Originally posted on December 13, 2015
This past week I was given complimentary tickets to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for a purpose of a review. My opinions like always are my own.
My girls (ages 8 and 10) wanted to attend the Grand Opening of the Children’s Museum with me. My 12-year-old son, wanted to stay home with his Dad. Total disclosure. A few weeks ago, we went to the Children’s Museum and saw the behind the scenes of what was being built. So we had an idea of what was going to be there. However, we were not prepared what so ever. It exceeded our expectations.
After you walk through the lobby, you see a GIANT globe and loads of fun. My girls went straight to the Diner and the Farm area. The Diner inspired by a popular area restaurant, has everything a budding cook can want/ need. What is really neat here, is that you can see really see and appreciate the Farm to Table Concept. Kids can “harvest” fruits and vegetables. Then send them to the farm stand, and then to the restaurant. From the Children’s Museum “This upgraded exhibit strengthens the understanding of how food functions as an integral part of daily life, and focuses on social emotional learning, math, economics, nutrition and sustainability. Children can follow the path of food from farm-to-table and participate in role-play opportunities on the farm, in the grocery store and in the new kid-sized “Diner” area. Whether little ones are collecting fresh eggs from the chicken coop on the farm, shopping and playing cashier in the grocery store or even serving up a healthy pretend meal at the diner, the Fundamentally Food zone will introduce food as a significant aspect of all cultures, address as it relates to health and well-being and more.”
A newly enhanced area is the Tools for Solution area. Here kids can build and create things with their own hands. The ball machine is located in this area. It’s still the same, but enhanced. Did you ever wonder what is behind your walls in your house? In this area, you can see that as well. From the Children’s Museum” This enhanced, multi-layered zone reaches all ages and explores the science of building through four learning environments: the giant ball machine, Built-It Lab, Construction House and City Blocks. Using six simple machines, visitors can move balls through the Museum’s beloved giant ball machine. Children can also learn how to use real tools and materials in the new Build-It Lab, which will feature building workshops and more. This lab will also house a “Maker Space” to empower young children to harness their own ideas to build inventions and artistic creations. The Construction House, designed to showcase what is “behind the walls,” features a solar panel and incorporates activities on how to attach make-believe wires, connect pipes and insulate walls. City Blocks enables children to create skyscrapers and design the city of the future. Through this revitalized exhibit space, children can hone early and more complex math skills, as they learn the importance of processes and sequencing. They also utilize creativity, social emotional and gross and fine motor skills, while discovering that even the most intricate problems can be solved step-by-step with a solid strategy and through the use of tools.”
My girls were questioning if their beloved art wall and sand area was still there. YES!! Its enriched. The paint wall, is very similar to the old wall. Just a lot more walls to use. What is really new in this area is the Sand Table. You can create mountains, rivers, and the lighting above will bring it to life. From the Children’s Museum “Let Your Creatively Flow encourages children to find and hone their creative genius utilizing creativity, arts and gross and fine motor skills. Visitors can experiment with music and explore visual arts in the new Art and Music Studio, unleash their inner Picasso at the paint wall or even dress up and shine like a star on the Children’s Museum of Atlanta stage. Let Your Creative Flow also features an Augmented Reality Sand Table, a high-tech sandbox that lets visitors mold its contents into miniature mountains, lakes and rivers, and brings that terrain to life before their eyes using an overhead topography map projection.”
I mentioned the Globe earlier. All around the globe are tables, where you can learn about all different countries. You can also climb into the globe.
The newest and best thing in my opinion is the STEM upstairs. First you walk up the stairs and it’s a piano. What I loved is that Professor Labcoat is a PHD from Georgia Tech. His assistant is a certified teacher, so they bounce off each other beautifully. If you have both younger and older children, this is the area where the older child won’t be bored. Professor Labcoat was telling me that a Father would not leave the area until he figured out the problem. From the Museum “This permanent exhibit, located on the Museum’s new mezzanine level, brings science, technology, engineering and math to life! Families can marvel at three focused topical areas for in depth exploration: the inner workings of the human body, the wonder of light and the technology of robots. These focus areas, which are designed to be adaptable, to be can be easily changed and updated to keep up with new technological developments and scientific discoveries in the field. The exhibit also features a Smartboard and Science Bar, where children can select and conduct hands-on demonstrations or experiments with the Museum’s very own Professor Labcoat. Appealing to the older children on the Museum’s age spectrum, Step Up toScience incorporates STEM learning opportunities that cannot be found in any other museum in Atlanta.”
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
You can purchase tickets HERE. They are $14.95 from 1 to adult.