Temporary Exhibition » Baby Animals (rentable)



  • Young elephant in Baby Animals
  • Activity about kangaroos in Baby Animals
  • chameleon in Baby Animals
  • Visual of 'Baby Animals'

Baby Animals

Thu, 14/03/2013 to Wed, 11/06/2014

Displayed at the Museum: 14/03/2013 > 11/06/2014

This exhibition plunges you and your children into the fascinating world of 75 baby animals, from the day they’re born until they are old enough to fend for themselves.

Who looks after the young? What do baby animals eat? How do they learn to run, swim or fly? Together, discover illustrated stories and short films about growing up, living and surviving.

Baby Animals is above all about audience participation: crawl along with eggs on your back like father toad, select the softest nest and pull funny faces. You’ll learn a whole lot more about yourself.

Specially designed and developed for 3-8 year olds, Baby Animals presents 75 species of animal, 29 illustrated stories, short films, multimedia terminals, and educational and fun activities… illustrating how animals are born, the dangers they face, their defences, their learning, their vital functions, and their development until they become independent.


A coproduction of the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle of Toulouse.

The exhibition is available for renting from September 2015.

Rent the Exhibition

Audience: young children (3-8 years)

Surface area: 450-500 sq. m.

Languages: the exhibition is in four languages, French, Dutch, English and German (contact us)

Rental fees and conditions: please contact us



Ms. Cécile Gerin

Project Manager, Museologist

Museum of Natural Sciences

Tel.:  +32 (0)2.627.41.13


  • Activity about which animals come out of an egg and which come out of their mother’s womb
  • Activity during which children can build a cosy nest and try it out for comfort.
  • Activity during which children can see what it’s like to be a father midwife toad: it’s not so easy getting around with eggs on your back!

Who emerges from the egg? Which animals give birth under water? Who is alone with his parents and who comes into the world surrounded by sisters and brothers? In short animations, active games and cartoons, look at how baby animals are born differently in different species.

In this zone, children can choose or build a cosy nest, crawl about like a father midwife toad with his eggs on his back and, in a digital card game, find out who comes out of an egg and who comes out of the womb.

Threats and Protection
  • Activity during which children can understand that good camouflage can come in handy when you’re a baby animal.
  • Short homemade animations present the dangers that baby animals face.

Some baby animals are well protected by the herd, the parents, the community. Others face dangers from the moment they are born, sometimes, they are even on their own …

Quickly throw the baby kangaroos in mummy’s pouch, so they are out of danger! Choose the right cape and cover up against dangers like the ice bear and the antelope. Choose the ending of a film about baby turtles: will it be a happy ending?

  • Activity during which children can learn through play like other baby animals.
  • Activity during which children can imitate animal faces or make up even funnier ones!

Animals learn as they play by imitating their parents or by instinct. In this zone, children can test their balance and agility in the psychomotor area then pull faces or watch film clips on the imitation behaviour of baby animals in the wild.

Vital Functions
  • As your child will find out in this mini obstacle course, crawling is harder on some surfaces than on others.
  • Activity during which children can discover who eats what

Eating, learning to walk, flying, swimming, recognizing smells, feeling your brothers and sisters and warming yourself by their company… baby animals need all of this to survive.

Use your sense of smell to connect baby and mother animal. Stroke the animals’ fur, down or naked skin: they all feel different. Crawl like a baby mammal (not all can stand from birth) or match the different babies to their favourite meal.

  • Some babies are born as tiny versions of the adult while others, like this caterpillar, must undergo metamorphosis.
  • Activity during which children can discover that babies are sometimes very different to their parents.

Baby animals grow and develop in different ways. Some babies grow fast, others grow slowly. Do they undergo a real metamorphosis or are they born as tiny versions of the adult? Put each baby animal with the right adult in a game with magnetic cards.

  • Activity during which children can discover how long does it take to become independent
  • Activity during which children can discover that standing up is more dangerous for some species than for others.

At some point, depending on the species, all babies become independent. They run, swim, fly, eat, defend themselves … on their own. They’ve become autonomous.

As shown in the short animations and illustrated stories, some baby animals take several years to become independent, while others are independent from birth. See how many days, weeks or years it takes different baby animals to fend for themselves.

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