The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is ready to unleash a full month of Halloween-inspired play and exploration this October! Families can gear up for the spooky season with tons of interactive, hands-on learning opportunities, including the new “Outside the Boo!” monthly theme for the Outside the Box exhibit, which highlights costumes, lights and changing colors. From creating tricky disguises with mask-making crafts to learning about the Hindu Festival of Lights with Meet The Holidays: Diwali, children of all ages are in for a treat!
Below is a schedule of exhibit information and special programming for October 2014.
Feature Exhibit: Outside the Box:
Available through December 31, 2014
Thinking outside the box has never been so fun! The feature exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta taps into the imaginative minds of children to encourage “outside of the box” thought, innovation and exploration. Through highly engaging props, activities and lots of interactive fun, children can discover the building blocks of math, engineering and technology.
Feature activities and programming during Outside the Box will change monthly, as each month highlights a new exhibit theme. October’s Outside the Box theme is “Outside the Boo!” and focuses on costumes, puppets, pumpkins, lights and changing colors for the spooky season. Families can enjoy frightful fun with mask-making activities, lantern crafts and more. Highlighted programming during October includes:
- Box Lanterns-Light up the autumn season with lanterns! Children will have the opportunity to try their hand at making their own box lanterns to shine.
- Leaf Chromatography-Nothing says fall like the beautiful, autumn hues on trees and bushes. Using die-cut filter paper leaves, washable markers and water, children will be able to see how pigments can mix in a leaf!
- Tricky Masks-It’s easy to recognize faces, but can you play a trick and treat with a funny mask? Children can enjoy mask-making crafts to create the best disguise!
Find October Daily Programming During Outside the Box (Through December 31) here.
Special Programming During October:
Meet the Holidays: Eid Al Adha
Saturday October 11 at 12 and 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 12 at 3 p.m.
Join the Islamic Speakers Bureau in a storytelling and crafts hour on the theme of the Muslim holiday of Eid Al Adha! This is the Islamic Festival of Sacrifice, when Muslim pilgrims all over the world visit the holy places of Islam in Mecca. Children can create crafts that reflect the theme of being thankful for blessings and sharing blessings with others.
On Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., children will listen to “An Eid for Everyone” by Hina Islam and then make their own personal prayer rug. Muslims engage in the communal prayer ritual five times a day. A tradition of luxurious prayer rugs may have started with a humble rattan mat. The design is typically not symmetrical, but rather has a direction (often with flowers that represent paradise, a central motif with borders and intricate patterns and very unique colors).
Read for the Record
Tuesday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
On October 21, people across the country will unite to read the children’s book “Bunny Cakes,” a comical story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans, by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells. This is all in support of Jumpstart’s mission, which is to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Families are invited to come to The Children’s Museum of Atlanta for a fun morning of activities!
Annual Trick-or-Treat Event
Saturday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Calling all ghosts, goblins and boo’tiful princesses! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is hosting their annual Trick – or – Treat event onSaturday, October 25 from 6-9 p.m. Families can look forward to trick-or-treating, play, prizes, crafts, surprises and more! Kids are encouraged to dress up in their best spooky attire. Tickets are $6 for members and $15 for non-members. Advance tickets are required; no tickets will be sold at the door. Don’t miss out on this howlin’ good time! To purchase tickets, please visit: http://bit.ly/1pxRscA.
Meet the Holidays: Diwali
Saturday, October 25 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m.
Diwali is the five-day Hindu Festival of Lights, which is celebrated in October or November. Lamps are lit and lined up on building edges and windowsills in honor of Lakshmi, the goddess of benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck. In Hinduism, the Peacock is associated with the Lakshmi. Houses are cleaned and then decorated with flower garlands, paper chains and good-luck doorstep designs made with colored powders. Families can come to The Children’s Museum to listen to the story of “Lighting a Lamp” by Johnny Zucker and Jan Barger. Then, children will decorate their own peacock!
The Science Wondershop with Brian “Dr. Science” Williams
Sundays, October 5, 12, 19 and 26: November 2, 9, 16 and 23: December 7& 14 at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
**Please note the Wondershop will not be held the Sunday after Thanksgiving
The Science Wondershop offers children the opportunity to explore science through exciting hands-on activities! The program is designed for adult-child interaction to encourage imagination, curiosity and an interest in the world. Limited space is available, with a maximum of 20 children. Reservations required. Please call 404.527.3693 to make a reservation.
Cooking with Colors
Mondays at 10:30 a.m. October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3 and 10
A colorful diet is a healthy diet! As a part of the Museum’s Eat a Georgia Rainbow program, local chef Tanisha Mott will help children create colorful and healthy meals with home-grown fruits and vegetables. This class is limited to 10 children and their adult caregivers. Reservations are required. To RSVP, please call 404.527.3693.
Lab Coat Kids Science Show
Saturday, October 4 and 18 at 12 p.m.
From way-cool chemistry to funny physics, Lab Coat Kids rewards a kid’s curiosity with
SCI-FUN programs designed to keep them thinking long after the show is over. This month, children can learn about pumpkins, lights and changing colors!
Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Wednesdays mid-August through mid-June. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; open until 1:00 p.m. Christmas Eve. Open New Year’s Eve. Please check the Museum website to confirm hours of operation.
About The Children’s Museum of Atlanta:
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is a smart place to play and a non-profit organization offering a family-friendly space filled with interactive, educational exhibits and programming for children ages eight and under. The Museum’s mission is to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning for all children through the power of play. The Museum’s four permanent learning zones consist of bright, creative, hands-on exhibits that are designed to give children an opportunity to learn through play. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta also offers parties, memberships, field trips, summer camp, and private events.
For more information or to support The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, visit their website at www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS .