with St. Louis' Argentine community. We've brought a slice of Argentina to you, recreating the daily experiences of Argentine children right here at CDM.
The exhibit is a captivating blend of culture and curiosity, with five immersive environments mirroring the familiar sights and sounds of Argentina today. Each space is a playground for young minds, sparking imagination and igniting questions that lead to a deeper understanding of Argentine life and culture.
Explore the traditions that take place in an Argentine home. Family is extremely valued in Argentina and members of the family tend to stay close even after children move out. These families often have a unique European background which plays a role in their traditional cuisine.
• Learn how to make traditional Argentine food like gnocchi and empanadas to serve at the kitchen table.
•Prepare asado, or barbequed meats, on the grill in the backyard.
• Dress up for Tradition Day to celebrate the gaucho and the many traditions of Argentina.
Discover the differences you see in Argentine schooling.
• Dress up in the same uniforms that students and teachers wear today.
• Practice Spanish numbers, words and phrases at the chalkboard or at a desk.
• Create an Argentine flag to take home with you.
Instead of recess, students often receive a short break after each class. Students are encouraged to play outside or buy a snack from the Kiosco.
• Observe the selection of candy and treats sold at the Kiosco.
• Try on a jersey and practice your penalty kick as a player on Argentina’s National Futbol team.
• Take a picture with Lionel Messi, one of the world’s best futbol (soccer) players and a cultural hero in Argentina.
Markets – Butcher, Bakery, Produce
Journey through iconic markets brimming with delectable sweets, pastries, and the world-famous Argentine beef.
• Use a shopping bag to shop for different types of meat, pastries and produce at the different markets.
• Purchase groceries using pesos. How much would each item cost in US dollars?
• Bring groceries back to the Home to prepare on the grill and serve at the table.
This is the vibrant heart of artistic expression, where local talent gathers to craft and showcase their masterpieces. La Boca is the birthplace of tango, a social partner dance.
• Create a street painting on a digital easel and view an art display.
• Take your photo as a tango dancer.
• Explore the streets of La Boca by opening the windows and doors found along the colorful buildings.
Argentina’s Niños was created by The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum and made possible by the Kent Family Foundation