Atlanta’s “Imagine It!” Children’s Museum is a great place for kids nine and under, with tons of great exhibits and programs, to teach, entertain, and inspire. The museum has five permanent exhibits, and a space called the “Morph Gallery”, which generally hosts three different traveling exhibits through the course of a year. Previous exhibits have had titles such as “Moneyville”, “The Amazing Castle”, “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious”, and “The Shoes We Use”.
The changing exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta are very good, but the permanent exhibits are equally so. Leaping Into Learning is a place to play and learn, much like the rest of the museum. This area is best for children under five, and has a focus on nature and water, with a treehouse for your children to play in, a waterfall they can walk below without getting wet, and much more. The Resource Room at this area has lots of great books for the youngsters, and has a place for parents to sit and relax.
The first thing you’ll see when you walk into “Imagine It!” is Fundamentally Food, an exhibit where your child can learn about where food comes from, how it gets to the store, and how it gets to your house. They’ll grow crops, climb on a John Deere tractor, load boxes, go grocery shopping, and play with the toy food in a toy kitchen.
Tools For Solutions never fails to fascinate young minds, with one of the central attractions being a giant ball machine. Your children will work to move the balls around using the six simple machines: levers, wheels and axles, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges, and screws. Children can learn teamwork by working together with the other children to make the machine do what they want. This exhibit also has blocks for the budding architect, toy trains, and gardening play for the young green thumb.
Your little one can draw a masterpiece right on the wall at the Let Your Creativity Flow exhibit. They can also build sand castles, play music, put on dress up clothes, and build things.
Crawl Space is made just for toddlers, with a clean and padded area with blocks and tunnels, a bridge for them to go across, and even musical instruments.
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is generally open 10 am–4 pm every day of the week, but open until 5 pm on Saturdays & Sundays. It’s closed on Wednesdays from autumn through spring, as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission is $12.75 + tax for ages one and up. Infants are free. More information can be found here.
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is located in Museum Tower, on the corner of Baker Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive.
Address: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30313-1827