Vet exhibit

Graham Whitaker, 6, center, and Jonathan Hopple, 6, back right, play in the new Jackson Hole Children’s Museum. Starting Friday, the museum will have a new exhibit focused on veterinary medicine, Teewinot Tails.

Give a kid a stethoscope, and inevitably a stuffed animal is getting a full inspection.

The Jackson Hole Children's Museum knows this, which is why it is opening its newest exhibit, Teewinot Tails, a partnership with Spring Creek Animal Hospital and Teton Toys. The exhibit will put kids in the place of the vets that take care our their animals, as well as the patients.

"Engage in imaginary play as a veterinarian, a concerned pet owner or even an injured or sick puppy, pony or lizard," says the press release about Teewinot Tails.

The exhibit opens Friday, with a "leash cutting" at 11 a.m. that will include snacks and activities. The museum will have free admission and will be open its normal hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you've got a budding vet on your hands, have them bring along their stuffed animal — no matter its maladies — for a check up.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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