Local Atlanta families and tourists have a new summer activity option at the Children’s Atlanta Museum of Atlanta in downtown. In the new exhibit, Weebles Coast to Coast, guests will take a hands-on adventure across the United States, all inside the museum.
“It’s a really wonderful exploration of the 50 states,” said museum Executive Director Jane Turner. “You can pretend to ride a mule in the Grand Canyon or snorkel in Hawaii.”
She said the exhibit focuses on the country’s diverse geography, history and culture, through storytelling, arts and crafts, and games.
“What we have found is the really successful exhibits are the ones that really have a lot of fun and engaging hands-on things you can do,” Turner said. “We look for that. This is one of those. The kids can put on costumes and really engage and immerse themselves in the experience.”
Weebles Coast to Coast is an educational traveling exhibit developed by Betty Brinn Children’s Museum of Wisconsin, in collaboration with Hasbro Inc. The exhibit will be in Atlanta from now until Sept. 8, as part of a multi-year tour to children’s museums and science centers across the country.
Lead Imaginator of the museum, Jerry White, said there are four daily activities in conjunction with the exhibit.
In the morning, the Laugh and Learn program is an introduction to the educational concepts of the exhibit, he said, followed by the musical performance, “Pickles Coast to Coast.”
“It’s about two young people that travel across the country for a travel guide,” White said. “We get our young guests to become part of show as well. Kids can get up on boogie boards and surf with us.”
Then, the music and movement portion of the exhibit will allow children to move around and play sports, he said, and kids learn about sports’ teams and tradition from different states.
Finally, White said the exhibit includes a story time, featuring “The Wacky Discoveries of George Washington Carver,” a book celebrating the different fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S.
“There are so many states I haven’t visited myself,” he said. “I’ll be like a child in a candy store myself as an adult.”
While the average maximum age for museum guests is usually 8, Turner said Weebles Coast to Coast has something beneficial to offer kids up to 10.
“Georgia has wonderful things like peaches and Vidalia onions. Other states have their own very special things to offer,” she said. “I hope [guests] take away an appreciation of this country and the diversity of its geography, culture and music.”
If you go:
o What: Weebles Coast to Coast
o Where: Children’s Museum of Atlanta
o When: Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
o Tickets: $12.75 for adults and children, and kids under 1 are free
o Information: (404) 659-KIDS (5437) or www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org