9 Indoor Toddler Events in Metro Atlanta Designed for Learning, Play

Toddler Fridays takes place at The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning the last Friday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. from January through October.
Toddler Fridays takes place at The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning the last Friday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. from January through October. Photo courtesy of The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning.

Keeping a toddler occupied can be a daunting task – especially in Atlanta’s summer heat.

Luckily some of Atlanta’s most intriguing museums and attractions present events designed just for toddlers in an indoor space – complete with air conditioning.

These unique events include crafts, stories and learning activities tied into each institution’s area of expertise – from art to history and aquatic life to live theater.

Whether you are searching for some new activities, tired of sweating it out in the heat, or simply dread dousing your wiggly toddler with sunscreen, these indoor events designed for young children worth looking into!

TODDLER FRIDAYS

Where: The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning

When: Last Friday of Each Month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (January through October)

Admission: $7 per child (includes accompanying adult)

What to Expect: This art program in Duluth is designed for toddlers and their caregivers and is a drop-in arts program for children ages 1 to 4. Led by retired Art Educator Deanna Dodd, the toddler artists enjoy story time, music, sensory activities and a hands-on project!

ROSWELL SUMMER PUPPET SERIES

Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center

When: Through July 21: Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m., Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Admission: $5

What to Expect: With a new show each week, the Roswell Summer Puppet Series includes productions of “Cinderella,” “Peter and the Wolf,” “The Reluctant Dragon,” “Cardboard Explosion” and more. Children can see different types of puppets up-close and interact with the puppeteers who bring them to life. The event is designed for children ages 2 and up with a caregiver.

Roswell's Summer Puppet Series runs through July 21 with a different show each week.
Roswell’s Summer Puppet Series runs through July 21 with a different show each week, including a show titled “Cardboard Explosion.” Photo courtesy of City of Roswell.

TODDLER TUESDAYS: MUSEUM TAKEOVER!

Where: Center for Puppetry Arts

When: First Tuesday of Each Month at 10 and 11:30 a.m.

Admission: $8.50

What to Expect: At Toddler Tuesdays participants sing, move, and play with programming developed to encourage creativity. Each program features puppet-led storytelling, songs, movement, a developmentally-appropriate craft, and a hands-on toddler tour in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. You can get a list of each month’s theme ahead of time. Each session is limited to 25 participants, so make sure to get tickets early. Also consider seeing the Center’s summer show “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type,” which continues through July 29.

MUSEUM MICE TOURS

Where: Marietta Museum of History

When: Second Wednesday of Each Month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Admission: $5 per family

What to Expect: The one-hour Museum Mice Tours introduce children ages 3 through 5 and their caregivers to history through basic concepts like shapes, sounds, games, tools and jobs. Museum mascots Murray and Etta are whimsical cartoon mice who help convey the themes for the tours and provide a little fun. July’s theme is “Etta’s Favorite Shapes.” Reservations are required.

"The Amazing Castle" is for children ages 2 through 8 and is at Children's Museum of Atlanta through Sept. 9.
“The Amazing Castle” is for children ages 2 through 8 and is at Children’s Museum of Atlanta through Sept. 9. Photo by Minnesota Children’s Museum courtesy of Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

THE AMAZING CASTLE

Where: Children’s Museum of Atlanta

When: Through Sept. 9: Daily from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m.

Admission: $15.95

What to Expect: At The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s summer exhibit children can don costumes and engage in role-playing, pick vegetables in the garden, take them to the Great Hall to cook up a royal meal or visit the tower to wake “Herald,” the sleeping dragon. The exhibit is for children ages 2 through 8. “The Amazing Castle” is up through Sept. 9. Also note the museum’s special toddler Early Learning Programs – Tiny Club Monday’s, Messy Thursday’s and Toddler Jam Friday’s – are set to return in September.

WELCOME WEDNESDAYS

Where: DeKalb History Center

When: Second Wednesday of Each Month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Admission: Children: $6, Accompanying Adult and Infants (12 months and under): Free!

What to Expect: Designed for children ages 2 through 5 with an accompanying adult, Welcome Wednesdays includes a story and an art project based each month’s theme. The event emphasizes play and learning through the arts, sciences and literature.  Reservations are recommended.

TODDLER THURSDAYS

Where: High Museum of Art

When: Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission: $14.50, Children (ages 5 and under): Free!

What to Expect: Toddlers and their caregivers can find their inner artists during Toddler Thursdays at the High Museum. There is a new theme each month with related artworks, art projects, stories and tours that change each week. Explore various aspects of storytelling in June with the theme “Tales and Tails,” a unit that focuses on the Museum’s newest exhibit “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.” No registration is necessary.

Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. toddlers and their caregivers can participate in special programming at the High Museum of Art.
Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. toddlers and their caregivers can participate in special programming at the High Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of High Museum of Art.

TODDLER TIME

Where: Georgia Aquarium

When: Select Mondays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (September through May)

Admission: $10

What to Expect: Toddler Time is for children ages three and younger to see a small section of the aquarium via the Oceans Ballroom. Each themed event includes an up-close introduction to marine life, costumed characters, story time, crafts and snacks. Advance registration is required, and a paid adult must accompany each child. The next event features “Beluga Palooza” on Sept. 10.

MAGIC MONDAYS

Where: Atlanta History Center

When: Second Monday of Each Month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (September through May)

Admission: Adults: $6.50, Children: $5.50

What to Expect: This program is for toddlers and preschoolers ages 18 months to 5 years. Each Magic Monday has a unique theme and includes a guided exploration of one of the Center’s exhibitions, historic houses or Goizueta Gardens, as well as demonstrations, arts and crafts projects, and story time. The program takes a hiatus during the summer, and the next event is Sept. 10 with a “Carnival!” theme.

For more toddler events check out the Family section of Atlanta PlanIt.

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