Thursday, January 18, 2018

Children's Museum of Atlanta - Black History Month

Kids can also celebrate Valentine’s Day, Winter Games, President’s Day and more!

ImageChildren’s Museum of Atlanta invites families to escape the cold and join the Imaginators for a variety of educational programs throughout February.  Little ones can look forward to learning about influential African American leaders though special story time, an original musical written by Jerry G. White, one of the Museum’s own Imaginators, and more during Black History Month.  In addition, little ones can go for the gold during the Museum’s own version of the Winter Olympics, craft personalized Valentine’s Day cards for loved ones, participate in White House-inspired lawn games in honor of President’s Day, and more!
Feature Exhibit: HealthyvilleJanuary 27-May 28
Healthyville Healthyville is a place for everybody!  This bilingual (English/Spanish), interactive exhibit teaches health and wellness lessons through play-filled activities and educational messages that foster learning by doing.  Designed primarily for children ages 5 – 12 and their parents, caregivers, and teachers, Healthyville provides visitors with hands-on opportunities to explore health topics in ways that help them understand their bodies, the importance of making healthy choices, and how to apply these concepts in everyday situations.  Healthyville features engaging content about how the body works and the effects of our positive or negative health choices.
Healthyville was created by Stepping Stones Museum for Children for the members of the Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative (YMEC).  Healthyville is sponsored locally by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life with additional support from Georgia Power Foundation.  Major funding for Children’s Museum of Atlanta is provided by Fulton County Board of Commissioners.  Major support provided by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.
Black History Month Programming
February 1-28
·     Music and Movement
Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; Sundays at 11 a.m.; Weekdays at 2 p.m.
Kids can visit the Children’s Museum of Atlanta stage to move and groove to the sounds of the roaring 1920s through song and dance made popular during the Harlem Renaissance.
·     Mini-Musical: Peach State Flyer written by Jerry G. White with music by Abe White
Weekends at noon and 2 p.m.; Weekdays at 11 a.m. and noon
All aboard!  Families are invited to board the Peach State Flyer steam train to learn about the valuable contributions of great African Americans in history through stories and songs.

·     Story Time
Weekends at 1 p.m.; Weekdays at 3 p.m.
Kids can join the Imaginators for a special reading of “Look What Brown Can Do!” by T. Marie Harris and illustrated by Neda Ivanova to celebrate the many contributions of African Americans across several fields.

Healthyville·     Eat a Georgia Rainbow
Sundays at 3 p.m.
Georgia is home to a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables!  Families are welcome to partake in a cold cooking activity and scavenger hunt utilizing food native to the state.

·     Super Spectacular Science Show
Weekends at 4 p.m.; Weekdays at 1 p.m.
Professor Labcoat and her assistants will lead a mesmerizing science demonstration for the entire Museum.  Kids are invited to see what kind of fun she and her assistants have cooked up!  Questions are encouraged at the end of the show.

·     Science Bar
Weekends from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Weekdays from 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
African American scientists have made and continue to make important contributions to science, math, and technology.  Kids can visit the Science Bar to learn more about their discoveries in chemistry, botany, space exploration, and more!

·     Art Studio
Weekends from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Weekdays from 10:30 am.-3:30 p.m.
Little ones can explore the works and art mediums of world-renowned African American artists including Carrie Mae Weems and Kara Walker.

·     Build It Lab
Weekends from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Weekdays from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
African American inventor Garrett Augustus Morgan changed the world with his invention of the traffic signal. Kids can recreate his invention using wood and paper to craft their own traffic light while learning about electric circuits as well.

