Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Step into the amazing world of Pandora at The Children’s Museum

by Kim Robinson

July 01, 2013

Sci-fi fans will be delighted to enjoy a few opportunities this summer revolving around famous movies. The exhibition Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination can be seen at the Indiana State Museum through September 2, 2013.  You will be able to watch Avatar Special Edition:  An IMAX 3D Experience at the IMAX Theater at White River State Park June 21 - July 3, 2013.  Members of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis receive $3 off admission to the movie when they present their member card.

The highly anticipated immersive exhibit, AVATAR: The Exhibition will open at The Children’s Museum on June 22nd. Step into the amazing world of Pandora, created by director James Cameron for his extraordinary film AVATAR. Become a Na’vi—one of the people of Pandora—in a movie scene, interact with creatures in the Pandoran landscape and explore the cutting-edge filmmaking technology developed for AVATAR. See real props, sketches and models used in the creation of AVATAR, and learn how science was used to create Pandora’s beautiful animals, landscapes and people.

To create Pandora, James Cameron and his team of artists re-imagined some of Earth’s most beautiful features and unusual creatures. You can have fun creating your own Pandora-type world at home. Take a flower or piece of celery, place the end in a cup filled with water and blue food coloring. Watch as the dye seeps into the base and creeps its way to the top – creating a flower with blue petals or blue vegetable.

Also, many designers take great pains to research various cultures or historical time periods to determine props and costumes for a movie. You can use these as inspiration to create your own headgear or crowns at home with feathers, macaroni shells and construction paper. The movie props are also great conversation pieces to discuss with your child while educating him/her about other cultures and time periods.

The Children’s Museum Collections Department strategically selected artifacts to accompany the exhibit that may have inspired some of the costumes in AVATAR (the movie) including the corset and headdress seen here.

AVATAR : The Exhibition was organized by Seattle’s EMP Museum and developed in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment.