Children’s Museum of Atlanta Announces “Imaginators On The Go!” Community Outreach Programming for August 2015

8/13/15

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is now officially closed for renovation work, but the learning doesn’t stop just because of a little sawdust! The Museum team is bringing all of its fun-filled, educational activities to the community this fall with their Imaginators On The Go! program.

The Imaginators, who are the Museum’s dedicated troupe of professional actors and educators, are set to make special appearances and provide interactive and educational experiences to various locations throughout the Atlanta area. From groovin’ at a dance party, leading a storytime reading or even joining in on an interactive circus, the Imaginators are bringing a piece of the Children’s Museum with them for families to enjoy. All workshops are based on the Museum’s exhibits and the Common Core and Georgia Performance Standards.

Below is a schedule of Imaginators On The Go! programming for August 2015.

Imaginators On The Go! programming during August: 

            Storytime

            Available Sundays (August 16, August 23 and August 30) from 3 – 4 p.m.

            Little Shop of Stories (133A East Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 30030)

            The Imaginators will lead a special storytime for kids at this popular Decatur bookstore!

            Royal Kiddie Cotillion

            Thursday, August 13 from 7 – 8 p.m.

            Little Shop of Stories (133A East Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 30030)

            Little ones will get to become a prince or princess and learn to curtsy or bow, and dance a simple waltz in this fun cotillion class – just for kiddies! The Imaginators will help children explore and           refine their social and communication skills.

            BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival

            Saturday, August 15 from 12 – 8 p.m.

            South of downtown Decatur (630 East Lake Drive & Harmony Park in Oakhurst)

            The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will have a booth at this year’s BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass festival! Families are invited to play fun games and learn more about the Museum’s massive renovation        project!

            Toddler Turnout

            Monday, August 17 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

            Centennial Olympic Park (265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)

            The Imaginators will lead some favorite Museum programs, including Music and MovementStorytime and Arts and Crafts, with a fun caterpillar theme in downtown Centennial Olympic Park!         During the Music and Movement program, children can have fun moving like a caterpillar and fluttering around like a butterfly using colorful scarves. Imaginators will read “The Very hungry     Caterpillar” by Eric Carle for the storytime activity. Then, during the craft, kids can make their own caterpillar, using pom poms, mini goggle eyes, pipe cleaners, and their own butterfly, using       tissue and construction paper!

            Where in the World and You and Me?

            Thursday, August 20 from 7 – 8 p.m.

            Little Shop of Stories (133A East Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 30030)

            Children are invited to take a musical journey through Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A.! Whether they are helping the Imaginators figure out what continent they live on or singing songs about this             great country, guests will learn all about the continent of North America!

            CMA Pop Up!

            Available Fridays (August 21 and August 28) from 12 – 2 p.m.

            Centennial Olympic Park (265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)

            The Imaginators are set to lead a dance party celebrating cultures around the world! During this fun “Pop Up” event in the park on select Fridays, children will take a pretend trip around the world             while dancing and having fun!

            Toddler Turnout

            Monday, August 24 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

            Centennial Olympic Park (265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)

            The Imaginators will lead some favorite Museum programs, including Music and MovementStorytime and Arts and Crafts, with a fun ladybug theme in downtown Centennial Olympic Park!            For Music and Movement, children will act out how ladybugs and other insects crawl around. During storytime, the Imaginators will ready “The Very Lazy Ladybug” by Isobel Finn and Jack Tickle. Then, for the craft, kids can create their own lady bug, using red paper plates, glue, pipe cleaners, black tissue paper and big goggle eyes.

            Sounds All Around

            Thursday, August 27 from 7 – 8 p.m.

            Little Shop of Stories (133A East Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 30030)

            Hear that? The Imaginators are set to teach fun lessons all about sound! Children will learn what sound looks like, how it works and more. They will also be able to put their listening skills to the          test!

            Sharpstone’s Treasure

            Saturday, August 29 from 10 – 12 p.m.

            Aurora Theatre (128 E Pike St, Lawrenceville, GA 30045)

            Musical written by Jerry G. White; Music by Abe White

            Families are invited to join Centennial Jones and Sam, as they search for buried treasure in this 20-minute interactive musical! Kids will ride in a hot air balloon, build a bridge and climb a mountain            – all from the Aurora Theatre stage! Admission is $7 and performances take place at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

            Grant Park Summer Shade Festival

            Sunday, August 30 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

            Grant Park (840 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312)

            Step right up to the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival! The Imaginators have to put together a circus and they need some help! Kids can become a part of the show as they help Imaginators            Beebo and Ravioli put together a spectacular circus. Children can be a clown, an acrobat or even a circus animal! In this original mini-musical, kids let out some laughs while they learn how to be            active and make healthy food choices.

            Ms. Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’

            Sunday, August 30 from 2 – 4 p.m.

            The Children’s Museum is hosting a booth at the 11th Annual Miss Mary's Ice Cream Crankin', the premier event for ice cream lovers and families! Attendees can taste more than 100 flavors of        homemade ice cream, dive into ice cream-eating contests, enjoy live music and let the kids work off their energy in the Kid's Korner!

            Toddler Turnout

            August 31 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

            Centennial Olympic Park (265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313)

            The Imaginators are set to lead some favorite Museum programs, including Music and MovementStorytime and Arts and Crafts, with a fun spider theme in downtown Centennial Olympic Park!        Children can sing along to “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” during the Music and Movement program. For storytime, the Imaginators will read “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle. Then, for the snack time   craft, children will fill in a spider coloring sheet and create their very own “spider snack,” using Oreo cookies, pretzel sticks and M&Ms). Yum!

In addition to community locations, Imaginators On The Go! can also visit schools and child development centers to coordinate assembly programs, in-class workshops and more. To learn more about bringing the Children’s Museum experience to a classroom or school location, please contact the Museum’s Education Department at (404) 527-5967 or email Paul Grigsby at pgrigsby@childrensmuseumatlanta.org 

The Children’s Museum is building a new world!

Atlanta’s only Children’s Museum has begun construction on their massive renovation. The project, set to be completed in late 2015, will add two new permanent exhibits and a new 3,000 square foot mezzanine level. Project highlights also include the reinvigoration of the four existing galleries of the Museum, the addition of a new permanent performance space for the Imaginators, the Museum’s troupe of professional actors and educators, and many other upgrades to existing spaces that will completely transform the experience for Museum visitors. This extensive renovation allows the Museum to further its commitment to the community as a world-class children’s museum and continue to help ignite curiosity, imagination, problem-solving skills and a love of learning in the next generation of Atlantans.  For more details, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

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 childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS [5437]. 

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