“It’s a Dog’s Life” exhibit at kids’ i.d.e.a. Museum celebrates canines

“Asher” by Ron Burns.
“Asher” by Ron Burns.

The newest exhibit at Mesa’s kid-friendly i.d.e.a. Museum takes families on an art-filled ode to man’s best friend. “It’s a Dog’s Life,” on exhibit Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Jan. 22, includes hands-on activities featuring dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals and dingoes.

Kids can play pretend in a mini veterinarian clinic, create a doggie collage based on Dean Russo’s artwork, hear sounds dogs make and learn what each is communicating. They also can draw dog shadow art, create dog-shaped origami or dog masks and vote for the next presidential pet.

Throughout the exhibit, visitors can discover how a canine sees, feel faux pelts and and use their imagination to build a dog house. The museum plans to host an Adoptable Dog Day on Nov. 19 and other fun events with dog themes during the show’s run.

If you go: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. $8; free for children younger than 1. 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa. 480-644-4332 or ideamuseum.org.