Power of Play

Inspired to Dance!

The Georgia Dance Alliance teaches modern dance and hip hop to children ages 4-12, who are given professional opportunities to perform at a variety of venues, from festivals and sporting events to dance competitions. The dancers at GDA have won many awards at different competitions. Founded by a former Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader with almost two…

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A Bird of a Different Feather

Our Maker’s Space has everyone at the Museum thinking about crafts and do-it-yourself projects. Thanksgiving, historically, has been a great time to do fun family projects with your children. From turkeys and pilgrims to feathers and leaves, there aren’t many limits to what you can craft with your kids this time of year. We pulled…

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'Outside the box' costumes!

Halloween is approaching quickly and you might be a little bit stumped for costume ideas that are “outside the box”. The new trend is homemade costumes, which can be a challenge for those who don’t sew. So why not try one of these fun, homemade costumes that puts your kiddo inside of a box? This…

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Science for Preschoolers is Fun!

One of the many things adults assume about pre-school age children is that they are too “young” to do science. And if you see science as mysterious green solutions fizzing in tubes and occasionally going “bloop!” or worse, “BOOM!!” that is probably true. But what child development and science education experts know is that young…

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NPR: Play is Important

Last week, NPR Ed produced several stories about the importance of play in childhood development and why adults need to carve out time for daily play as well. Below are a few of our favorite pieces. Listen or read the entire series at NPR’s website. Scientist Say Child’s Play Helps Build a Better Brain When it…

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Box Masters

Visitors to the Museum this month will learn about three masters of art while creating their own masterpieces, all the while becoming Box Masters. The works of Josef Albers, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louise Nevelson will be used to teach color, structure, and sculpture, inspiring the creation of crafts, science, and architecture, with boxes! German-born…

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We All Scream For Ice Cream

Ice cream has been a favorite sweet treat of the world for as long as people can remember. And really longer than they can remember because ice cream dates back to the second century B.C. Roman emperors and other historical characters indulged in what would we would refer to today as a “snow cone” made…

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Are You Smarter Than a Kid Inventor?

According to my research, the answer is no. By simply Google-ing ‘kid inventor’, I have discovered examples of inventions created by children that have completely opened my eyes to the importance of childhood imagination. My Google results have told me that children are innovative and capable of just about anything. At a young age, their…

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Good Ole Fashion Summer Crafting

Summer is in high gear and the kids have been out of school for over a month, but in our house not much has changed.  The kids still go to bed by 8:30 and we still wake up early to go to summer camp while mom and dad work. So how do you make summer…

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Improv: The Creativity Cultivator

“Yes! And….” This is the golden rule of improvisation. If you have been to Atlanta’s Dad’s Garage, Laughing Matters, or Whole World Theatre or if you’ve watched the popular television show “Whose Line is it Anyway,” you have seen this rule in action. No matter what situation your scene partner throws at you, the correct response…

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