With all of the traveling we did this year (maybe not a lot for some, but a lot for us) and some upcoming travel, we decided to hang out at home and play around in Atlanta. We had not been to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta in a while and for good reason.
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta had been closed for months doing a ton of renovations including two new permanent exhibits, a new 3.000 square foot mezzanine level, enhanced existing galleries and a permanent performance space for the Museums Imaginators. We picked a good day, too as the weather was starting to finally clear!
The girls? All four of them (9, 7, 3, 2) all loved the museum. In all honesty, it’s pretty under-whelming for an adult. Thankfully, it’s not for us and the kids love all of it. They were so excited, the bounced from exhibit to exhibit making sure they saw them all and experienced them all.
The farm-to-table and grocery area is definitely improved and made bigger. With fruits and vegetables to gather and weigh.
To full goodies to get off the shelves and kid-sized grocery carts to push around. There is even a conveyer belt and cash register for checking out.
But, the cow to “milk” is still there.
There is an entire kitchen complete with booths where the kids can pretend to cook, eat, serve and more. Of course, it was all perfectly sized for toddlers and preschoolers, but the older girls were able to have fun, too.
The moon sand exhibit is still there, but with more classrooms around it. They added some lights over one of the tables to make it look like it was moving.
This was a hoot. I would say it was almost the whole height of the building and the girls loved climbing and maneuvering around in here.
My favorite areas were upstairs in the new mezzanine. There were science exhibits and many STEM activities. There was also an instructor with the section going over magnets, air pressure and using a microscope. You can see that my daughter’s grey shirt was actually made of white and black fibers. They thought it was really cool!
B and E had a great time trying to figure out the robots. Put together in the right sequence, they would turn, move and make noise. We found we just lucked out if they did something.
B had a great time with the LEGOs and block towers. It was the perfect area for her to get some playing without me having to corral her as there was only one side open.
In the back is still a toddler area, but it’s been updated and improved as well as a room for nursing mothers complete with chairs and changing tables.
There were several other exhibits that we weren’t able to get to in staying for almost 2 hours. The girls had a great time, so I know we will be going back. It costs $14.95 per person ages 1 and up, so it can get pricey, but you can bring your own lunch/snacks or leave and come back (as long as there is space) so there are options to make it a longer day.
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*Thank you to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for providing tickets. All thoughts are my own.