LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Derby Museum is launching Ari’s Horseshoe Adventure, an interactive experience that encourages young Museum guests to learn about horseracing in a kid-friendly way.
Kentucky Derby Museum takes pride in the vast history and artifacts displayed throughout two floors of interactive exhibits. Still, the wealth of information can be much for young visitors. That’s why the Museum created Ari’s Horseshoe Adventure!
This clue-finding experience was designed in honor of Mighty Aristides, the Museum Ambassador. Cue cards placed throughout the exhibits encourage kids to find Ari’s missing horseshoe by locating the answers to multiple Kentucky Derby trivia questions. Young guests will also find several coloring activities on the cards to keep them engaged.
Children will leave the Museum knowing about pivotal Derby-winning jockeys and trainers, the importance of the Call to Post, the behind-the-scenes work that happens on the backside, and more.
The Museum’s Curator of Education, Emily Dippie, saw the need for more engaging content for young visitors, and after working with a local illustrator, her idea came to life.
“Our mission at Kentucky Derby Museum is to engage and educate everyone about the Kentucky Derby! I am so excited to help create an avenue for our young visitors to have a learning experience tailored specifically for them,” Dippie said. “Museums are places of discovery and wonder, which can be most clearly seen in a child’s engagement.”
Ari’s Horseshoe Adventure features twelve ‘Shoe Stops’ within the Museum. Each station will include a card related to that exhibit and colored pencils.
“Working with Emily and the Kentucky Derby Museum was a fun and educational adventure! I loved the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Derby and Kentucky through this illustrative journey,” Asia Filipiak, Louisville-based illustrator for Ari’s Horseshoe Adventure. “I hope families will enjoy this educational experience as much as I had helped create it!”
Ari’s Horseshoe Adventure is free with general admission. Tickets for kids aged 5 to 12 are $12, and admission is free for children under 5. We’re excited for everyone to enjoy this new experience!