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Experience Holiday-Inspired Programming at The Children's Museum of Atlanta

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta Announces December Programming

A Full Month of Festive and Educational Programming for Families to Enjoy!

Tis’ the season to PLAY! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites families to experience a merry month of special events and educational programs featuring holidays around the world. Children can get into the spirit of the season with engaging exhibits and learning stations to spark their imagination through the power of play. Below is a schedule of exhibit information and special programming for December 2013.

Feature Exhibit: Moneyville

September 28, 2013 – January 12, 2014

Money! Money! Money! Money isn’t just about dollars and cents. The ancient Aztecs used chocolate for money, and Yap Islanders used 500-lb. stones! So what is money and how does it work? Now families, adults and children can explore the history, science, math and economics behind money in Moneyville. This new, highly interactive traveling exhibition uses the familiar and fascinating subject of money to build math skills and promote economic literacy in a fun and urban environment.

In the exhibit, children will enter the vibrant “city” of Moneyville and embark on an interactive, hands-on tour through a money factory, an anti-counterfeiting lab, a bank, a shopping district, a stock market and an international shipping dock. As participants engage in the multiple activities of this imaginary city, they discover economic concepts, math skills and problem-solving strategies that can help them in their real-life decision making.


Daily Programming during Moneyville:

Laugh and Learn

Mondays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.; Sundays at 11:00 a.m. (Through January 12);

Join World Currency Walter, Bankonit, Monty and Mr. Teller and discover money from other countries. Play the game “How to Spend My Money” and a match the presidents’ faces to dollar bills.

Mini-Musical: “We’re In the Money”

Mondays at 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 11:00 a.m.;

Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.; Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Take a journey to a time in history when money didn't exist, then jump forward to the present where you learn about supply and demand. Finally take a trip to the future to learn the most important lesson of all…saving money is the best thing you can do for your future.... even if you are just a kid!

* Written by Laura Lee Gill, music by Dolph Amick.

Craft: Allowance is Awesome

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 1:00 p.m.

Create your own banking system by decorating three jars labeled Share, Save and Spend Smart. 

Puppet Show “Where’s Penny; A Journey of Self Worth”

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. (Through January 12)

Join Penny as she finds her way home with a little help from her new friends. During her travels she learns how to barter and discovers her true value.

Music and Movement: Build Your Wealth

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (Through January 12)

Join the Imaginators for a fast-paced money building game!

Music and Movement: The Piggy Bank Shake

Sundays at 2:00 p.m. (Through January 12)

Join the Imaginators for the Piggy Bank Shake. Having this much fun has never cost so little!

Storytime: Moneyville Storytime

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 3:00 p.m.;

Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. (Through January 12)

Do you know what money is or how it is made? Join an Imaginator to find the answers in the book One Cent, Two Cent, Old Cent, New Cent by Bonnie Worth.

Eat a Georgia Rainbow

Sundays at 1:00 p.m. (Through December 15)

Join the Imaginators for this seasonal program that features fruits and vegetables that are harvested in Georgia. Visitors will participate in a fun story telling program and a cooking activity.

Hands On Science: Exploration Station

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 2:20 p.m.

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


Special December Programming:

North Georgia Tinplate Trackers (NGTT) Holiday Trains Display

December 6 – December 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All Aboard! The North Georgia Tinplate Trackers (NGTT) will display a variety of interactive holiday trains at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta from Friday, December 6 through Friday, December 13. 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. 

*On Friday, December 13, the trains will only be available until 12:00 p.m.

Santa’s Workshop – Exclusive Member Event

December 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join us at Santa's Workshop in the North Pole for a very merry evening of food, fun and frolicking!

Help the elves build a toy, play reindeer games, sing and dance to your favorite Christmas carols, visit and take pictures with Kris Kringle himself and much, much more! This event is for members only. Tickets are $6 per member and must be purchased by Monday, December 2. Tickets will not be available at the door. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/9BFYgP. To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/1auHPbA.

Not a Museum member? Join today by visiting http://bit.ly/19MwSAI.

Meet the Holidays: Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe

Saturday, December 7 at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Join the Imaginators for one of Mexico’s most celebrated religious holidays, Our Lady of Guadalupe! 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 in 1531. Listen to the Lullabye of the Virgin of Guadalupe by Kelly Stuart and then make a decorative God’s Eye ornament to symbolize the reflection of Mary’s eyes.

Special Chorus Performance

Friday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m.

The Centennial Place Elementary Chorus is a group of 4th and 5th grade students who excel in Reading, Writing, and 'Rithmetic, but most of all, they love to SING! The CPE Chorus will be singing a few winter favorites that any crowd will be sure to enjoy!

Explore the Museum: Early Hours at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Saturday, December 14 and Monday, December 16 at 9:00 a.m.

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, thanks to a grant from the Rich Foundation, is hosting five Explore the Museum: Early Hours opportunities designed for children on the autism spectrum and their families. These opportunities (which will take place one hour before the general public is admitted) allow children and families to learn about the museum at their own pace.  Social stories and visual schedules will be available to help you navigate the different learning zones and the areas you wish to explore. These innovative tools help to make the museum visit more comfortable and enjoyable and create a comprehensive welcoming structure. This exclusive series of events will enable parents to make connections with other families, and offer new tools and resources created by CMA inpartnership with its Autism Spectrum Advisory Committee. On these days, the Museum will open at 9 a.m. These Early Hours events are free to families with children on the Autism Spectrum, but Reservations are required. For reservations, please call 404-527-3693 or email reservations@childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

Meet the Holidays: Hannukah

Saturday, December 14 at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Join the Imaginators for the Festival of Lights celebrated by Jewish people around the world! In ancient times the Maccabean army entered a 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 eight days! Listen to The Runaway Dreidel by Leslea Newman and then make their own Dreidel game.

Meet the Holidays: Christmas

Saturday, December 21 at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 p.m.

A wreath has long been a sign of welcome, joy and holiday spirit. On Christmas day, Christians celebrate the birth of their savior, Jesus. Join the Imaginators for a reading of The Light of Christmas by Richard Paul Evans. Children can then make their own Christmas wreath to celebrate the season!

Meet the Holidays: Kwanzaa

Saturday, December 28 at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 29 at 3:00 p.m.

Join the Imaginators in the weeklong celebration honoring universal African-American heritage and culture! Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karernga and was first celebrated in 1966-1967. Visitors can listen to Seven Candles for Kwanzaa by Andrea Davis and then make an Mkeka, the mat on which the six Kwanzaa symbols rest.

Third Annual Noon Year’s Eve Ball

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

10…9…8…7… The Children’s Museum is counting down to the “noon year” for 2014 – come celebrate! Join Princess Tiana and Prince Charming for cotillion dancing on Noon Year’s Eve. Afterward help them count down to the "noon year" then join a grand ballroom procession throughout the Museum. Reservations are recommended.


For the full December programming and events calendar, please visit http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/.

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