Building Blocks Programs
Recommended for children one to five years old
Tiny Club Monday
10:30 a.m.
Designed for little minds, Tiny Club Monday offers FOODiE Club, SCiENCE Club, ARTiST Club, and BUiLDER Club for children ages 2-5 and caregivers to enjoy together. The 30-minute classes offer hands on activities, professional instruction, and the chance to create and learn something new!
Messy Thursday
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Little visitors and guardians are invited to get messy!  Messy Thursdays offer slime, finger painting, and more!  Let the Children’s Museum of Atlanta clean up the mess while the little ones have a blast.  New, messy activities await every week to try, offering endless opportunities.
ImageToddler Jam Fridays
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Kids are invited to rock and roll into the weekend with this high energy, music-filled class guaranteed to shake out the wiggles and foster a love of music.  Each week, little ones can enjoy new songs, instrument play, circle time activities and, of course, dance breaks.
February Special Programming
Winter Olympics Celebration
Saturday, February 10
·     Children’s Museum of Atlanta Olympics Opening Ceremonies
11 a.m.
Families are invited to kick off the Museum’s own version of the Winter Olympics with a celebratory torch relay!  Guests can continue the festivities by reciting the Olympic pledge and marching in the parade of nations.

·     Sports Around the World
Noon and 2 p.m.
Little ones can join the Imaginators for an interactive game that will explore a variety winter sports played in countries across the world.

·     Story Time
1 p.m.
Sports are full of important lessons, including honesty, fairness, hard work, and pursing dreams.  Kids can gather around the Children’s Museum of Atlanta stage for readings of Olympics-themed books such as “Snowman Paul at the Winter Olympics” written by Yossi Lapid and illustrated by Joanna Pasek, to learn more about these important lessons!

·     Super Spectacular Science Show – On Ice!
3 p.m.
Future Olympians can learn the science behind skating with Professor Labcoat as she perfects her triple axel and Lutz jump!

·     Children’s Museum of Atlanta Olympics Closing Ceremonies
4 p.m.
To close the Olympic ceremonies, children will learn how to say the name of popular Olympic sports in Korean and participate in the final parade of nations.

·     Science Bar
11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Science is everywhere!  Visit the mezzanine to uncover how Olympic athletes use science to properly nourish their bodies to perform at peak levels through a special exhibit focused on health, nutrition and the human body.

·     Art Studio
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Blossoming little athletes can make their own medal out of recycled materials to take home and display.

·     Build It Lab
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bobsledding is a thrilling, fast-paced event at the Winter Olympics Children can help the Build It Lab Educator craft the Museum’s very own “bobsled” track and watch as a marble winds through the twists and turns.

ImageValentine’s Day
Sunday, February 11

·     Sweetheart Dance
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Families are invited to grab their dancing shoes and visit the Children’s Museum of Atlanta stage to learn about special partner dances for the holiday.
·     Musical Hearts
Little ones can dance to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta Stage to participate in a heart-themed version of musical chairs.  No one can lose at this loving game, but the participant landing on the golden heart when the music stops gets to lead the group in a silly movement.

·     Storytime
1 p.m.
Kids can join the Imaginators for a special story time that celebrates the love we share with friends and family on Valentine’s Day.  In “Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool,” written by James Dean and illustrated by Kimberly Dean, Pete learns all about the special cats in his life on this holiday.

·     Eat A Georgia Rainbow
3 p.m.
Guests will engage in a scavenger hunt and cold cooking activity in this program dedicated to highlighting the variety of fruits of vegetables Georgia has to offer.

·     Art Studio
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
A symbol of care can be as simple as a giving someone a card.  Children can create their own Valentine’s Day Cards at the Art Studio to take home and share with someone special.

·     Build It Lab
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tiny Tinkerers will have the space to be curious, creative, and crafty at the Build It Lab.  In celebration of Valentine’s Day, kids will have the tools to build a Friendship Box to hold keepsakes from close friends.

Black History Month Dance
Saturday, February 17
·     3D Dance Company
Noon and 1 p.m.
Atlanta’s 3D Dance Company will take the Children’s Museum of Atlanta stage as part of the Black History Month celebrations to share traditional East African dances that pay tribute to the roots of African American culture.

President’s Day
Monday, February 19
·     Mini-Musical: Peach State Flyer written by Jerry G. White with music by Abe White
11 a.m.
Kids can learn about significant contributions of Georgia natives through song and story in this steam rolling musical.

