I love when a character from my childhood is beloved by my children. I have shared my love for Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street’s Bert & Ernie, and now Curious George. My children all loved that little scamp. My teen has a collection of Curious George dolls….shhhh don’t tell.
Of course, my only experience with Curious George was the books by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey. I have a memory of only reading Curious George — the original story. If memory serves me…some of the books are written by H.A.Rey and some by H.A. and Margret Rey. The more recent ones are written by co-authors since the Reys are deceased. (I did not know that the Reys escaped from Nazi Germany on bicycles with a draft of Curious George strapped the bike…George was then called Fifi.) My kids have read the original and the sequels like Curious George and the Firefighters, Curious George and the Airport, and Curious George Visits a School (if might be called Visits the Art Teacher, I’m not sure).
The only problem I have with the original Curious George is that dear old George is smoking the man with the yellow hat’s pipe. You can bet that when I was reading that page we always had a discussion about the dangers of smoking. The pipe aside…my kids can relate to George. They loved when George escaped from the jail. Do you remember that George was taken to jail by the police for calling in a 911 call? He was a new phone user. Again, this was another time when I could talk to the kids about what would be the right thing to do — Call 911 ONLY if someone is hurt.
As a child I recall reading the original Curious George book, but we didn’t own a copy. In fact, although my parents bought many books, my collection as a child pales in comparison to the collection I have amassed for my kids. As a kid do you remember when the Book Mobile came to school AND you could buy a book to take home? We are book lovers!
Recently I added a few books to our collection. I helped a friend sort out her kids’ stuff for a consignment appointment. In exchange she gave me her kids’ Curious George books. I was thrilled to be paid in books. My kids loved Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop, Curious George and the Firefighters, and Curious George at the Fire Station. For all Curious George stories in one place, check out The Complete Adventures of Curious George, Anniversary Edition.
Curious George is not just in books. He’s at Port Discovery…one of our favorite places to visit in Baltimore! Curious George is one of the traveling exhibits at Port Discovery through June 6. Admission to the Curious George exhibit is included in the admission to Port Discovery: $12.95 for people 2 through 102; children 2 and under are free! Good value — after 14 years of taking kids to children’s play centers, museums, amusement parks, and theaters…the admission at Port Discovery is good value for the whole family.
Regular hours for Port Discovery from October – Memorial Day:
- Tuesday – Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
- Box Office closes at 4:30 pm
Special hours at Port Discovery for the next few weeks:
- March 19: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
- March 29 – April 2: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
- April 5: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (this is the Monday after Easter)
- April 16: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
There is a second traveling exhibit — Joshua’s Journey: A Black Cowboy Rides the Chisholm Trail. My tween and teen would be very interested in this exhibit since both have been taught American history at school. The 6-year-old? He would love that the guy is a cowboy!
The Diner, Science and Tech, and Target Dollar Days!!
- The Diner area will reopen March 27. The Diner will be closed for renovation from now through March 26.
- Discover the Wonders of Science, Match, Engineering and Technology over Spring Break! From Monday, March 29 – April 5 enjoy a day of learning through play and enjoy exciting programs that will engage even the youngest of learners in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology including Fun with Magnets, NANO Day with Howard University and The Money Game. Plus enjoy special performances including New Moon Theater, The Kindersinger, FunDrum Rhythm Circles, and more!
- 2010 Target $2 Family Fun Nights — March 19 • April 16 • May 21 * June 18 • August 20 • September 17 • October 15 • November 19. Please note, there is no Target $2 Family Fun Night in July 2010.
I was not compensated for this post. We just love Port Discovery!