Celebrations in Light Programs

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  • Mon, Dec 2, 2019 - Tue, Dec 31, 2019


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


Join us for our annual Celebrations in Light as the Children’s Museum of Atlanta celebrates the traditions and tales of Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa through decorations, interactive Reader’s Theatre performances, music, crafts, storytimes, and winter science! Gather around the CMA stage to hear a special book reading, then build a snowman with our Imaginators during Music & Movement!   Visit the Science Bar to learn more about the science of light, stop by the Build It Lab to make gifts for others, and sign up at the Art Studio to create a special winter craft. 

Daily programs happening at CMA On-Stage
Reader’s Theatre: Winter Candle – 11:00 AM
Readers’ Theatre: Winter Candle – 12:00 PM
Winter Extravaganza Science Show – 1:00 PM
Snowman Music & Movement – 2:00 PM 
Holiday Storytime – 3:00 PM 

Science interactive experiences available all day! 
Science Bar – open 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM 

Classes scheduled every half hour. Sign up for available class times at studio doors!
Arts Studio – open 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM*
Build It Lab – open 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM*
 *Last class at 3:00 PM

Saturday, December 7 - Sunday, December 8

Families are encouraged to join the Imaginators in a special celebration of Hanukkah. Known as the “Festival of Lights,” this eight-day Jewish holiday celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the miracle of one day’s worth of oil lasting eight consecutive days. The celebration features festive programs, such as the Hanukkah Reader’s Theater, Music & Movement, Hanukkah Storytime and more. On Sunday, youngsters are invited to giggle, wiggle and sing along with Michael Levine as he performs Hanukkah songs and stories. The fun continues throughout the weekend with interactive winter-themed experiences at the Science Bar and Hanukkah crafts in the Art Studio!

Las Posadas
Saturday, December 14 - Sunday, December 15

Las Posadas is a nine-day religious celebration observed primarily in Mexico and by Mexican-Americans commemorating the Holy Pilgrimage of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. On Saturday, niños pequeños will explore the colorful costumes, festive music and dances of Las Posadas with special performances by Alma Mexicana Danza Folklorica at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Guests can also enjoy a Las Posadas Reader’s Theater, special story times, a winter-themed science show or make Las Posadas themed crafts in the Art Studio all weekend long.

Saturday, December 21 - Sunday, December 22

Children and families are invited to deck the halls with a weekend full of holly jolly Christmas fun. On Saturday, good boys and girls can discover the true meaning of Christmas with a peppy puppet performance of “Foxy Christmas” by Piccadilly Puppets. This magical story tells the tale of a hungry fox and a lonely bunny who form an unlikely friendship. Santa Claus will make an appearance to help bring this story to life. On Sunday, Legacy Dance Centre will have families rockin’ around the Christmas tree with a special show at noon. Then, carolers from the Alliance Theatre will fill the Museum with holiday joy and music as they sing classic Christmas carols at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Children will also enjoy a holiday-themed Reader’s Theatre led by the Imaginators, create Christmas crafts in the Art Studio or make gifts with Santa’s elves in the Build It Lab.

Saturday, December 28 - Sunday, December 29

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration honoring African heritage and culture. To celebrate, visitors will learn about the holiday through festive stories, songs and activities. On Saturday, kids can join the Imaginators for an interactive Kwanzaa Reader’s Theater, as well as Music & Movement and Storytime programs. The exciting exploration of Kwanzaa continues on Sunday with captivating storytelling performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by Atlanta’s famed master storyteller and children’s writer, Mama Koku! 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. The weekend-long Kwanzaa celebration also offers little ones a chance to make a festive craft in the Art Studio, indulge in a seasonal cooking class or enjoy a gift-making workshop in the Build It Lab.

New Year’s Bubble Bash
Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Children and families are invited to ring in the new year with Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s Bubble Bash! The Museum will host a dance party, special guests, bubble-wrap fireworks, new surprises and lots and lots of bubbles! Tickets are $20 each or $10 for Museum Members. There will be a 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. session. Tickets sell out fast, so we recommend buying early to get in on the fun!

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