The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is a place to spark imagination and discovery through the power of play in all children. The Programs and exhibits are designed for children up to age 8 in a facility located in Centennial Olympic Park.
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Beginning as a virtual museum in 1988, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta provided innovative programming through virtual learning to schools and community centers. A permanent location was not found until 2003 in Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The Children’s Museum has since become a signature part of the cultural landscape of downtown Atlanta, providing educational experiences to more than 200,000 annual visitors and more than 2 million guests since its grand opening.
The mission of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, CMA, is to use the power of play to spark imagination and discovery in children and inspire learning. CMA is the only educational venue of its kind in the region with educational exhibits and programs designed for children under the age of 8 that are interactive and encourage problem solving and artistic expression. State alignment with the CORE competencies are also presented throughout all exhibits.
There are temporary exhibits in addition to the four permanent learning zones at CMA. The temporary exhibits are showcased as an opportunity to focus on a specific educational concept and incorporate innovative programming that can further understanding of world events, financial literacy, multicultural events, or other concepts.
There are currently 6 permanent exhibits at CMA
Fundamentally Food- This exhibit explores all the different ways we get our food. Visitors can have fun on a farm and learn the difference between fruits and vegetables, play on a tractor, milk a cow, deliver fresh foods to a grocery store, shop until they drop in the aisles of a store, or sit down and order food from a diner. They can even pretend to be the server, or cook in the kitchen. There are many roles to play here as children learn just what goes into our food chain!
Gateway to the World- Children can explore 6 different continents, sift through the layers of the earth and even blast off to outer space in the newest and largest exhibit at CMA. Globe + is wheel chair accessible and also suitable for toddlers who need a more controlled environment to learn about the Earth. Children will also learn about weather patterns, feel an earthquake, feel just how cold a glacier is, and help to build the Great Wall of China.
Leaping into Learning- This exhibit is for children under 5 and explores the vastness of the natural world. Including a treehouse, waterfall that doesn’t get you wet, and bubble wall for toddlers, this area is perfect for little learners.
Let Your Creativity Flow- Art is the center of this exhibit that explores creativity and performance. The art studio, paint wall, sand tables, and a stage with costume options and props can all be found in this section of CMA. The sand tables use moon sand that is able to be sculpted with, there is also an augmented reality projector that can be played with!
Step Up to Science- The Science section of CMA is meant for children over age 2 and is a place for hands on demonstration and experimentation. Children will learn the wonders of light and the human body, robotics, and technology in this new permanent exhibit on the mezzanine.
Tools for Solutions- Children are encouraged to problems solve through hands on creativity in the Build-it Lab and use their imagination to create the cities and homes of their dreams. Visitors are given real tools and materials, blocks, and more. In Construction House, you can learn what goes into building a real home.
Visiting CMA is an educational opportunity. In addition to the exhibits, CMA offers daily programming through seasonal programs featuring food and nutrition, music and dance, mini-musicals, science demonstrations, build-it lab workshops, art studio workshops, and story times, that are all included with museum admission. A full calendar of daily museum activities is available on the CMA website.
CMA offers two summer camps annually. The CMA Adventure Camp and the CMA Mad Science Camp. Adventure Camp is an exploration of the entire museum whereas Mad Science Camp focuses more on Robotics and chemical reactions.
The Museum Store is open every day except Wednesday. You do not need museum admission to enter the store which carries a wide variety of games, educational materials, gifts, books, apparel and souvenirs.
275 Ventennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30313, website, Phone: 404-659-5437