·     Special Story Time with Music and Movement
Noon and 3 p.m.
Little ones can circle around as the Imaginators read “If I Were President” by Catherine Stier.  Afterwards, the Imaginators will lead kids in an inauguration parade.
·     White House Lawn Games
2 p.m.
Families can join the Imaginators for presidential relay games including a matching game of presidents to their pets and building a money tower while learning which president is on each coin.

·     Science Bar
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Little ones can visit the Science Bar on Presidents’ Day to engineer Abraham Lincoln’s log cabin, learn which liquids best clean a penny, and more!  Located on the mezzanine, it’s a one stop science shop!

·     Art Studio
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Children are invited to make American flags using crafts materials such as tissue paper or other Americana-themed projects.

·     Build It Lab
10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Children and their caregivers will have the tools and materials to ignite their inner innovator and craft a presidential themed project.

Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Saturday, February 24
On Saturday, February 24, the Museum is celebrating National Tell a Fairy Tale Day!  Join us for a fun-filled day of fantasy and lore, all while encouraging reading, writing, and literary creativity.  Listed programs will occur at scheduled times, and additional activity tables can be visited for more Fairy Tale fun!
Tell a Fairy Tale Day·     Fairytale Mad-libs
11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Families can help the Imaginators create a fairy tale in this interactive story-telling program. Children will learn about plots, parts of speech and more to build a creative and memorable story.

·     Tournament of Fairy Tales
2 p.m.
Who goes there?!  Kids can participate in magical fairy tale trivia and relay games to challenge the troll and cross his bridge, just like the Billy goats gruff.

Tell a Fairy Tale Day·     Cinderella’s Ball
2 p.m.
When the clock strikes 2, children can visit to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta stage for a waltz lesson before time runs out!

·     Art Studio
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
 Little ones can visit the studio to make to create their very own crown using a variety of colorful materials!

·     Build It Lab
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Little builders can make a catapult worthy of defending any castle imaginable!  For additional fun, children can join the CMA Imaginators on the Mezzanine to build the ultimate cardboard kingdom!

Ongoing Monthly Programs
Target Free Second Tuesday
Tuesday, February13 from 1-6 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites local families to visit the Museum free of charge on the second Tuesday of each month.  Registration for Target Free Second Tuesdays will be available exclusively online through the Museum’s website ( the day prior to each event to create a seamless process for guests.  Guests who do not register in advance will be admitted on a first come, first served basis pending availability.
 Patrons will be able to choose from two sessions:
·     Session 1: 1 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
·     Session 2: 3:45 p.m. – 6 p.m.                       

For more information on the January program offerings or to support Children's Museum of Atlanta, visit or call 404.659.KIDS [5437].

Monday, January 15, 2018

Atlanta Botanical Garden - Valentines in the Garden!

Toast your Sweetie with Decadent Desserts, Exotic Orchids!

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day by enjoying cocktails, dancing, and desserts in the most romantic setting in town – the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where in February fragrant orchids set a romantic mood with their exotic backdrop.

Valentines in the Garden, set for 7 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, will offer decadent chocolates and other scrumptious sweets while guests sip cocktails from cash bars, dance to live entertainment, and explore Orchid Daze by night.  The annual plant exhibition, from February 10 -- April 1, features tropical settings lush with exquisite, fragrant orchids throughout the Fuqua Orchid Center, home to one of the largest collections of species orchids in the United States.  

For ticket information, visit

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show!

Flower show features designers Bruno Duarte and James Farmer

Renowned floral designers and entertaining gurus Bruno Duarte and James Farmer will share their sought-after expertise on Saturday, Feb. 24 during the Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show.

With the theme Ingenue: A Toast to Georgia’s Film Industry, the show, set for February 23 – 25, includes juried competitions in Floral Design, Horticulture, and Photography as well as a professional Landscape Design division (Registration details at

In addition to the competitions, the event, which benefits the Garden’s International Plant Exploration Program, will feature Duarte, an internationally known floral designer,  and Farmer, a Georgia floral and interior designer, and lifestyle author.
Duarte grew up surrounded by flowers on his family's farm in Madeira, an island paradise off the coast of Morocco that’s known as the floating garden and home to rare species of flowers from around the world.  It's there that his passion for orchids and all things floral began.

