Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character, and Confucius is open at Kaleideum Downtown.

The west meets the east in this immersive exhibit that transports families to a country where a quickly changing modern lifestyle intersects with ancient values. Visitors will discover the many similarities and differences in modern- day Chinese culture. Children’s China integrates the time-honored teachings of Confucius, China’s great teacher, with a focus on the importance of education and family values.

Children’s China is an immersive exhibit, designed for children 3 to 12 years, explores what life is like for children in China today through six different immersive environments. In the school, children will celebrate the annual holiday, National Teachers’ Day, while learning to write “thank you teacher” in Chinese characters on a touchscreen notepad. Visitors will take on the role of a researcher at the panda reserve and discover how the people of China are caring for this endangered species. The entire family will find exercise fun at the park by using playful equipment that encourages fitness for all ages. Fodd is an important cultural experience in China, and children will shop in a traditional neighborhood market filled with a variety of fish, fruits and vegetables and then prepare a healthy meal while working in the restaurant. In the home, visitors will learn how families celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Ancient practices will be explored in modern ways with computer interactives that invite visitors to experience the art of paper cutting, discover their lunar calendar animal, and play traditional musical instruments.