11.10.2011

Where Children Discover Their Inner Child

What would you think if you visited a public restroom, and the toilet began to talk – in a female voice with a British accent no less – about the bodily function you’d just performed?

No such bathroom exists in New York City, but “The Royal Flush,” among more than 70 interactive exhibits in “EatSleepPlay: Building Health Every Day,” the new show at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, does something similar. When little visitors pull this fake toilet’s handle, it responds with images and explains, in the warm but slightly brisk tones of a no-nonsense nanny, that what we excrete provides clues to our well-being.

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