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Celebrate Kwanzaa: A Cultural Exploration

December 27, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Special Winter Holiday Storytime with Music and Movement – 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

Every day, the CMA Imaginators will share the traditions and tales of Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanza through an interactive Readers’ Theatre performance. Gather around the CMA stage to hear a special book reading, then get ready to dance and sing to your favorite Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa holiday songs! Featured books include The Night of Las Posadas by Tommie DePaola, Hanukkah Lights by David Martin, Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylan, and My First Kwanzaa Book by Deborah M. Newton.

Mama Koku –12:00 PM & 1:00 PM

Celebrate Kwanzaa with Mama Koku, Atlanta’s famed Master Storyteller, and children’s writer. Mama Koku is a member of the Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia, The National Association of Black Storytellers, and the Southern Order of Storytellers. She is the Official Teller of Coretta Scott King Book Awards Book Fair.  Mama Koku is a “Rambler” for The Wrens Nest House Museum, a Featured Teller for Everybody Wins Atlanta and a Teaching Artist for Fulton County School’s Teaching Museums. Learn about the holiday of Kwanzaa through Mama Koku’s captivating stories and songs!

Super Spectacular Science Show…on ice! – 2:00 PM

Every afternoon, you can find Professor Labcoat at the CMA Sock Skating Rink! While attempting the perfect axel and toe-loop, Professor Labcoat will teach future gold-medalists all about the forces, angles, and science behind skating! After the performance, join her rink-side for even more dazzling winter science surprises!

Science Bar – open 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Throughout December, meet Professor Labcoat at the Science Bar for a winter wonderland of scientific fun! Explore weather instruments to predict if Atlanta will have a white Christmas, learn about the energy needed to power a circuit of holiday lights, and breathe in the aromas of the holidays while you discover exactly how your body’s olfactory system works!

Art Studio – open 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Last class begins at 3:30 PM)

The projects in the Art Studio connect and are inspired by the traveling exhibits in the museum as well as cultural holidays. Children discover colors and explore artists from around the world. In celebration of Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, young artists can choose among holiday crafts unique to each holiday, or decorate their own wrapping paper to package a holiday gift for a special friend or family member!

Build It Lab – open 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Last class begins at 3:30 PM)

The holiday season is all about giving. In December, CMA’s Build It Lab will be transformed into a holiday toy workshop where you can design a special toy that you can give to a friend or loved one. Projects will include creating a toy helicopter, car, and ball catcher! Children will enjoy this supervised space where they have access to real tools and materials needed to spark creativity, nurture curious minds, and ignite the next wave of innovators. Woodworking and other popular maker skills encourage visitors to be curious, creative and innovative.


December 27, 2017
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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