A Showcase of History for Children |

As I wrote in an earlier post, Genghis Khan: The Exhibition has come to the Irving Arts Center in Irving, Texas.  Genghis Khan is a fascinating part of history and this exhibit is a treasure trove of education for our children.  This exhibition gives children a chance to see history behind a man who truly is a legend.  The exhibition started June 1 and runs through September 30.  This gives us all plenty of time to get the kids together and head on over to Irving.  It’s not often that an exhibition this large comes so close to home.

Special Events for Kids

Princess Mummy is one of the amazing pieces of history that you will see at Genghis Khan: The Exhibition now running in Irving, Texas.

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition features the largest collection of 13th century Mongolian artifacts ever gathered in a single showing.  Of particular note, the exhibition features the recently uncovered mummy and tomb treasures of a Mongolian noble woman, nicknamed The Princess Giant because of her unusual height.  And, for the kid in all of us, the interactive aspect of the exhibition leads visitors through a life-size ger (traditional nomadic dwelling); and allows visitors to shoot a model trebuchet, create a Mongolianstyle hat and use computer touch screens to live out the lives of characters from the 13th century.  The Irving Arts Center also has the following kids activities scheduled during the exhibit.

  • Everyone Pays Kids Prices! Mondays, July 18, August 15 and Sept. 19  View Genghis Khan: The Exhibition for the special price of just $8 per person.

  • Family KhanDays: Saturdays, July 9, August 13, September 10 and September 24;  Create Mongolian-themed art projects to share with friends and family. Suitable for children of all ages. All supplies provided.

  • Trebuchet Competition: Saturdays, July 9, August 20 and September 24, 10 AM to Noon | Registration / Competition Rules Coming Soon; Build a model trebuchet using plastic blocks and compete for fun prizes in a distance shooting match. Three age groups – elementary, middle school and high school / adult. Pre-registration is required.

  • Summer Camp: Secrets of the Silk Road: July 11-15 | 8 AM to 5 PM | Ages 6-12; Create Papier Mâché Mongolian masks; construct a ger and make your own felt; stylize your penmanship with Chinese brush painting and calligraphy; stretch out with yoga; and design stamps, mosiacs and mandalas.

  • Summer camp: History, Horses and Tribal Handicrafts: July 25-29 | 8 AM to 5 PM | Ages 6-12; Construct your own paper for cool new designs; choose colorful thread for fun weaving projects; paint real and imaginary animals inspired by the Mongolian beasts of burden (horses, camels, yaks and oxen); use recycled materials, fabric and found objects to design Mongolian-inspired costumes, headdresses and jewelry; and learn dance and battle strategy

The Need To Know Before You Go

We all know how important it is to plan ahead when taking the kids on an outing, so here’s a few pieces of information that will help.  As stated above, this exhibit began on June 1 and will run through September 30.  Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1-8 p.m. Admission is timed and the last entry time is at 6:30 p.m. daily.

Tickets are $8 for children, groups and seniors (ages 55 years and above); and $12 for adults. Children under 2 years old are free. To purchase tickets contact the box office at (972) 252-2787 or visit www.KhanIrving.com. Strollers are permitted inside the exhibition.

It takes approximately 90 minutes to go through Genghis Khan: The Exhibition. There is a 5-minute film, 4 activity stations, interactive kiosks for character cards, and if scheduling allows, a live performance.  There is limited outdoor space available for having lunch on the grounds.  If you have large group, it is recommended that you call ahead.

Also, there is a Conquer Your Fears Sweepstakes running during the exhibit, so take a few moments to enter.