A day of fun and play at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is an ideal destination for a family day trip. Although it is located in downtown Atlanta within walking distance of The Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center and The World of Coke, it pretty much fills up the day on its own, especially if you give your children enough time to play in each of its sections.

I didn’t know what to expect when I initially planned on bringing my almost-one-year-old and three-year-old boys. Here’s what I liked (and what they liked) about the museum:

It has age-appropriate areas for kids of all ages. In a section only for children five and younger, there was another section for the littlest ones, and there were soft areas like this one that were enclosed – no crawling or toddling away.

My little one seemed right at home and immediately started doing all the things as if we have those toys at home. (How do they know how to do that?)

There is an area for nursing mothers with an adjacent reading room, so presumably the mom’s older children could wait there if needed and be next to their mom. (The chair designated for nursing is behind the half wall that says “Quiet Space.”)

Visiting the museum was a fun opportunity to see how my youngest boy is learning to keep up with his older brother!

My three-year-old’s favorite thing at the museum was the Cafe, a miniature restaurant with small-scale equipment and food. Food (especially play food) is his thing, so this was perfect for him!

Opportunities for creative play are abundant at the Children’s Museum. This is a glass board that kids can paint on. Little palettes are pre-filled with paints and they have these precious little aprons for them to wear.

Several large trays are filled with moon sand (the soft, less-messy kind you can either buy or make a la countless Pinterest pins.)

An art room offers teacher-led classes throughout the day. You write your child’s name on the sign-up list, and when the time comes you can join them in the little class, which lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. Our class involved creating a planter (plastic cup) with a face on it and planting wheat grass in it. It was a success. The grass is already growing in our window as we speak, and my little boy is excited that “he’s growing hair!”

Kids can climb up through this two-story high jungle gym wall thingie (I don’t know what it’s called.)

Or they can climb up into this big globe, which my three-year-old did very proudly.

The current exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is The Magic Tree House book series. It features a special section with a table set for Thanksgiving, a mini home with a fireplace and a kitchen, a school room, a train with coal that kids can shovel into the engine, and a boat with oars so kids can pretend they’re paddling.

I had to explain what a butter churn was (of course) to my three-year-old. It was part of the Magic Tree House section, along with a fireplace for cooking. The exhibit shows what life was like at the first Thanksgiving.

We had such a fun day at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta! There is so much to do and see, you should definitely make a day of it.

Note: There are only vending machines at the museum (and the one I saw was tucked away upstairs), with no cafe or food options. However, several restaurants are within walking distance. We walked to CNN Center to eat lunch, but it was quite a hike with two little ones so I would not necessarily recommend that (Although the onion rings we got from BurgerFi were incredible.

More info:

What: The Children’s Museum of Atlanta – A fun, family-friendly, education-centered museum with countless ways for kids to learn and play!

Where: The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta

Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Wednesday.

How much: $14.95 admission for “anyone 1-100 years old,” Babies are admitted free. Advance tickets recommended.

Contact: 404-659-5437 or www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org. 



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