Be My Neighbor Afternoon

In an effort to spread the message of community and learning, the DuPage Children’s Museum hosted its Be My Neighbor Afternoon with their early learning partners WTTW Kids’ Early Learning Initiative.

“We were fortunate enough to get a grant from our friends at PNC Bank with WTTW were put together this free event this afternoon we also have our friends from Naperville Public Library, Naper Settlement so we just have a lot of different people coming together to be part of this wonderful day,” said Dan Swick, Public Programs Team Leader at DuPage Children’s Museum.

As part of the event, a Daniel Tiger Meet and Greet was held bringing folks young and old together.

Many shared their excitement for this beloved character, despite the fact that some grew up watching it on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and the others, on an animated TV series.

“He was a puppet that I think every time the trolley would ding and come around I think Daniel the tiger rode on the trolley and then he would interact with Mr. rogers a little bit they had some good lessons life and getting along with others and sharing and I always enjoyed that part of his show,” said visitor, Laura Westphal.

While Laura remembers watching the tiger more than 30 years ago as a puppet, the lessons taught then have carried on to the “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” TV series, which her daughter now watches.

“I learned how to like live your life to live like where the way you’re supposed to live and be nice to others… I really love Daniel the tiger and I think everyone should watch it so that they can learn how to live their life in a good way right,” said visitor, Natalie Westphal.

And Daniel the Tiger’s appearance at the museum couldn’t be any more fitting for the Be My Neighbor Afternoon.

“I think the most important part of this event is what Mr. Rogers neighborhood and the underlying message of community and friendship and helping people out is really the main message of Daniel the Tiger and that’s kind of what has happened with all our community partners all coming together to help out,” said Swick.

Visitors were also encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items or a new children’s book as part of collection for Loaves and Fishes Community Services.

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