Duarte’s approach to floral design is both sculptural and emotional, blending together organic materials and found objects to create works of art.  His floral studio in Toronto is often mistaken for an art gallery, where weekly window displays are created to showcase his artistry.

His exceptional craftsmanship and innovative design techniques have captured the attention of socialites and celebrities such as Renee Zellweger, Patti LaBelle, and Sir Elton John.  When not in his studio, he can be found designing in front of a live audience, appearing frequently on local and national television programs, and at home and garden shows.

Born and raised in the South, Farmer is a professional garden, floral and interior designer; author; and lifestyle expert.  He is the author of the books A Time To Plant; Sip & Savor; Porch Living; Wreaths For All Seasons; A Time To Cook, Dinner on the Grounds; A Time to Celebrate; and A Place to Call Home.

In addition, Farmer is an editor-at-large for Southern Living and a frequent guest on television and radio shows.  A skilled and entertaining speaker, he masterfully guides his audience through the art of elegant garden living.

Tickets to hear both speakers are $50 and can be purchased at show. For more information, call 404-591-1730.      

Center for the Puppetry Arts - Rainforest Adventures!

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Prepare for a wild adventure beneath a Brazilian treetop canopy, courtesy of toucans, anacondas, sloths, and more!
Playing January 23-March 4, Rainforest Adventures is an up-close look at a day in the life of animals living in one of the most amazing, mysterious places on earth.  Explorers of all ages will experience Brazilian-inspired music as they come face-to-face with more than 30 exotic plants and animals that inhabit the Amazonian ecosystem.  A mischievous howler monkey leaping from tree to tree, bats beating their wings in a glorious evening ballet, a keen-eyed harpy eagle searching for its next meal, and pink river dolphins playfully exploring the waterways create a vibrant escape to the tropics as the Amazon Rainforest comes to life! 
Center for Puppetry ArtsCo-written by the Center’s Artistic Director Jon Ludwig, with Stephanie Kaskel Bogle and Raylynn Hughes, Rainforest Adventures features numerous puppets performed in a Czech Black style by puppeteers Brian Harrison, Jake Krakovsky, Emily Marsh, Tim Sweeney, and Anna Claire Walker.  As part of the Czech Black tradition, puppeteers dress in black from head to toe and manipulate puppets in a tight curtain of light in front of them, ultimately allowing them to disappear behind the light.  Hidden from sight, puppeteers are able to create dazzling, complex movements of all kinds with the puppets and props, sometimes with three or four puppeteers working together to execute a single movement.  The scenery as well as all of the puppets were designed and built by the Center, and many of the puppets were built to scale making them the same size as their counterparts in the wild. 
Recommended for ages 4 and up, Rainforest Adventures is presented in the Mainstage Theater, January 23 – March 4 with reduced-price previews on January 23 and 24 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
On Sunday, January 28, Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a series of activities that will allow them to be eligible for all four STEM patches in a single day.  Scouts will explore the science of the rainforest ecosystem, technology behind puppet performances, engineering used to design some of the puppets in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum exhibits, and the math skills utilized to build a puppet in the Create-A-Puppet Workshops™.   Activities will take place from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Center for Puppetry ArtsCenter for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts will continue its dedication to programming for patrons with ASD on Sunday, February 11, with sensory-friendly modifications to the performance as well as in the Museum and in the Create-A-Puppet Workshops™.  The Center will also provide a quiet room, social stories, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys for guests who need those resources.  For details, visit
Regular show times are as follows:
·     Tuesday-Friday:  10 a.m. and 11:30 am.       
·     Saturday:  11 a.m. and 1 pm.
·     Sunday:  1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Center for Puppetry Arts

Tickets are
$9.75 (Members) and $19.50 (nonmembers).  The Family Series All-Inclusive Tickets include admission to the performance, Worlds of Puppetry Museum (with the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts in the world as well as a Global Gallery), and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make and perform with their own Pink River Dolphin marionette.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 404.873.3391.