Celebrate Tanabata: A Cultural Exploration

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Past Dates & Times

  • Saturday, Jul 7, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


The Children's Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW


The annual festival of Tanabata is a Japanese holiday celebrating the meeting of two star-crossed deities, Hikoboshi and Orihime, who are separated by the Milky Way Galaxy and only allowed to meet once a year. Children’s Museum of Atlanta and Atlanta’s Nakato Japanese Restaurant representatives will bring this colorful festival of stars to life by offering authentic origami classes in the Art Studio and the opportunity for families to march in a traditional Tanabata lantern parade. Little ones can learn more about the lunar holiday and rich cultural history by listening to Japanese children’s stories at Storytime and engaging in the tradition of writing Tanabata wishes of good fortune.

•    Tanabata Lantern Parade
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
•    Super Spectacular Science Show
•    Japanese Children’s Stories Storytime
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
•    Writing Tanabata Wishes
4 p.m.
•    Sensory Friendly Saturday
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
•    Science Bar
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
•    Art Studio
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*
•    Build It Lab
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.*
*Last class at 4 p.m.

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