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Children’s Museum of Atlanta announces December programming
Children’s Museum of Atlanta announces December programming

ATLANTA -- It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is celebrating with merry programming all month long! Families can look forward to a variety of interactive, hands-on learning opportunities featuring holidays around the world and more.

From decking the halls with festive crafts for December’s “Boxes and Bows” theme for the Outside the Box exhibit to learning about African American heritage and culture for Meet The Holidays: Kwanzaa, children can get into the spirit of the season through the power of play.\

Below is a schedule of exhibit information and special programming for December 2014.


Feature Exhibit: Outside the Box:

Available through January 25, 2015*

*Families can continue thinking “outside of the box” through the New Year! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta announced extended the dates for its feature exhibit Outside the Box – now available through

Sunday, January 25!


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.


December’s Outside the Box theme is “Boxes and Bows” and focuses on the seasonal holidays. Children and families can deck the halls with festive crafts, present-making and more.

Highlighted programming during December includes:


·         Pop-Up Cards

Children will learn how to create their own handmade, pop-up card to give with gifts.


·         How Much Outside Is There?

Some gifts are harder to wrap than others! Children will learn about why that is, and why some maps look strange.


·         Knot Right Now!

Do your shoes always come untied? You might not be tying the knot you think! Children will learn the perfect present-wrapping form for making a knot and even a bow!




December Daily Programming During Outside the Box (Through January 25):




Laugh and Learn

Mondays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.; Sundays at 11 a.m.

Children can join Ace Tool, Chief Builder and Ernie the Engineer as they build the tallest tower they can make, learn about the six simple machines and work as a team to build structures from pictures!




Mini-Musical: Outside the Box

Mondays and Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m.; Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m.; Saturdays at 11 a.m.,

1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sundays at 12 p.m.

Grimey and Patches have a house to build, but their crew and materials don’t arrive at the building site! They need workers who are strong, can follow directions and work until the project is finished.  With the help of the audience, they are able to get the job done!




Music and Movement: Motion Lab 101

Sundays at 2 p.m.

Professor Wiggles needs assistants to aid in her movement experiments! Children can bring their wiggles and giggles to see what they can create!




Music and Movement: Construction Aerobics

Monday through Saturday at 2 p.m.

Children can build their body as they join in the fun!




Storytime: Outside the Box

Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m.

Do you know how to think Outside the Box? Storytime is all about imagination and play. Children can join an Imaginator for Outside the Box storytime!




Box Lab: Winter Wonderland

Monday through Friday at 1 p.m.

Children can join the Imaginators for snowmen-making, ice fishing and igloo creations!




Eat A Georgia Rainbow

Sundays at 1 p.m.

Join the Imaginators for this seasonal program featuring fruits and vegetables that can be harvested in Georgia throughout the year! Visitors will participate in a cool cooking activity.




Hands On Science: Exploration Station

Monday through Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Science is all around us! Join Professor Labcoat’s scientific adventures, where visitors can learn about the basics of science exploration.




Sunday Storytime

Sundays at 3 p.m.

Children are encouraged to grab a blanket and delve into the world of books!




Special Programming During December:




North Georgia Tinplate Trackers (NGTT) Holiday Trains Display

Sunday, December 14 – Saturday, December 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

**Please note this exhibit will end at 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 20

All Aboard! The North Georgia Tinplate Trackers (NGTT) will display a variety of interactive holiday trains at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta from Sunday, December 14 through Saturday, December 20. The layout will delight and entertain children of all ages. Every module of the set up has push-buttons, which allow spectators to operate various model railroad accessories such as crossing gates, beacon towers, handcars, and trolleys. NGTT is a non-profit group of O-Gauge Model Railroaders that has built an Interactive Modular Layout which they set up at community events throughout the year. 




*Exclusive Members Only Holiday Event: Santa’s Workshop

Saturday, December 6 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

*Members can bring non-member friends for $15/ticket

It’s time to get into the ho-ho-holiday spirit at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Museum members are invited to attend a very merry evening of festive fun, food and frolicking with Kris Kringle himself at Santa’s Workshop on Saturday, December 6 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Children can take pictures with Santa, play reindeer games, enjoy their favorite Christmas carols and even help the elves build a toy. Space is very limited, so members are encouraged to act quickly! Tickets are $6 and will not be sold the night of the event. Museum members can bring non-member friends for $15/ticket. Don’t miss out on the holiday fun – round up the little ones and celebrate the season! For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/1wgzhME. To purchase tickets, click here or call 404.527.3693. 


Not a Museum member? Join today by visiting http://bit.ly/19MwSAI. The Museum is also offering a special holiday family membership promotion (available through December 23, 2014). Those who purchase a gift membership by the deadline will receive a FREE Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Museum! To ensure holiday delivery, please purchase by December 14. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/1Ey6x8s.  




The Science Wondershop with Brian "Dr. Science" Williams

Sundays, December 7& 14 at 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

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 our world. Limited space is available with a maximum of 20 children.  Reservations required. To RSVP, please call 404.527.3693.


Meet the Holidays: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Saturday, December 13 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico’s most important religious holiday.  On this day, people from all over Mexico travel to the chapel Tepayac Hill in Mexico City, where the mother of Jesus is said to have appeared before an Indian peasant named Juan Diego in 1531. Huge fiestas are held all over Mexico and Central America to honor the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Children can listen to “Lullabye of the Virgin of Guadalupe” by Kelly Stuart, and then make their own paper roses.




Meet the Holidays: Hanukkah

Saturday December 20 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday December 21 at 3 p.m.

Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, is an 8-day Jewish holiday that is celebrated around the world.  According to the lunar calendar, it is observed in November or December. In ancient times, the Maccabean army entered a Holy Temple and found one small drop of oil for the lamp. Hanukkah is celebrated because the small drop of oil miraculously kept the lamp lit for 8 days! Children can listen to “The Hanukkah Hop!” by Erica Silverman, and then make a Hanukkah banner.




Meet the Holidays: Christmas

Monday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 23 at 1 p.m.

Christmas is a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas evolved over two millennia into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian, pagan traditions into the festivities along the way. Today, Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together, exchange gifts and celebrate Jesus.  Children can listen to the story “The Spirit of Christmas” by Nancy Tillman, and then make cheerio candy canes!




Meet the Holidays: Kwanzaa

Saturday, December 27 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 28 at 3 p.m.

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States honoring universal African American heritage and culture. Observed from December 26 to January 1 each year, Kwanzaa features various activities, including the lighting of a candle holder with seven candles and culminating in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–1967. Children can listen to the story “Kevin’s Kwanzaa” by Lisa Bullard, and then make their own Kwanzaa candle.


Fourth Annual Noon Year’s Eve Ball

Wednesday, December 31 at 11:30 a.m.

10…9…8…7… The Children’s Museum is counting down to the “noon year” for 2015 – come celebrate! Join the Museum’s very own Princess and Prince, as they dance in the “noon year” followed by a dance party for all ages!


Due to the popularity of Noon Year’s Eve, guests are asked to plan accordingly. General Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended to ensure entrance into the Museum. Members interested in visiting the Museum should reserve tickets online. Space is limited to a first come basis for the Noon Year’s Eve program, so arrive early and don’t miss out on all of fun!