Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog™

Sept. 22, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019

A traveling exhibit in the Lubbock Children’s Museum at the Science Spectrum.

Board the Birdwell Island Ferry and journey to the world of Clifford™, America’s beloved Big Red Dog with a heart to match. See Emily Elizabeth™ and many of the other residents of Birdwell Island. Inspired by Scholastic Entertainment’s TV show Clifford The Big Red Dog® on PBS KIDS®, the exhibit offers numerous immersive “paws-on” adventures that reinforce “Clifford’s Big Ideas” – ten simple tangible life lessons designed to help younger children navigate their world:

  • Share
  • Be Truthful
  • Play Fair
  • Be Kind
  • Have Respect
  • Believe in Yourself
  • Help Others
  • Be Responsible
  • Be a Good Friend
  • Work Together

Kids can visit a colossal nine-foot high Clifford with a tail to slide down, just like Emily Elizabeth does on the television show. Children can help fill Clifford’s big dog bowl with bones using a conveyor belt, and find “bone”-a-fide treasures at T-Bones Beach.

At other exhibit areas, children will be able to join many of the show’s iconic characters at places they have seen on TV including:

  • Help “Victor” and “Pedro” steer the Birdwell Island ferry past the island’s lighthouse
  • Say “hello!” to “Samuel” and “Charley”, and then pull up a stool and place an order at Samuel’s Fish and Chips Shack
  • Hunt for seashells at T-Bones’s Beach
  • Take a seat inside Clifford’s giant doghouse to create masterpieces to take home or mail to Island residents
  • Put on a show with “Mac” at Emily Elizabeth’s Backyard Theater
  • Visit the Howard’s House
  • Play in Cleo’s Backyard
  • Sort mail with “Mr. Carson” at the Birdwell Island Post Office
  • Take a break with “Ms. Lee” at the Birdwell Island Library and read from a collection of Clifford books.
  • “Jetta” invites visitors to browse the Norman Bridwell Art Retrospective and see 50 years (that’s 350 in dog-years!) of artwork and stories by the creator and award-winning author of Clifford The Big Red Dog.
Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum in partnership with Scholastic Entertainment, Inc. ©2016 Scholastic and logos are trademarks of Scholastic Entertainment, Inc.
©2018 CLIFFORD, EMILY ELIZABETH, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG and logos are trademarks of Norman Bridwell. All rights reserved.
Scholastic Entertainment (SE) is a leading producer of quality, family-oriented television programming, feature films, videos, web sites and is a major licensor and marketer of children’s properties worldwide. For more information, visit Scholastic’s award-winning website at www.scholastic.com.
Standard Museum admission rates apply for Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog.
**A special Grand Opening Party for Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog™ will be held in the lobby of the Science Spectrum on Saturday, Sept. 22nd from 10:00am to 1:00pm in conjunction with KTTZ PBS Kids. Numerous hands-on activities, story-book readings, games and free screenings the TV show Clifford The Big Red Dog® will be provided. A special live appearance by Clifford™ is also scheduled.

Lubbock’s Musical Journey

Science Spectrum’s OMNI Theater Celebrates both Lubbock’s and America’s Cultural Diversity and Musical Innovations with a newly paired Exhibit and Film!

Lubbock’s Musical Journey – Free Exhibit On Display through September

A photographic and special collections exhibit on loan from Texas Tech’s Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library – Crossroads of Music Archive.

Music has always been an important part of our region. There is documented evidence that Native Americans held ritual dances as early as 1836 in the Texas panhandle. When Anglos began to settle the area, they brought with them their music traditions. Early ranch dances often centered on a fiddler and a caller. As Lubbock began in the early twentieth century, city leaders followed the lead of other cities and established a brass band.

After World War I, vocal quartets became popular singing gospel and popular songs. Originating on the eve of the great depression, Western Swing music became popular with bands like the Drugstore Cowboys and the Roadside Playboys.  After World War II, Lubbock grew rapidly into a metropolitan center and the Lubbock Symphony was born.

The 1950s brought a cultural shift in music. Rock and Roll erupted and Buddy Holly became a significant artist whose influence remains today. In the 1970s and 80s, many local artists like Joe, Ely, Butch Hancock, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Bob Livingston, Gary P. Nunn and The Maines Brothers firmly established themselves in the music industry. With the rise of Tejano music in the 1980s and 90s, The Hometown Boys became a popular fan favorite. Lubbock’s musical journey is no doubt rich. Called the Music Crossroads of Texas, Lubbock has produced countless other successful musicians.

Lubbock, Texas, has been a music powerhouse for over a century, a musical journey that has only just begun.

Crossroads of Music Archive at Texas Tech University

In 2002, the Crossroads of Music Archive was established in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library on the Texas Tech Campus. The archive collects all music genres and contains music recordings, oral histories, photos, posters, songbooks, and other ephemera. Within its short history, the archive has attained over 140 collections and is the official repository for the Kerrville Folk Festival, Michael Martin Murphey, Jesse “Guitar” Taylor, the Tommy and Charlene Hancock Family, and houses the Don Caldwell Studio master tape collection, among many others. Currently the staff is conducting oral histories and collecting materials related to Tejano music and women in Texas music.

If you know a musician who should be interviewed, or has a collection of materials for the archive, you can contact Dr. Curtis Peoples at the Crossroads of Music Archive.