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4th Annual The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Celebrates the 4th Annual The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day on Sunday, March 18 from 12:00 pm-5:00 pm with special story times, art activities, a visit from The Very Hungry Caterpillar and a Museum Shop sale. The event is sponsored by MEFA’s UPLAN Prepaid Tuition Program.

Guests are invited to commemorate this special day by creating their own caterpillars with found objects in the Art Studio, a caterpillar scavenger hunt and a party with the caterpillar in the Museum’s Café. There will be caterpillar tattoos, caterpillar cookies and a special gift for the first 100 families. Free with Museum admission, the schedule for The 4th Annual The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day includes:

All day art activities and three galleries of picture book art!
12:30 pm – The Very Hungry Caterpillar Film
1:30 pm – Storytime in the Café
2:00 pm – Party with the Caterpillar in the Café (music, cookies, games, drawings)
2:30 pm – The Very Hungry Caterpillar Film
3:00 pm – Meet the The Very Hungry Caterpillar
3:30 pm – Storytime in Reading Library

A special museum sale will run throughout the day, with 15% off of all books & toys.

Support for this day is generously provided by MEFA’s U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program. The program helps families to stay ahead of rising college costs, and prepay up to 100% of a child’s future college tuition. Both MEFA and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art are dedicated to the importance of the arts and education for children’s futures.

About The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar was designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle and published in 1969. The book, selling 30 million copies worldwide, has been the recipient of countless children’s literature awards and is adored by generations.

The book follows The Very Hungry Caterpillar as it eats its way through a variety of food, and eventually its transformation into a butterfly. It’s simple text, and educational themes have made The Very Hungry Caterpillar a favorite among educators, librarians, and parents, as well an educational tool in the classroom and home.

Translated in over 50 languages, and celebrated a world over, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is universally known as one of the greatest childhood classics of all time.

The mission for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading in young children through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. Its extensive resources include a collection of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002

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