Celebrate the Caterpillar’s special day at the annual The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day with the Eric Carle Museum! Throughout the day, you can enjoy a special art studio project, Caterpillar food search scavenger hunt, films, storytimes, and a springtime caterpillar bonanza with The Caterpillar Lab! See the full schedule below:
12:30 – 1:00 pm Storytime in the Reading Library
12:30 – 3:30 pm Springtime Caterpillar Bonanza with The Caterpillar Lab! (Great Hall)
1:00 – 1:30 pm Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)
1:30 – 1:45 pm Wiggle Jiggle Dance Party with the Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)
2:30 – 3:00 pm Storytime in the Reading Library
3:00 – 3:30 pm Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)
3:30 – 3:45 pm Wiggle Jiggle Dance Party with the Very Hungry Caterpillar (Great Hall)
3:30 – 4:30 pm Take photos with The Very Hungry Caterpillar car!
About The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar was designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle and published in 1969. The book, selling 30 million copies worldwide, has been the recipient of countless children’s literature awards and is adored by generations.
The book follows The Very Hungry Caterpillar as it eats its way through a variety of food, and eventually its transformation into a butterfly. It’s simple text, and educational themes have made The Very Hungry Caterpillar a favorite among educators, librarians, and parents, as well an educational tool in the classroom and home.
Translated in over 50 languages, and celebrated a world over, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is universally known as one of the greatest childhood classics of all time.
About the Museum
The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.
Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 50,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College.
Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call (413) 559-6300 or visit the Museum’s website at www.carlemuseum.org.