AlegreMENTE/Happy Brain exhibit to be hosted by Youth Museum

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — The Youth Museum will be hosting its newest educational exhibit.

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Now open to the public, the exhibit is a bilingual Spanish/English educational experience, which will try to educate its visitors about early brain development in children.

The exhibit, AlegreMENTE | Happy Brain: Celebrating Early Connections is a whimsical forest themed experience. It focuses on the basics of early brain development, with interactive features such as a light-up tilt table, a dance studio, a creative storytelling game, creative area, and a fun baby area.

The AlegreMENTE | Happy Brain lets kids play while adults learn how simple tasks and interactions play a big part in a child’s development in all areas. This helps parents and caregivers understand they everything they need to help with their children’s brain development and to build healthy connections with them.

“Since strong, positive relationships and interactions with caregivers and parents are the most important part of early brain building, the developers focused on how to make the exhibition inviting for all ages. In particular, they wanted to provide a lot of opportunities for grownups to interact with their young children,” said Wendy Howerton, Program Specialist for the Youth Museum.

“The exhibit has been so successful we decided to bring back our popular Toddler Tuesday Art Days to go along with all the creative opportunities in AlegreMENTE | Happy Brain. We will be painting, drawing, and doing crafts” Howerton continued.

The exhibit was developed and produced by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and also collaborated with illustrator Johanna Kim to develop and create everything that would be a part of the exhibit. “When I was young, I loved listening to my mom’s stories. Her words came to life in my mind, sparking images, sounds, and even smells that fueled my imagination. I hope that visitors to AlegreMENTE have a similar sort of experience. Ultimately, the characters are, like my mom’s words, a springboard for kids and their caregivers to play, explore, and invent their own unique narratives,” said Kim.

The exhibit will be open the first week of September.

Classes will be for ages two to four and be held March 5, 2024, March 12, 2024, March 19, 2024, and March 26, 2024 from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Pre-registration is required. All classes for members will be $30 and $35 for non-members. Participants can pay online or in person at the Youth Museum.

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For more information about the Youth Museum, exhibits, and classes, call (304) 252-3730.

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