A trip to visit family over Thanksgiving brought us to north Georgia and a day at the Tellus Science Muesum.
As with most science museums, they had a nice balance of hands-on exhibits as well as visually interesting but not fully interactive. Mining for gems was a hit as well as walking through the dinosaur exhibit.
Our little guys even sat through the planetarium show!
I have found that it works well to balance a trip by alternating the time the kids are able to play. After the planetarium show we went to the My Big Backyard exhibit so they could run and explore. Here kids can play with light, rainbows, mirrors and more in the greenhouse. The shed is filled with sound experiments, and the garage is a great place to discover the properties of magnets and work with electricity.
The Atlanta Children’s Museum is located in downtown Atlanta just down the street from the Georgia Aquarium and Coca Cola. We parked in a parking garage across the street and walked our way in and then purchased tickets for about $14 each. There are many permanent exhibits as well as an array of hands on programs throughout the day. One program we were able to participate in was a science class where they demonstrated how electricity moves through circuits using a van de graafft generator.
You know, that machine that makes your hair stand up?
Next we visited the Let Your Creativity Flow exhibit where you can build sand scupltures and put them on display.
Here you can even paint on the walls!
In the Leaping Into Learning exhibit, children enter a forest where they can cast their rods and catch colorful fish and even go under a waterfall without getting wet. My nephew loved catching fish and playing with nets in the water.
The overall favorite was definitely the Tools for Solutions exhibit.
We spent a lot of time working the crane.They had to move the balls through the unit with simple machines using creative thinking and teamwork. They played here for hours. Other programming includes story time, music and motion, and crafts shown here below.
Another fun area was the Publix delivery truck, loading dock and store.Options for play seemed endless.The Museum also hosts special programs such as Home School Days, Summer Camps, Meet the Holidays (events where kids celebrate holidays from around the world), as well as opportunities for children on the Autism Spectrum during early hours and rental rooms and packages for birthday parties.
We will definitely be making a return trip next time we’re in town.