Oct. 13 - Jan. 21
Based off the children’s book, Good for You: Adventures with Ginger and George, written by Lynne Mulligan, Programs Manager at Creative Discovery Museum and illustrated by David Young, a former Art Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the exhibit tells the story of Ginger and her friends in the Good for You Crew. Ginger is a potato chip eating, soda guzzling couch potato who loves to watch T.V. When her mother orders her out of the house, she and her faithful dog George begin an adventure that leads to a world of healthy foods and active play.
In the exhibit, visitors learn about healthy lifestyles and healthy foods. They can listen to their heart beat and participate in hands-on activities that teach the importance of balancing good food choices (energy in) with physical activities (energy out). An interactive video wall lets guests create a balanced meal as they use their whole bodies to capture floating images of foods. Visitors also learn about healthy food choices as they pick authentic looking fruits and vegetables in Sam’s Garden and sell them at Maria’s Farmer’s Market.
The Good for You: Healthy Fun on the Run exhibit includes the following areas:
Visitors are greeted by life-sized cutouts of Ginger, her faithful dog George and all the members of the Good for You Crew: Sam, Maria, Michael, Lea, Josh and Nelson. The entrance graphic provides a perfect photo opportunity for children to join the crew.
In this area, visitors can listen to their heart as a red light flashes and a drum plays in exact sync with the user’s heartbeat. An interactive game illustrates the importance of balancing food choices (energy in) with physical activities (energy out). This area also features an interactive video wall where children need to use their whole bodies to capture floating images of food and create a balanced meal on their plate.
Sam’s Garden and Kitchen
These areas allow visitors to experience food “from the garden to the table” as they plant food and gather it to cook. The garden includes furrows for planting and picking
authentic looking vegetables as well as vines and trees holding fruit. After planting and gathering food, children will delight in taking the food to a play kitchen where they can be chefs using recipes and equipment just their size. Children will learn all about nutrition and discover how healthy it is to eat foods of many different colors in the “eat a rainbow” activity.
Maria’s Farmers’ Market
At the Farmers’ Market with its bins of fruits, vegetables and other products, visitors can investigate healthy food choices and discover what parts of a plant they eat: fruit, root or leaf. Costumes and cash registers are provided so children can take on the role of shoppers or sellers.
The Treehouse provides opportunities for climbing and encourages healthy outdoor play. Visitors will enjoy raising the flag, using pulleys to move supplies up the treehouse and let their imaginations run wild in their treetop clubhouse.
Michael and Lea’s Campsite
Visitors will have an opportunity to explore more ways to enjoy physical movement and also connect with nature at the campsite. Kids can traverse a climbing wall, try out a whitewater kayak, go camping, “sleep” in a tent and explore a cave.
Healthy House: Josh’s Living Room
This area provides guests with a variety of active movement based activities for fun in-door play. Guests can build forts, play dress up and engage in board games.
Good For You Educational Guide to the Exhibits
Developed by Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, TN
Opening Day Celebration!
11 a.m. Kids on the Block performance
11:45 Flash Fit Mob, Hula Hooping
12:30 p.m. Special presentation
Sizwe Herring of Earth Matters
1:10 Flash Fit Mob, Limbo!
1:30 Moves and Grooves performance
2:15 Flash Fit Mob, Ball Dribbling
"What are you eating?"
Acid and Sugar testing
"No beans about it!"
Lima bean dissection
"Garden in a glove"
"Take a deep breath"
Explore your lungs and how they work
Learn the functions of the heart as you observe a heart dissection