Families can celebrate summer with educational fun and festivities all month long!
Summer is sizzling with fun at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Families can experience a variety of festive activities and educational programming all month long – from waving their own American Flags during the “Fourth of July Extravaganza” to hearing stories firsthand during special author visits. As a reminder, July will be the last chance for children to enjoy the Museum’s feature exhibits, special events and daily offerings before it closes for a brief period beginning Saturday, August 1 to complete the highly anticipated renovation work! Whether they march in the farewell parade during the “End of Summer Bash” event or make their own construction hat for the “Construction Bash” celebration, children are encouraged to join in on all the final festivities and soak up the last days of sweet summertime at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Below is a schedule of exhibit information and special programming for July 2015.
As part of its special summer hours, The Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through July 29, 2015.
New Feature Exhibit: “Once Upon A Time: Exploring the World of Fairy Tales”
Available through July 26, 2015
The newest feature exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta brings the magic of fairy tales to life! “Once Upon a Time: Exploring the World of Fairy Tales” is an educational exhibit that allows children to visit another time and place as they interact with larger-than-life scenes from seven of the world’s most famous fairy tales. Visitors enter the exhibit through a magical portal and find themselves in an enchanting storybook kingdom, where they'll learn the meaning and history of tales they've known all their lives and others that may be new to them! Children can explore whimsy and wonder of some of the world's most revered stories – whether they cross a wooden bridge in the jungle from Anansi and the Talking Melon, play a harpsichord from Beauty and the Beast, try on a glass slipper from Cinderella, work at a cobblers bench from The Elves and the Shoemaker, climb a special beanstalk from Jack and the Beanstalk, catch a wolf from Lon Po Po or even crawl through a mole's hole from Thumbelina. Don’t miss out on all the fairy tale fun!
Daily Programming during Once Upon A Time (Available through July 26)
Laugh and Learn
Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m.; Sundays at 11 a.m.
Children can join the Imaginators as they act out favorite fairy tales, write their own story and play a word scramble game!
Eat A Georgia Rainbow
Mondays at 1 p.m.
Join the Imaginators in learning about delicious fruits and vegetables that can be harvested in Georgia throughout the year. Guests can also participate in a “cold cooking” activity!
Sunday at 3 p.m. on July 5
Children can grab a blanket and delve into the world of books!
Mini Musical: Happily Never After
Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m,; Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sundays at 12 p.m.
Written by W. Derek Ratliff with music by Dolphe Amick
It's the classic tale of good versus evil. In the Imaginator mini-musical, “Happily Never After,” twins Sky and Raven learn what it takes to create a fairy tale of their own. However, they find out that they must save the endings of all fairy tales from a battle between another set of twins – Evil-Is and Good-I- Am. If they cannot find a prince and princess to help them out, all of the world's fairy tales will have an unhappy ending forever. Join the Imaginators and find out if this story will end happily...or unhappily ever after.
Hands On Science with Professor Labcoat
Monday, through Friday at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.
Tricky Spiders! Anansi might be famous, but he's not the only spider with a trick up its sleeve. Learn about how different spiders live, catch their prey and help out!
Story Science! Amazing things happen in fairy tales, but the real world holds surprises of its own. Guests can see what science has to say about things like beanstalks, bridges and bells!
Exploration Station with Professor Labcoat
Monday through Friday at 2:30 p.m.
What Big Eyes You Have! We experience the world through our senses! Join Professor Labcoat to learn about our eyes and ears and mouth and nose and how we can keep these parts of us healthy!
Music & Movement: Juggling Jester!
Monday through Saturday at 2 p.m. (excluding Saturday, July 4)
A castle is not complete without some fun time with the court jester! Join the Imaginators and the Court Jester for some juggling fun!
Music & Movement: Kiddie Cotillion
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Join an Imaginator and become a prince or princess and learn to curtsy or bow, and dance a simple waltz in this fun cotillion class – just for kiddies! What a fun way for children to explore and refine their social and communication skills.
Storytime: Once Upon A Storytime
Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.
Join an Imaginator and crawl into the world of the number one literary trickster, Anansi the Spider. Listen to the classic story “Anansi and the Magic Stick” as told by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Janet Stevens.
Special Programming during July:
Fourth of July Extravaganza
Saturday, July 4 at 12 and 2 p.m.
Join the Imaginators for a fun-filled Fourth of July Extravaganza! Guests can make a flag to wave in the Fourth of July Parade, led by Jerry G. and his drums. After the parade, children can salute the country by singing a roaring rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” followed by “You’re a Grand Ole Flag.” The program will conclude with a special indoor Imagination fireworks display that involves children’s feet and bubble wrap!
