Museum Tips for Moms

October 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm 1 comment

Here are a few tips on visiting the Museum with younger kids from one of our “Fernbank Moms,” Michele Kresge.

Michele often brings her two-year-old daughter to the Museum just for fun,  and she’s happy to share a few helpful hints for other moms/dads/grandparents/aunts… anyone visiting with a youngster in tow!

  • Have a scavenger hunt. A Walk Through Time in Georgia has a variety of animals, colors, and shapes. For older kids, give them a challenge, such as an animal hunt. Encourage your older children to find all of the plant eaters in the exhibition. And for the toddlers, help them point out their favorite color or animal. Scavenger hunts are fun because you can make them up as you go and cater them towards your child’s interest.
  • Make new friends. Outside of A Walk Through Time in Georgia, our friendly volunteers bring rocks to touch and learn about. Let your toddlers touch and learn with their new friend.
  • Have a hands-on experience in the Naturalists center: Greatest Hits. Play with your Favorites from the Discovery Rooms. Plant and harvest vegetables or fish from a boat. These great interactive activities help develop fine and gross motor skills. Weekend Wonders. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities every weekend. With age appropriate puzzles, art projects, animal encounters and so much more, imaginations are always at play. Younger children flock around the short rolling cart with cubbies holding a new animal puppet surprise in each drawer.
  • Getting antsy? (It’s inevitable.) Get rid of some energy. The Sensing Nature exhibition is full of fun activities that will keep all of your children entertained. (Youngest visitors may not grasp the full concept of the stations yet, but they will enjoy themselves.)
  • BUBBLES! Small bubbles, big bubbles, popping bubbles, floating bubbles. Your toddlers will be thrilled to the max with this giant pool of bubble fun.
  • Colorful shadows. Shadows are cool, but colorful shadows are amazing! Let your kids run around and dance in front of the colorful shadow wall. It’s sure to be a blast.
  • Take the elevator (not to be lazy but because it’s part of the fun!) Look up to see what I mean. You’ll find yourself standing upside down due to our mirror in the ceiling. Kids find it hysterical.
  • See the stars and still get to bed on time. The Star Gallery lights up the ‘night sky’ with twinkling stars that dazzle.
  • Step outside. Fernbank is enchanting, inside and out. The back terrace overlooks Fernbank Forest, the front entrance is swimming with dinosaurs and the rose garden is a great place to take a break and run around. Bring your camera; it’s a beautiful photo opportunity.
  • Dinosaur Roar! You’re surrounded by dinosaurs, use your imagination! Let’s hear your loudest dinosaur roar.

Those tips are just to get you started. There are tons of things to do at the Museum with kids of all ages!

We would love to hear your kids’ favorite things to do at the Museum too, so please leave us a comment or send your suggestion to

-Andrea Lowery, Marketing & Communications Intern


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  • 1. Steph  |  October 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    We like to play “I spy with my little eye, and the color is…..”
    It never gets old and keeps everyone engaged.


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