Igniting Curiosity Through the Power of Play

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Jul 24, 2018

Sifton Street Where You Live Welcomes a New Neighbour!

“My favourite thing in the museum is the dentist office. I love to sit in the big red chair and pretend to do surgeries.” Ella, age 8.

Things look a little different on Sifton Street Where You Live. This child-sized exhibit welcomes a new dental office to the neighbourhood! The new addition provides children and families with another element of our community to engage with through imaginative play. 

A dental chair, hand-painted artwork and a cozy atmosphere invite families into the new playful space. Oversized teeth and toothbrushes provide hands-on learning opportunities and allow children to experience dental offices in a new way. 

The addition allows children to explore the role dentists play in our community and in their own lives. The office empowers children by putting their dental experience in their own hands.  

The dental office is generously donated by Nicolucci Family Dentistry. Artwork and fabrication by Corrine Garlick and Peter Karas. 

“I’m delighted to see the vision of the new dental office come alive! There are so many different roles and responsibilities in our community, including the role of dentists. Dentistry combines aspects of science, technology, art and creativity. I’m thrilled to share that with visitors of the Children’s Museum.” Dr. Christy Nicolucci 

In addition to the new dental space, the Sifton Street Where You Live gallery features a bank, theatre, fitness centre, construction site, house, restaurant, gas station, police station, post office and grocery store. 

Pretend and imaginative play are an important part of every child’s development.

  • By pretending to take on a different role, children are learning to see the world through someone else’s perspective, strengthening their emotional intelligence and building empathy.  

  • Pretend play allows children explore new scenarios and solve complex problems, supporting their cognitive development and critical thinking skills.  

  • Pretend play provides children with the opportunity to use their imagination, explore their interests, and use their own voice.