Experience the museum exhibit based on Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning television series Doc McStuffins as it opens at Creative Discovery Museum (CDM). Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit opens January 14, 2023 and will run through May 7, 2023.
Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning Doc McStuffins is an imaginative animated series about a six-year-old girl who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and broken toys out of her backyard playhouse clinic and in the magical McStuffins Toy Hospital. Created and executive-produced by Humanitas Prize and Emmy Award-winning Chris Nee, the series has been lauded globally for its modeling of good health practices and imparting to young viewers the importance of taking care of oneself and others.
The exhibit is a highly interactive English and Spanish bilingual experience that will transport kids and families from Doc’s backyard clinic to the McStuffins Toy Hospital. There, families are invited to help Doc perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients, while learning about healthy habits, compassion, and nurturing care. Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health, the state’s only comprehensive pediatric health system, has partnered with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to provide 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 a tease, while supporting our mission to keep all children healthy.”
“Doc McStuffins serves as a great role model to children and adults, encouraging them to explore the importance of taking care of their own bodies as well as caring for others,” said Henry Schulson, President and CEO of CDM. “Through imaginative play, we hope our visitors will learn more about health, science, and medicine and discover that children can be anything they want to be when they grow up.”
This exhibit was produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Disney Junior. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. Disney character live appearances are not part of the exhibit.
Doc McStuffins is the first exhibit to be hosted in CDM’s new Temporary Exhibit gallery located on the first floor of the Museum. The gallery was created as part of the Museum’s Ignite Discovery capital campaign and will enable the Museum to continue its tradition of bringing travelling exhibits to Chattanooga from the nation’s leading children’s museums and science centers.
About Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health
For more than90 years, Riley at IU Health has been one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals. Each year, Riley and Indiana University Health provides compassionate care, support, and comfort to 215,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation and the word. Physicians at Riley at IU Health provide comprehensive care, from the routine to the most complex, in every field of pediatric medicine and surgery. Riley IU Health is nationally ranked as atop children’s hospital by “U.S. News & World Report” and is the only nationally ranked children’s hospital in Indiana. Part of Indiana University Health, Riley at IU Health enjoys a unique partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, giving our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology.
About Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) is a non-profit, hands-on, children’s museum providing educational programs and exhibits in the arts and sciences. The Museum services nearly 300,000 individuals annually through museum visits, educational programs, free and reduced-price admission and much more. CDM is a prime tourist attraction and ranks among the best children’s museums in the country. The Museum’s vision is to make our community the best place for a child to grow up.
Visit us every day except Wednesday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 321Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. To learn more, visit cdmfun.org and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.