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by Judy Antell


   If you think your kids are growing up too fast, the new exhibit at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum may confirm it.  Growing Up with The Berenstain Bears, just open, has a “When I Grow Up” game, where kids can experiment with different career choices, and try on uniforms from different jobs.  

   Bear County environments are re-created for this exhibit; the familiar Tree House front door leads visitors into the Berenstains’ Living Room to play interactive games.  In the Bear Country School Classroom, kids can pretend to be the teacher, and can put together a puzzle or a model of the classroom.  Like any school, it has a recess time; here, kids can play hopscotch.  Word to the wise: Parents should not attempt to jump from box to box.  A video camera is set up in the classroom, so kids can watch other kids as they appear onscreen.

   In another area, there are two computers where kids can have 'live' chats with Brother and Sister Bear.  There's a video camera here, too, so kids can appear onscreen with the bears.

   The exhibit, with text in English and Spanish, also includes Back to the Drawing Board, where families can work together to create endings for unfinished stories.  There is a Tree House where you can build a fort; kids can lend a “paw” to share chores and prepare a meal in the Berenstains’ Kitchen. In Skull Rock’s cave, kids where can make shadow puppets.  For fans of the Berenstain Bears book series, there are plenty of copies; you can curl up in the ‘cubhouse’ with a book.

   Special events in conjunction with the exhibit include a Family Science Workshop, ‘Grin and Bear It’, on November 11, 2006, where kids can learn about the teeth of different animals, and why Brother and Sister Bear need to go to the dentist; and an early learner workshop on November 19.

   Growing Up with The Berenstain Bears, best for kids under age 5, runs through January 7, 2007.

Where: 145 Brooklyn Ave., at St. Marks Ave.

When: Wednesday-Friday, 1-6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am–6pm

How much:
Admission is $5 person; FREE Saturdays and Sundays before noon

For more info:
(718) 735-4400; www.brooklynkids.org

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