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Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit

May 25 – September 8

Very Eric Carle is a play-and-learn exhibit inspired by five of Eric Carle’s classic children’s books. Families will follow the path of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, weave a web with the Very Busy Spider, find their inner light with the Very Lonely Firefly, jump and flip with the Very Clumsy Click Beetle, and compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket.

This exhibit brings to life Carle’s love of nature, his respect for the emotional lives of children, and his recurring themes of friendship, creativity, and the power of imagination. It reimagines the boundaries between the images on a page and the natural world that inspired them, encouraging visitors to explore Carle’s themes and think a little deeper about hope, hard work, love, belonging, and persistence.

What You’ll Do

Guests will immerse themselves in the world of children’s literature with activities inspired by five of Eric Carle’s classic books:

  • Become the Very Hungry Caterpillar as you follow his path
  • Weave a web with the Very Busy Spider
  • Find your light with the Very Lonely Firefly
  • Make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump
  • Compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket
  • Create artwork using many of Eric Carle’s materials and techniques
  • Enjoy a gallery of prints from Eric Carle’s Very Series as well as works in progress

Step into a kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and shapes, where the boundaries between art and nature blur. Discover the messages of hope, love, and persistence woven into these timeless tales, inspiring you to find magic in your own lives!

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I come to play in this exhibit?
This exhibit will be open at GCM from May 25, 2024 through September September 8, 2024.

GCM will be open on Mondays starting Memorial Day (May 27, 2024) through Labor Day (September 2, 2024).

What ages is this exhibit for?
While this exhibit is geared towards 0-6-year-olds, we still encourage families of all ages to enjoy the exhibit together!

I’m a GCM Member. Can I visit this exhibit for free?
Yes! Playing in this exhibit is included in General Admission and GCM Memberships. Become a member today to play in this exhibit as many times as you want! When purchasing tickets online as a GCM Member, please make sure you are registered and logged in to our ticketing service with the exact information that is listed on your Membership.

Do you offer discounts on admission for those with EBT/SNAP benefits?
Yes! GCM is part of the Museums for All program that helps those who receive EBT/SNAP benefits visit GCM for a minimal fee for up to four people with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Learn more about that program here.


This exhibit is locally sponsored by The Chhabria Family