Children’s Museum of Atlanta Announces Programming for February

2/4/16

February is here, and Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites families to enjoy a month full of fun programming, special events and new exhibits! Children can embark on a thrilling jungle adventure with the “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” exhibit, join in on various activities featuring Black History Month, participate in a celebratory dragon parade for the Chinese New Year and much more. Below is a schedule of exhibit information and special programming for February 2016. 

Feature Exhibit: “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion”

Available February 6 – May 31, 2016

Adventure awaits with the newest feature exhibit at Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, an educational traveling exhibit created by The Museum of Discovery, invites little archeologists to embark on a quest to uncover coveted secrets of an ancient Mayan kingdom. Visitors will venture deep into the Mexican rainforest to investigate an abandoned dig site and discover priceless treasure through lessons in science, language and history. Whether they scamper across the creaky wooden bridge through the dangerous jungle, decode ancient hieroglyphics or identify Mayan constellations, children will interact with a variety of hands-on components, engaging activities and more. 

**Note to media: hi-res images featuring Mystery of the Mayan Medallion exhibit are available upon request

Themed daily programming during Black History Month 

            Mini-Musical: Georgia’s History Alive…Read On!

            Weekdays and 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

            Weekends at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

            *Written by Jerry G. White

            *Musical arrangement by Abe White            

            In celebration of Black History Month, Children's Museum of Atlanta is excited to present a special

            20-minute musical titled Georgia’s History Alive…Read On! Presented by Museum Imaginators, this new musical features a librarian and two students (Dewey and Carrel) to show children how    they can find all types of exciting information in their library!

 

            Story Time:

            Weekdays at 1  p.m.; Saturdays at 12 p.m.    

·         “Mousetropolis” by R. Gregory Christie

Visitors are invited to join an Imaginator for a special story time, as Children’s Museum celebrates the new book by Georgia Book Illustrator R. Gregory Christie. “Mousetropolis” is a new retelling of Aesop's fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.”

·         “Draw what you see: The life and Art of Benny Andrews” by Kathleen Benson

Children can gather around an Imaginator for a reading of “Draw what you see: The life and Art of Benny Andrews” by Kathleen Benson. In the story, Benny Andrews loves to draw, and he dreams of a better life. In the end, Benny’s dreams take him far from the rural Georgia of his childhood. His story will inspire budding young artists to work hard and follow their dreams.              

            Music and Movement

            Weekdays at 2 p.m. and weekends at 3 p.m.

·         All Aboard!

Black music has had influence on most of the music we hear today. West African rhythms, chants and song structures were brought to America during the slave trade, and this led to the birth of jazz, blues and spirituals genres. Through this Music and Movement program, visitors will dance their way through decades of various music genres influenced by black music.

·         Jazz Time!

As Children's Museum of Atlanta celebrates Black History Month, visitors are invited to join an Imaginator for a special Music and Movement program with Jazz music by the great Musician and Bandleader William "Count" Basie!           

            Art Studio

            Weekdays 10:30-3:30 p.m. and weekends 11-4 p.m.

·         Sculptor

Children will create their very own sculpture to take home, as they learn about the work of Elizabeth Catlett, an African-American graphic artist and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century.

·         Narrative quilts

Visitors can create their own narrative quilts with various patterns, as they learn about Faith Ringgold, an African-American artist best known for her narrative quilts. 

·         Color Field Paint

Children will learn and create a color field painting with inspirations from Sam Gilliam, an African-American Color Field Painter and Lyrical Abstractionist artist.

·         Buttons

During this Art Studio project, visitors will create art using buttons inspired by African-American Visual Artist Beau McCall.

            Build It Lab

            Weekdays 10:30-3:30 p.m. and weekends 11-4 p.m. 

·         Car Project

At the Build It Lab, older children (ages 6-9) will enjoy a supervised space where they have access to real tools and materials needed to spark creativity, nurture curious minds and ignite the next wave of innovators. For the Car Project, children can create their very own vehicle to travel the world – from Canada to South America! Guests will learn to cut, sand and assemble their very own toy car.

·         Raft Project

Ahoy mate! Children can join instructors in the Build It Lab to assemble their very own raft – just like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn! 

Spectacular Science Show

Weekdays at 3 p.m. and weekends at 4 p.m.

·         Guests can join Professor Labcoat and his Imaginator associates for fun with science! This program features a variety of hands-on, science demonstrations – from magnetism to chemical reactions to astronomy. All demonstrations are informative, fascinating and incredibly fun (perfect for kids ages 4 and up). 

Step Up to Science Bar

Weekdays 10:30-2:30 p.m. and weekends 11-3:30 p.m.

·         Kids can marvel at the inner workings of the human body, the wonder of light and the technology of robots in this new permanent mezzanine-level exhibit! The Step Up to the Science Bar allows guests to come up and ‘order’ a hands-on demonstration or experiment. 

Eat A Georgia Rainbow

Sundays at 12 p.m.

Join the Imaginators for this seasonal program featuring fruits and vegetables that can be harvested in Georgia throughout the year. Visitors will also be able to participate in a cool cooking activity!

Special Programming During February: 

            The Science Wondershop with Brian "Dr. Science" Williams

            Sundays at 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. (Available February 7, 14, 21 and 28; March 6 and 27)

            The Science Wondershop offers children the opportunity to explore science through exciting, hands-on activities. The program is designed for adult-child interaction to encourage imagination,    curiosity and an interest in the world. Space for this popular program is limited, so families are encouraged to act fast! Sign-up sheets are available at the Museum’s Welcome Center on a first            come, first served basis. 

