By Kathy L. Collins


The community is invited to visit the Glazer Children’s Museum between Thursday, June 25 and Sunday, June 28 as the museum hosts its Annual Eric Carle Celebration. Carle is the legendary author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear Brown Bear. The celebration kicks of on Carle’s 85th birthday.


Throughout the weekend guests will be able to enjoy daily programming focusing on Carle’s unique artistic techniques, love for collages, and  much more. A few activities to mention are butterfly symmetry, story time, and meet and greet with characters.


Carle is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. His best known work, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world. The book has been translated into 62 languages and has sold over 38 million copies. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first published in 1969, Carle has illustrated more than 70 books. Many of the books have been best sellers. More than 128 million copies of his books have sold around the world.


The Glazer Children’s Museum is a 501(c) (3) non-profit educational and cultural resource. Its mission is to create learning environments where children play, discover and connect to the world around them in order to develop lifelong learners and leaders. The 53,000 sq. ft. museum provides a safe and playful environment where children and adults can learn about themselves and each other through exploration, role-playing and direct experience. The highly interactive museum includes multiple themed galleries and 170 interactivities, which are hands-on exhibits.


The Glazer Children’s Museum is designed for children from birth to 10-years-old. The museum has a combination of permanent and traveling exhibits, comprehensive year round programs, and special events which provide children, parents, caregivers, and teachers a rich and ever-changing environment for playful learning.


The Glazer Children’s Museum is located at 110 W. Gasparilla Place in downtown Tampa. For more information, visit or call 443-3861.


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