Kids Explore Exhibit Featuring Mister Rogers

BURLINGTON, Vt. It's been 50 years since Fred Rogers began his iconic children's television show on PBS: Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

The "How People Make Things" exhibit at the Echo Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington is based off of the factory tours Mister Rogers' would take during his shows.

It features clips from the show so kids who never heard the question "Won't you be my neighbor" can get to know the TV legend.

There are plenty of fun stations which focus on engineering, building, and architecture.

Kids can use cutting tools to create paper horses, pull levers to fill different molds, and find out how everyday items are made.

Workers at ECHO say it's a great way to get kids thinking about their future.

"This exhibit is a really good way to sort of way to explore building in a way that is accessible and safe for kids. For example, one of my favorite parts of it is a construction zone that we've got. And it's a really cool way for them to explore just nuts and bolts in a way that feels really safe and easy," Echo employee Caroline Frigln said.

"I'm making a lot of stuff. I'm making a house. I like that you can make anything that comes to your mind," 7-year-old Victoria said.

If you go explore the exhibit, make sure to snap a pic with the life-size Mister Rogers cardboard cut out!

Vermont PBS is sponsoring the exhibit, which runs through September 3.

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Anne Fullenkamp