Director of Exhibits and Education at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta Karen Kelly is the studio for today’s Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio episode. Joined by co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick, the group discusses a new Mo Willems exhibit, The Pigeon Comes to Atlanta! The group also discusses upcoming events, membership and ways to get involved on this Around Atlanta Segment of Radio.
Kelly has worked with the Children’s Museum for the past 14 years and been an Atlanta resident since 1982. With two kids of her own, Kelly’s work at the Children’s Museum speaks to her both on a professional and a personal level.
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is an interactive, hands-on, minds-on museum for children from 0-9 years of age. The museum not only serves metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia but also accommodates visitors from all over the Southeast region of the United States. Right near Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coke and the Atlanta Aquarium, the museum is in the heart of the best Atlanta attractions. Pre-COVID, the museum welcomed over 200,000 guests a year. The great hands-on exhibits, permanent exhibits and on-going programming help make this museum a fantastic place for children to come learn, explore and have a good time!
The Pigeon Comes to Atlanta! a Mo Willems exhibit is currently being hosted by the museum. This exhibit is all about the popular book series from children’s author Mo Willems. Featuring characters including Pigeon, Piggie, Elephant and Naked Mole Rat, this exhibit was developed by The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in conjunction with Willems himself.
“One of the things I love about Mo Willems and his work, is he wants to give children great situations to work in, but let them figure things out for themselves,” said Kelly. “So, this exhibit is about some of that embedded into the museum itself. Kids learn about resilience and trying things over and over again and having fun.”
Activities for children to participate in at the new Mo Willems Exhibit include launching foam hot dogs at Pigeon, dressing up Naked Mole Rat for a runway fashion show, spinning at the laundromat with Knuffle Bunny, dancing with Elephant and Piggie, trying out Mo Willems art techniques and so much more.
“Children learn in all different kinds of ways,” said Kelly. “It matters that its hands-on because children learn through doing, especially at this age. They are natural scientists.”
With plenty of opportunities for visual, interactive, auditory and other forms of learning, children from a wide range of ages can greatly benefit while also having fun. The exhibit will be up through May 9, 2021, and the museum is asking that visitors make a reservation online before attending here. Due to the risks of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta is taking several precautions to limit the spread of the virus and keep visitors safe. Face masks are required at all times and the museum is implementing social distancing measures. The museum staff also completely cleans the exhibits and areas three times a day in between sessions.
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta has a fantastic membership program for parents to utilize to maximize learning and fun. Memberships include unlimited free entry for one year, 10% off general admission for accompanying guests, discounted admission to select ticketed museum events, invitations to members-only exhibit previews and other additional benefits. To learn more about how to become a member, visit https://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/memberships.
To learn more about permanent and special exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, visit https://childrensmuseumatlanta.org. Also, be sure to listen to the full interview above.
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