Families are invited to beat the summer heat at Children’s Museum of Atlanta with a variety of cool programs all month long! Whether they are exploring emotions in the new “XOXO” feature exhibit, learning how to prepare for the first day of kindergarten or making a firework kaleidoscope for the Fourth of July, children can learn through the power of play! Below is a schedule of exhibit information and special programming for July 2016.
Feature Exhibit: “XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness”
Available June 11 through September 4
Feelings are front and center at Children’s Museum of Atlanta newest feature exhibit. XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness is an educational traveling installation created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with support from The Fetzer Institute. This introspective exhibit will explore the power of emotions and foster conversations that bring love and forgiveness to the forefront of families’ minds. The 2,000 square foot exhibit features a brightly-colored, inviting space with 14 engaging experiences – all designed to help children understand, appreciate and express their emotions. Interactive activities include a sound recorder that analyzes tone of voice, a video station that interprets facial expressions, a soft sculpture that responds to hugs with comforting sounds and many more.
Other Special Programming during July:
Sensory Friendly Saturday
Saturday, July 2 at 9 a.m.
On the first Saturday of every month, the Museum will open at 9 a.m. (one hour before the general public admission) for families with children on the autism spectrum. This special program is dedicated to providing these families with a subdued environment during their visit, allowing private access for children to learn and play at their own pace. Many steps are taken to reduce sensory triggers, including turning off all background music and piano stairs noise and limiting the amount of guests, to create a more comforting environment. Quiet spots are also set up throughout the Museum. Admission for Sensory Friendly Saturdays is $5 for non-members and free for members. Interested families can to reserve their spot at (404) 527-3693. Tickets can also be purchased tickets online atchildrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Meet the Holidays: Eid ul Fitr
Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 from 11 – 4 p.m.
Celebrate the Fourth of July!
Monday, July 4 from 11 – 4 p.m.
Patriotic families can celebrate Independence Day with tons of star-spangled fun at Children’s Museum of Atlanta!
Target Free Second Tuesday
Tuesday, July 12 (Upcoming 2016 Target Free Second Tuesday Dates are July 12;
August 9; September 13; October 11; November 8; December 13)
Target Free Second Tuesday is a special opportunity for the community to bring their children to experience the Museum for FREE, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free admission is made possible through the generous support of Target on the second Tuesday of each month for visitors who may not have the opportunity to experience the museum or want to try the museum free of charge.
Let the Games Begin!
Saturday, July 16 from 12 – 3 p.m.
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Summer Olympic Games in Centennial Olympic Park, Children’s Museum of Atlanta is set to host “Let the Games Begin!” on Saturday, July 16! This celebratory event will include a themed story time, “parade of nations” and will even feature Olympian athletes, including Terrence R. Trammell, Kevin C. Young, Dwight Phillips, Angelo F. Taylor and Hazel Mae Clark! Families who show their 1996 Olympic Pin will receive $3 off the cost of a full-price ticket to the Museum.
Monday, July 18 – Sunday, July 24 from 11 – 3:30 p.m.
The first day of kindergarten is just around the corner! To help little ones prepare for their big day, Children’s Museum of Atlanta is offering a fun “Kindergarten Kickoff” event filled with engaging activities, special storytime, crafts and more!
For more information or to support Children’s Museum of Atlanta, visitchildrensmuseumatlanta.org
or call 404.659.KIDS