Bienvenido, Lindo Mexico!

In our last post we gave a sneak peak of our brand new exhibit, Lindo Mexico. You may have seen on our Facebook or Instagram that we had a special event to celebrate the opening of our beautiful cultural exhibit, but if you missed it–here’s your chance to experience the fun yourself!

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As guests walked towards the entrance, the amazing and talented Rhythmo Mariachi Academy were playing hits such as “Poco Loco” and “Cielito Lindo”! Rhythmo Mariachi Academy is an awesome organization dedicated to the preservation of Mexican art and music through music advocacy and youth programming! Check out the video below for a small part of their wonderful performance.

La Central Bakery, a local bakery in La Habra, generously provided the delicious and colorful pan dulce that our guests enjoyed while listening to the sounds of the Mariachi! How yummy does that pink concha look?! I think I see a cuerno or two in there, as well!

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After enjoying the Mariachi and munching on delicious breads, we decided to bust open our piñata. Our Assistant Museum Director didn’t want to buy a pinata, so she decided to show off her incredible piñata making skills and create one herself! Our Museum logo has never looked so festive!

But the celebration didn’t just stop outside! The craft in our Family Art Center celebrated the Aztec’s symbolic history of face masks with our Jaguar Mask craft. We saw a ton of different spins on the Aztec masks but those heart shaped jaguar spots are extra special!

Thank you to all the guests who were there to celebrate our brand new cultural exhibit, Lindo Mexico. An extra special thank you to La Central, Telemundo and Acceso Total, KTLA 5 News, and Rhythmo Mariachi Academy for being a part of this extra special day!

To check out Telemundo’s segment, click here.

To check out KTLA 5’s segment, click here.

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Upcoming Exhibit Sneak Peek!

As our Celebrating China Series winds down and we prepare to send Children of Hangzhou back to the Boston Children’s Museum, many museum guests are left wondering, “what’s next?”

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Well, the Children’s Museum at La Habra is so excited to present our new “Lindo Mexico” exhibit, a cultural exploration of the fun and beauty of our nearest neighboring country! I’m sure the papel picado gave it away! We don’t want to give away any of the key features of the exhibit yet, so we’ll just share some of the little details that our Exhibits Curator, Lisa Reckon, put together to make this exhibit not only historical but rich in culture!

Sweet bread, also known as pan dulce, is a staple of Mexican culture. Lisa wanted to create a realistic pan de muerto, a special pan dulce eaten during the holiday Día de los Muertos. To create these special sweet breads, Lisa used polyurethane, Modge Podge, paint and salt to create realistic (and yummy-looking) sweet breads!

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As mentioned before there is a Dia De Muertos portion of the exhibit (stay tuned for more details)! Since we can’t keep calaveras de azúcar, also known as sugar skulls, in our exhibit, Lisa had our amazing and artistic volunteers create these beautiful and vibrant masks! To celebrate the lives of their loved ones who have passed, calaveras de azúcar are placed on an altar as an ofrenda (or offering) to the dead!

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Also making an appearance in our exhibit is our full-body skeleton friend! You may notice the skeleton has butterfly elements, a significant part of Día de los Muertos as well. The butterfly’s return to Mexico not only signifies the return of the corn harvest but also the beginning of Día de los Muertos.

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We don’t want to give away any of the structural elements yet, but Lisa and our staff have been putting great detail into making the exhibit as authentic as possible. Here’s a sneak peak at the entrance into the Día de los Muertos portion of the exhibit.

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We are so excited to bring this exhibit to life and we can’t wait to see you all there! For more information about our Lindo Mexico exhibit that opens June 19th, visit http://www.lhcm.org/.