Meet the Holidays: Chinese New Year

Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7

Special programming schedule for Saturday, February 6:     

·         11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Piccadilly Puppets Company presents Once Upon a Time in China

This enchanting Chinese tale is a multi-cultural gem with a moral about the importance of honesty. Visitors will enjoy a show featuring an Emperor who provides a future for the land he loves and a peasant boy who helps him.

·         11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Art Studio Open Hours

The Art Studio will feature a special craft to celebrate the Chinese New Year! Children can create monkey ears to represent 2016 as the year of the monkey.

·         11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Build It Lab Open Hours

Visitors are invited to participate in a Chinese New year-themed project! Children will build tangrams.

·         12 p.m. – Special Story Time

            As Children’s Museum celebrates the Chinese New Year, visitors are invited to join Father Gander or Mother Goose for a special story time. Children will listen to a reading of the                                             wonderful book “Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year” by Joan Holub and Illustrated by Benrei Huang.

·         2 p.m. – Special Music & Movement

            Families are invited to celebrate Chinese New Year with Children’s Museum of Atlanta as part of their popular “Meet the Holidays” program. The Chinese New Year, also known as                                    the Spring Festival, is a time for Chinese families to come together for a special gathering. It is also traditional for every family to clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and                   to make way for good incoming luck. Visitors will celebrate with a special dragon parade, music and kid-powered “firecrackers” made from bubble wrap and stomping feet!

·         3 p.m. – Chinese American Culture Performing Group

      Kids can enjoy “Chinese Tibetan Folk Dance Full of Love and Joy on the Heavenly Road,” a Chinese classical music piece, a Chinese New Year folk Song and 5000 Years of Chinese                     Dynasty Costume Show.

·         4 p.m. – Super Science Spectacular Show!

Special programming schedule for Sunday, February 7:       

·         11 a.m. – Atlanta Chinese Dance Company

Guests can celebrate Chinese New Year with the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company!  With dazzling costumes, colorful props and melodic music from China, authentic Chinese dances are interspersed with historical and cultural background information. Visitors will also have an opportunity to try their hand at traditional ribbon dancing!

·         11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Art Studio Open Hours

The Art Studio will feature a special craft to celebrate the Chinese New Year! Children can create monkey ears to represent 2016 as the year of the monkey.

·         11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Build It Lab Open Hours

Visitors are invited to participate in a Chinese New year-themed project! Children will build tangrams.

·         12 p.m. – Eat A Georgia Rainbow

During this cooking activity, visitors will learn how to make a sweet potato mousse with an added orange, which symbolizes good luck for the Chinese New Year.

·         1 p.m. –Mini Musical

·         2 p.m. – Special Story Time

            As Children’s Museum celebrates the Chinese New Year, visitors are invited to join Father Gander or Mother Goose for a special story time. Children will listen to a reading of the                                             wonderful book “Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year” by Joan Holub and Illustrated by Benrei Huang.

·         3 p.m. – Special Music & Movement

Families are invited to celebrate Chinese New Year with Children’s Museum of Atlanta as part of their popular “Meet the Holidays” program. The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a time for Chinese families to come together for a special gathering. It is also traditional for every family to clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Visitors will celebrate with a special dragon parade, music and kid-powered “firecrackers” made from bubble wrap and stomping feet!

·         4 p.m. – Super Spectacular Science Show

 

Themed Activities for Valentine’s Day Weekend

Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14

Special programming on Saturday, February 13:

·         11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Art Studio Open Hours

Guests will make a variety of Valentine’s Day crafts for their loved ones, including a Valentine’s Day Mobile and a thoughtful card. There will even be an opportunity for face painting!

·         12 and 2 p.m. – Special Valentine’s Day Story Time

            Love is in the air! Visitors can join Children’s Museum Imaginators for a special story time with Mother Goose or Father Gander. They will read “The Night Before Valentine’s Day” by                           Natasha Wing and illustrated by Heidi Petach. In the story, kids are getting ready for the sweetest holiday of the year.

Special programming on Sunday, February 14:

·         11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Art Studio Open Hours

Guests will make a variety of Valentine’s Day crafts for their loved ones, including a Valentine’s Day Mobile and a thoughtful card. There will even be an opportunity for face painting!

·         2 p.m. – Special Valentine’s Day Story Time

            Love is in the air! Visitors can join Children’s Museum Imaginators for a special story time with Mother Goose or Father Gander. They will read “The Night Before Valentine’s Day” by                           Natasha Wing and illustrated by Heidi Petach. In the story, kids are getting ready for the sweetest holiday of the year.

For more information or to support Children's Museum of Atlanta, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS [5437] 

About Children’s Museum of Atlanta:

Children’s Museum of Atlanta is the only educational venue of its kind in Atlanta, presenting educational programs and exhibits designed for young children ages 0-8. The Museum’s mission is to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning for all children through the power of play. With six permanent learning zones consisting of bright, creative and hands-on exhibits, the Museum supports inventive play-based exploration and experiential learning focused on the whole child. Core competencies for literacy, math and science are promoted throughout all exhibits and programming in alignment with the state and national Core Performance Standards. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta also offers parties, memberships, field trips, summer camp and private events. For more information or to support Children's Museum of Atlanta, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS [5437]. 

Museum Admission: General Admission is $14.95 (plus tax) for anyone 1 – 100 years old. Babies and members are admitted for free. All daily programs are included in price of admission. Group rates and military discounts are available. For more information regarding ticket and membership options, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org/plan-your-visit/faqs/

Museum Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Closed on Wednesdays. Please check the Museum website to confirm hours of operation.

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