Special Author Visit: “The Lion and the Porcupine” by Susan Liverpool
Saturday, July 11 at 12 p.m.
Meet Susan Liverpool, an author, poet, singer, songwriter and storyteller!. “The Lion and the Porcupine” is a story about the wonderful things we can learn about ourselves and others when we look beyond the ways we are different and discover how much we are the same. Susan will share this story using puppetry. She will also perform the songs she wrote for the story and share excerpts from the audio book.
Special Author Visit: “Man in the Moon” by Kelly Young-Silverman and Illustrator Erin Wicker
Sunday, July 12 at 3 p.m.
Join Children’s Book Author Kelly Young-Silverman and Illustrator Erin the great for a fun-filled storytime at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Children can go on an enchanting adventure with a little girl who reaches for the moon and finds a friend, as Kelly and Erin read their rhyming picture book “Man in the Moon.” Don’t miss out this special event—complete with singing, dancing, props and bubbles!
Meet the Holidays: Eid ul Fitr
Saturday, July 18 at 12 and 3 p.m.
Join the Islamic Speakers Bureau in a storytelling and crafts time on the theme of the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Fitr. This is the Islamic Festival of the Fast-Breaking, the day after the month of the Ramadan fasting. Children can create crafts that celebrate the theme of “Light” and the “Phases of the Moon,” which mark time in a lunar calendar.
Sunday, July 19 at 3:00 p.m.
The “Meet the Holidays: Eid ul Fitr” celebration continues on Sunday, and children can listen to the story “Under the Ramadan Moon” by Sylvia Whitman before making a moon and star stencil. The New Moon marks Eid ul Fitr, the celebration that takes place on the first day of the month after Ramadan, and marks the end of the month of fasting.
Special Author Visit: “Dreams Come True” by Jennifer Lynn Adams
Sunday, July 26 at 3 p.m.
“Dreams Come True” demonstrates that words have the power to really make dreams come true! The book gives little glimpses into the life and story of Jennifer Lynn Adams, who was born with partial limbs and overcame every obstacle to reach her dreams through receiving kind, true and supportive words from others. The book shows young children how they can help others and themselves achieve their dreams by using words of love, kindness and support with everyone in their world.
Science Bar: Beta Test
Available on select dates at 11 a.m. (July 6, July 9, July 10, July 13, July 16, July 17, July 20, July 21, July 22, July 23, July 27, July 28, July 29, July 30)
Want a sneak peak of the Children’s Museum’s post-renovation science offerings? Head over to Professor Labcoat's Science Bar: Beta Test! The team will be testing out ideas for new programming, answering STEM-related questions and looking for some input. Science benefits from practice and collaboration, and the Children’s Museum wants the community to be a part of what they’re creating!
July Construction Bash
Available on select dates at 12 p.m. (July 28, July 29, July 30)
Grab a construction hat and join the team that is going to build the new Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Friends from DPR Hardin Construction in Atlanta will be onsite to talk to kids about the art construction (and demolition!). Then, children can join the Imaginators for a DIY construction hat craft. Each visitor will receive a white plastic construction hat that they can decorate. Kids and parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the Museum’s renovation project.
End of Summer Bash!
Friday, July 31 from 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Children’s Museum is packing up and hitting the road! Join the Imaginators for a fun-filled last day inside the Museum before doors shut temporarily for the highly anticipated renovation! Children can enjoy sidewalk chalk drawing on the carpet, writing “goodbye” on the shadow wall, participating in dance parties, making crafts, winning special prizes and much more. Professor Labcoat will lead a hair-raising science show with amazing chemical reactions, intriguing science tools and tons of fun learning. At the end of the day, families will enjoy a final farewell parade outside. Don’t miss this chance to say “Goodbye” to the old and get ready to welcome the NEW Children’s Museum of Atlanta – coming in late 2015!
*As part of its special summer hours, The Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through July 29, 2015.
**The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will close for a brief period beginning on August 1, 2015 to complete renovation work. The Museum is expected to unveil its new space in late 2015.
Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; Open Wednesday, December 31 for New Year’s Eve. Please check the Museum website to confirm hours of operation.
About The Children's Museum of Atlanta:
The Children's Museum of Atlanta is a smart place to play and a non-profit organization offering a family-friendly space filled with interactive, educational exhibits and programming for children ages eight and under. The Museum’s mission is to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning for all children through the power of play. The Museum’s four permanent learning zones consist of bright, creative, hands-on exhibits that are designed to give children an opportunity to learn through play. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta also offers parties, memberships, field trips, summer camp, and private events.
For more information or to support The Children's Museum of Atlanta, visit their website at www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS .