Back to School Guide for Fall 2021

Get Your Kids Excited

Create anticipation for back to school by bringing back traditions you’ve had in the past, or making some new ones:

  • Say farewell to summer with their choice of a fun day out.
  • Make shopping for new school supplies special by going out for lunch or ice cream after.
  • Make an annual time capsule with photos, handwriting samples and drawings. Open it at the beginning of every school year.
  • Do a back-to-school interview. Record height, weight, friends, favorite movie and foods, and what they want to be when they grow up. Keep them in a notebook to read the day before school starts.
  • Plan a special back-to-school dinner with your kids’ favorite foods. Break out the decorations and dress up for the occasion.

Teachers are Excited About School, Too!

“Nothing can replace the impact, relationships and joy of in-person learning environments,” says Katie Blum, a second grade teacher at Sugar Hill Elementary and Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. “Having all of our students in the same classroom allows teachers to develop a closer community, or class family, and nurture not only academic skills, but also behavior and social skills.”

“I’m excited about returning to campus for many reasons. The most important part of it is that I can see the emotion from each face,” says Yao Li, a Chinese Instructor at OMNI International School. “Face-to-face interaction helps me see students’ learning experience and tells me instantly what I should do next. My students told me that they love going back to school, too.”

Tips and Tricks For a Great School Year!

  • Work together to create an outline of your child’s school and activity schedules in a cute planner. Create a family calendar with everyone’s activities and commitments.
  • Refresh rules for screen time. When and for how long can they use electronics? Have a “bedtime” for electronics that is well before your child’s actual bedtime.
  • Shop for school supplies and clothes early. Before shopping, go through your kids’ wardrobes and last year’s school supplies, and toss or donate the items they’ve outgrown or no longer want.
  • Increase the independence of younger kids by practicing tasks before school starts: refilling a water bottle from a water fountain or sink; opening a lunch box, snacks and containers; sitting, eating and cleaning up a meal at a table within 20-25 minutes; memorizing family or guardians’ real name, phone number and address; and focusing on an independent task for 10-20 minutes.
  • Have a backup transportation plan in case your kids miss the bus – make sure they know who to call if this happens.
  • Create an “inbox” for kids to leave sheets that need your attention, like permission slips.
  • Know how to ask about their day – “how was school?” may not be the best conversation starter. Ask open-ended questions, or share something about your own day before asking what the best part of their day was. If they come to you with a problem, brainstorm solutions together rather than immediately trying to fix it.
  • Serve a healthy breakfast that contains protein. Children who eat a nutritious breakfast function better.
  • Prioritize your family’s activities. Even though things are slowly returning to normal, use this time to evaluate the hobbies and activities your children enjoy, rather than overscheduling and signing your kids up for every available opportunity.
  • Create a quiet workspace for homework and projects. Remove distractions from the area, and keep school supplies organized nearby.

Advice from Experts

Make the transition back to school better with these ideas and advice from professionals.

Melisa Marsh, Cobb Schools’ Supervisor of School Counseling, Advisement and Crisis Response:

As children and families acclimate to shifting school schedules, many will struggle with changes in routine and the loss of whatever daily online habits they’d settled into during distance learning. Returning to school in-person will also mean navigating new or altered physical environments and following a variety of safety protocols. Some children could even feel like they’re experiencing withdrawals from their digital lives. To help with this, parents could ask their child to identify ways they might balance their media use.

Lisa Kelly, Lower School Principal at Mt. Bethel Christian Academy:

Parents should start establishing the morning routine a few days before school starts to help make the transition to getting up and out of the house easier. Identify who is responsible for each task, the parent or the child, including: packing lunch, snack and water bottle; ensuring homework and school items are in the backpack; and having a morning hygiene and breakfast routine. Having a solid plan in place that has been rehearsed will help make those first few early mornings go more smoothly, which greatly benefits the child. Students who feel rushed and out of sorts at the  beginning of the day will be more anxious and unsettled in the classroom.

Barbara Jacoby, Cherokee County School District’s Chief Communications Officer:

Cherokee County School District encourages parents of rising kindergartners to check out the information on our website that highlights the learning and fun planned for their child’s upcoming year, including a kindergarten guidebook and a “day in the life of a kindergartner” video at Resource webpages for each elementary school grade with printables, like flash cards and handwriting templates, is at

Dr. Andi Shane, a pediatric infectious diseases expert at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University:

In-school instruction is a personal choice, and every family needs to make a decision based on what works best for their child and their family. We have increasing evidence that secondary transmission (infections resulting from infections in children and staff at school) is rare. In addition, as more people 12 and older are being vaccinated, the risk of transmission in the school setting is reduced even further. We also know that the social, emotional and developmental opportunities afforded by in-person instruction far outweigh the risks of infection transmission. However, as a pediatrician specializing in infectious disease and epidemiology, we still need to be safe. This means ensuring that students and staff are completely asymptomatic before going into the school environment, emphasizing hand hygiene and masking, and reminding students about reporting symptoms immediately.

Planning for a Changed School Environment

Keep in mind schools and school systems are monitoring guidelines to determine what changes will be implemented for the year.

  • Parents may want to check their school’s policies on social distancing, masks, visitors, serving meals in the cafeteria, assigning seats on buses, health checks, using water fountains, after school programs, recess and playground protocols.
  • To help your child acclimate to socializing with more than just family members, choose a family you trust to have a playdate at a playground or park.
  • Know your school’s resources. “Since some students may be returning to in-person instruction from a year and three months of distance learning, teachers will do a COVID-19 debriefing with students during the first week of school to help get them acclimated back into the school building,” says Brent Shropshire, Bartow County School System’s Director or Counselors, College Readiness, Wellness and Fine Arts. “School counselors will also have a Trauma 101 Training prior to the start of the school year to help them recognize signs of trauma a student may have experienced during their time away from the school building.”

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How to Cope with Back-to-School Stress

Many students and families are relieved to be returning to in-person classes, but your child may be anxious about the upcoming school year. Atlanta Parent spoke to Dr. Stephanie Walsh, the Medical Director of Child Wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life, about how you can help your child cope with back-to-school stress.

Dr. Walsh

How can you talk to your kids about back-to-school anxiety?

Regardless of a child’s age, start by asking open-ended questions to find out what’s on their mind and actively listen. Remove any distractions, like your phone, give them your full attention, and be careful to avoid statements such as “Don’t worry about that!” or “It’s going to be fine.” Even though you mean well, these types of responses minimize your child’s feelings and may make them less likely to share their thoughts or feelings in the future. Instead, let your child know you understand by repeating back what you hear and letting them know it’s OK to feel however they’re feeling. Once you know how they are feeling, help them work through those emotions rather than avoiding them.

How can you help your child prepare for school if this is their first in-person experience?

If your child is going to be attending school for the first time in the fall, you can help ease their anxiety by using the summer to prepare them for what to expect. If possible, you may want to:

  • Visit the school before the first day.
  • Meet the teacher.
  • Drive or walk the bus or drop-off route.
  • Have playdates with other kids that will be at the school.

How can you help your kids deal with the anxiety about COVID-19 if they’re returning to in-person school?

It’s important to ask kids open-ended questions to get a sense of how they really feel, rather than making assumptions. Dismissing or minimizing their concerns doesn’t help them feel better.  Instead, let them know it’s normal and OK to feel anxiety about in-person learning. Help your child learn to name, and work through, their feelings with healthy coping skills. If your child is feeling anxious about the unknown, help them focus on the facts and what we do know. If they are particularly overwhelmed thinking about the future and all the “what if” scenarios, try to shift their focus to what you know right now. Knowing what to expect can put their mind at ease.

How can you make the transition to back to school easier?

Create daily routines to help keep things predictable. Knowing what to expect can help create a sense of comfort and security. Although things can change from day to day, try to have some  consistency with bed- and wake-times to help your child transition back to school more easily. Encourage your family to prioritize healthy habits, such as drinking water, eating balanced meals  and snacks, being active, getting enough quality sleep and limiting screen time. Practicing healthy habits will help support your child’s mind and body as they transition back to school and can have a positive impact on their mood, focus and behavior.

How should you talk to your kids about COVID-19 safety precautions?

As much as possible:

  • Stick to the facts, and tell your kids only what they need to know.
  • Use language that is clear, simple and developmentally appropriate.
  • Help them understand that regardless of changing guidelines related to masking, they can continue helping to keep themselves and others safe by washing their hands, keeping their distance and  staying home if they are sick.

If you are more nervous about the return to in-person school than your child is, how can you keep them from picking up on your own anxiety?

As a parent, you are human and have your own feelings, too. It’s normal and understandable to feel worried about your child returning to school, but keep in mind that kids look to adults to see how they should behave or react. If you are showing signs of anxiety, your kids will think they should feel anxious, too. Try to share your calm, instead of your anxiety. Consider talking to friends, family and other caregivers about how you feel. If any confusion or uncertainty is causing anxiety, talk with the school to get your questions or concerns answered.

How can you teach your child to deal with their anxiety?

Here are some simple coping skills you can teach and practice with your child:

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How to Join a Homeschool Group

Group of local or online homeschoolers to form a community where we all feel relaxed and comfortable. Must naturally hit it off, and if our kids get along, that’s even better. Must share ideas, field trips, encouragement, tears, laughs, rides, curriculum, coffee, playdates and frustrations. Future possibilities include: starting a small learning co-op, holiday parties, book clubs for different ages, sports and more.

Sound too good to be true? It can be your reality! If you are new to homeschooling and haven’t yet found your tribe, taking the leap could lead you (and your kids!) to homeschool zen. Everybody talks about homeschool socialization for your kids, but what about for you? Why can’t you have both at the same time?

Homeschooling mom Angie Pemberton shares, “My tribe is our little group of kids about the same age. I think it gets a bit harder to homeschool as kids get older and they start feeling like they are missing out on some of the school stuff. This group helps us get the good stuff without the drama. We have our own little summer co-op and field trip group and love the support we get from each other.”

So where can you find – or how can you start – your own homeschooling tribe? Here are my suggestions:

Join an Existing Group

There are many homeschooling support groups in Georgia and the metro Atlanta area; a good place to start is the Georgia Home Education Association, which has a list of names and regions. Start with a large support group meeting to see if it’s a good fit for both you and your children. You may jell with a few moms, and you can then branch off into your own weekly meetup and bring others in as you make connections.

During school hours, go to places where homeschoolers hang out – libraries, parks, indoor play areas, zoos and children’s museums. Some libraries have a homeschooler lunch bunch; you can also search online for local co-ops and classes. Maybe you meet someone at the library who you think would fit into your group very well, and you invite him or her to your next park date or book club meetup.

Unless you are a social butterfly, heading into a group of homeschooling parents might seem a little scary. Take a deep breath and do it anyway … it’s for you and for your kids, after all, and you deserve to find that special supportive set of people.

Start your own group

Host a book club, nature hike or field trip and invite a variety of people you’ve collected using the methods above. Some might never come, some will come religiously, but soon enough you’ll start to figure out who your tribe is. My experience has always been that the kids will follow your lead and, if you get a large enough group going, they will find at least one person they also connect with.


For me, this is the easiest way to find and maintain your tribe. Start with social media sites like Yahoo Groups, Meetup and Facebook. You can start your own group online if you aren’t finding what you want, or if you just want to do your own thing. Invite tribe potentials and then they can invite friends they like. Your group might be full of homeschoolers from all over the country (or world!) or maybe you connect with a handful with whom you can meet locally.

Don’t forget you can have more than one tribe! I put together a great tribe of hippie-ish unschooling parents that met at a coffeehouse/gym combo for a long time, but then I also found a fantastic group of structured homeschooling women when my family started at a co-op. They are on entirely different ends of the homeschooling spectrum at times, but then so am I. You can, conversely, have one tribe that’s entirely online and one that only meets for field trips. The sky’s the limit.

What about disagreements and problems? It’s true that there are going to be disagreements in any group. Sometimes you just need a break after a sticky situation with another mom or between the kids; sometimes there needs to be a full-on break-up with the entire group. Sometimes you just change and maybe outgrow the tribe and slowly and politely make your exit with no hard feelings. People in your tribe will move away, stop homeschooling altogether, have drama over things non-homeschool-related and more.

Your tribe will grow, shrink and change. Be open to the tribe concept and I promise it will enrich the homeschooling experience for both you and your kids. Keep an open mind and collect your wonderful homeschool friends wherever you can find them. Then nurture those relationships, because you’re going to need the support on your homeschooling journey!

– Kerrie McLoughlin

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Big Ideas or Technical Details?

Big Ideas or Technical Details?

Is the education of architecture school about the big ideas or the technical details? This is a question that has been on my mind quite a bit lately. So what should be the focus of the collegiate architecture school system?

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Knowledge versus Tools

Knowledge versus Tools

I was having a conversation with some academic colleagues the other day and we got on the subject of knowledge versus tools. The basic idea of this chat was about what students should be learning during their architectural education. Which of these two ideas is more important or should take emphasis in the education of students?

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12 Top Schools in Atlanta for Students with Special Needs and Learning Differences

Parents sometimes don’t know where to begin ­– here are some great options. These schools provide specialized learning strategies to put non-traditional learners on the path to success.

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Brookwood Christian School

Brookwood Christian School provides a language-based education for students in grades 1-12 with learning differences such as dyslexia, auditory and visual processing and dyscalculia. Small class sizes of seven students or less allow for truly individualized instruction with dedicated, certified teachers.

The Cottage School

The Cottage School combines small class sizes, a workplace model and the implementation of study skills to provide students grades 4-12 with mild to moderate learning differences an opportunity to achieve success. TCS focuses on academics, socialization and emotional wellness and strives to meet the needs of every child.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia

Specializing in the needs of children with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD and other learning differences, Cumberland Academy of Georgia is an accredited school, providing a safe and supportive academic environment for students on campus and virtually. Students experience college prep academics in small classes, while integrating social and life skills.


GRACEPOINT School is a private Christian school in Marietta serving dyslexic students in grades 1-8. Students receive 75 minutes of explicit reading instruction daily and the student-teacher ratio is 5-1 in reading and 8-1 in all other core subjects.

The Howard School

In 1950, Marian Howard changed the landscape of education in Atlanta by creating an educational world with no boundaries, labels or diminished expectations. The Howard School grew into the transformational program it is today—a full and robust academic program for grades K-12.

The Kairos Learning Center at St. Martin’s Episcopal School

The Kairos Learning Center at St. Martin’s Episcopal School serves elementary students with language-based learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. St. Martin’s uses a ‘school within a school’ approach allowing identified students to receive the additional Orton-Gillingham-based support they need.

Mill Springs Academy

Since 1981, Mill Springs has been supporting students in grades K-12 by raising expectations and developing self-motivation while providing skills and values for life. The community is dedicated to the academic, physical and social growth of students who have not realized their full potential in traditional classroom settings.

Sage School

Language instruction and Orton-Gillingham remediation form the core of the education of Sage School students in grades K-6. While the approach is structured, sequential and cumulative, it is also individualized to meet the needs of the learner.

Stepping Stones Preschool at Atlanta Speech School

Through an intentional, systematic and multi-sensory approach to learning, Stepping Stones Preschool creates pathways to success for students experiencing speech and/or language delays. This multi-disciplinary program is focused entirely on maximizing the brain development of students from 3 to 5 years of age.

Swift School

Swift School is an independent school serving students in grades 1-8 with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and other language-based learning differences and language disorders. Swift’s programming is designed to remediate the language learning challenges faced by these students while capitalizing on the cognitive strengths of neurodiverse learners.

The Walker School

The Walker School New Avenues Dyslexia Program serves children in grades 1-5 with dyslexia who have above average academic aptitude and a strong desire to fulfill their educational goals. Specialized classroom spaces and Orton-Gillingham certified teachers focus on each student’s unique gifts to close the gap between cognitive potential and academic achievement.

Wardlaw School

Wardlaw School serves bright children K-6th grade with dyslexia by building the complex language, literacy and social skills necessary to master future academic settings and succeed in life beyond school. Wardlaw professionals create an educational environment designed to help each child reach his or her full potential in school and in life.

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Get a Seat in the Classroom This Fall

These sought-after schools still have a few open seats for fall. Apply today!

Atlanta Academy

Serving 375 preschool-8th grade students, Atlanta Academy encourages active learning and engagement. Leadership opportunities and the promotion of executive functioning skills help students build confidence and grow into well-educated, independent problem-solvers prepared to excel in high school and beyond.

Capstone Academy

Serving students in grades 4-12, Capstone Academy’s innovative structure delivers high-quality college-prep education while also empowering students with the flexibility they need to pursue extracurricular passions. Capstone Academy is fully operational with investments in new technology, protocols and air quality enhancements.

The Friends School of Atlanta

The Friends School of Atlanta offers PreK3-8th grade. Educating for peace and justice, the school community is grounded in such enduring values as equality, integrity and stewardship. Students are prepared to excel at higher levels of learning and empowered with the conscience, conviction and compassion to change the world.

Harriet Tubman School of Science & Technology

HTCSAT is a K-5 state charter school serving students zoned for Atlanta Public Schools. Georgia’s first elementary computer science school, HTCSAT employs data-driven instruction and researched-based teaching strategies for strong academic growth. HTCSAT students are inspired to become well-rounded technological citizens.

International Charter Academy of Georgia

ICAGeorgia is a K-5 Japanese-English Dual Language Immersion State Charter School. ICAGeorgia broadens the horizons of students in Georgia so that they may become global citizens who promote peace. Students participate in local and global-level service learning projects and Japanese cultural events.

High Meadows School

High Meadows School inspires children to think critically, learn creatively, act globally, and live compassionately. Adventure and play go hand-in-hand with extraordinary academic preparation. From an outstanding faculty to small classes and an acclaimed curriculum, High Meadows is an exceptional place to learn and grow.

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Preparing children from preschool-12th grade with an education rooted in the Catholic faith, HSP’s Classical approach combines traditional academic subjects with Latin, Greek, fine arts, and 21st-century technology, along with theology and philosophy. Students grow in faith and intellect, learning to think prudently and act compassionately.

Science Akadémeia, the Atlanta Preschool of Science

Science Akadémeia is a full-day, year-round program for children ages 2-6. Students are immersed in engineering design and scientific experimentations to cultivate their innate curiosity. Through science, students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills to understand the world around them. After school care for kids up to 12 years.

Seeds of Excellence Christian Academy

Seeds of Excellence is dedicated to nurturing the whole child: spirit, mind, and body. Serving students 6 weeks-5th grade, SOECA offers a challenging academic program in a nurturing environment. Students engage in experiential, hands-on learning to develop a strong academic foundation and master new concepts and skills.

Springmont School

Springmont’s authentic Montessori experience balances academics with social/emotional well-being. Individualized, hands-on learning inspires a diverse and inclusive community of students to become creative, independent thinkers. Limited seats for the 2021-22 school year are available for Primary students (ages 3-6).

Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa offers a Total Spanish Immersion Program for infants through PreK and a Bilingual Spanish/English program for K-grade 5, with French offered as a third language. The curriculum balances language development, music, art, math and social sciences. Students are challenged to become responsible, caring citizens.

The Walker School

At The Walker School, the infinite worth and dignity of each student defines their approach to learning. A PK3-12th grade school, Walker is open to all faiths and each child is known. Students can star in a musical, represent their school on the soccer field and design a genetic research project. There is something for everyone.

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6 Ways to Keep Learning This Summer

School’s almost out, and kids are ready to kick back and take a break. Don’t let them lose academic ground – prevent the “summer slide” by keeping their minds active this summer. They’ll be having so much fun, they won’t realize they’re learning!

Read Every Day

Make a special place for kids to read. This could be a corner with a soft rug and lots of pillows, a  cozy bean bag chair or a hideout with a canopy. Outdoors, set up a teepee (look online for DIY  ideas), hammock or create a spot under a shady tree.

Kids can record their progress and earn digital prizes with online summer reading programs like Scholastic and Magic Tree House. Look for more programs at your local bookstore or library.

Create your own summer reading club with incentives for reaching a goal, like reading 30 minutes a day for a week or reading a set number of books. Rewards could include a pizza and movie night, a trip to get ice cream or a small toy.

Learn more about a favorite author; many popular kids’ authors have websites with activities, games, book previews and printables.

Be a Scientist

Have fun in the kitchen! Cook a new dish, bake a treat or blend up a smoothie. Kids can learn about measuring and fractions, following recipe instructions and chemical reactions.

Head outside for some experimenting! Look online for at-home STEM experiment ideas. Find  instructions for making a homemade geyser, a mousetrap car and more at

Have fun with a science-themed subscription box – two to check out are and Each has materials for electronic projects, coding activities and more.

Take a Vacation Without Leaving Home

Have kids choose a destination and research its location, landmarks and how to get there. Make a  travel scrapbook with local wildlife, interesting facts and customs. Try a far-off locale like Fiji, New Zealand or Egypt!

Go on a virtual tour of Crater Lake National Park, the National Mall, Yellowstone, the Statue of  Liberty and more at

Choose a cuisine and explore it! Try Cuban sandwiches or Indian food at a local restaurant. Choose a different country each week and plan an international dinner night with themed food and decorations.

Get Creative

Encourage kids to do something artistic – paint a self-portrait, make a collage or sculpt with clay. Look for online tutorials or book-and-craft kits to learn knitting, sewing or making LEGO robots.

Make puppets using items you have around the house, like socks, paper bags, craft foam or felt. Add a storyline and a theater made from a large cardboard box and perform a show for family, create a video or invite friends to an online presentation.

Encourage your kids to write their own story, keep a journal or create a blog. Interview grandparents or other relatives about their lives and put their stories in writing.

Learn to play a musical instrument, compose a song, or make up a dance routine. Check with a local music or dance studio for camps or summer lessons, or look for inspiration online.

Go On a Field Trip

Explore the science of how things work, natural phenomena and more at Tellus Science Museum, Fernbank Museum, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, or the Museum of Aviation.

Learn more about Georgia’s history at the Southern Museum, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield or the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.

Visit Zoo Atlanta, Chattahoochee Nature Center or the Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary for an up-close look at nature, local wildlife and animals from around the world.

Kids can learn about art (and be inspired to create their own masterpieces) at the High Museum of Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum or the Booth Western Art Museum.

The Game Is On

Turn off the screens and break out the board games! Classics like Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Sorry and Scrabble Junior can improve math and reading skills, as well as concentration, strategy and teamwork. Find more educational and fun games here.

Chess teaches kids to think ahead and strategize. KidChess has online games, clubs and lessons for all skill levels. At home, Story Time Chess: The Game is a great way for kids as young as 3 years to get started.

Card games are a great way to reinforce math skills. Grab a deck and start a game of go fish, spoons or crazy eights; look online for games kids of all ages can play.

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Top 10 Best Museums for Families in Atlanta

The metro Atlanta area has a wealth of museums, from downtown to the northernmost suburbs. At our top 10 museum picks for kids in Atlanta, explore the history of our city, art through the ages, scientific discoveries, the wonder of flight, and more.

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High Museum of Art

Admire art from different time periods and kid-friendly programs and special exhibits. Kids are especially drawn to the modern and contemporary art sections, and the folk art displays. Check out the special programs for kids of different ages, where they can get hands-on with art projects. Advance ticket purchase required.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

At permanent exhibits, kids can try their hand at being a Waffle House cook, mold massive amounts of moon sand, and slip on a raincoat for water play. Visit for special themed exhibits and age-appropriate art and music programs to make it a new experience every time. Advance ticket purchase required.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

The huge dinosaur fossils, the science movies on a giant screen, and the exhibits are main attractions at Fernbank. But don’t miss going outside to the explore the interactive nature-based WildWoods and NatureQuest discovery clubhouse. Advance ticket purchase required.

Chick-fil-A Fan College Football Hall of Fame

See memorabilia from football greats and try your hand in the Skill Zone (with your end zone dance displayed on the jumbotron!). Learn about the college football history and legends through interactive displays and giant touch screens. When you choose your favorite team at the beginning of the tour, you’ll see it highlighted throughout the experience and your team’s helmet will be highlighted for the day. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

Tellus Science Museum

Pan for gems, discover phosphorescent minerals, participate in hand-on science experiments and explore transportation through the decades. Factor in time to catch a planetarium or observatory evening, too. Advance ticket purchase required.

Atlanta History Center

Exhibits at this sprawling museum focus on Native Americans in Georgia, folk art and the Civil War, all with interactive components. Be sure to visit the working 1860s family farm and the authentic log cabin. There, costumed re-enactors bring history to life. Advance ticket purchase required.

Booth Western Art Museum

Howdy, pardner. On a visit here, kids can explore a gallery based on a working ranch, view contemporary Western art, and see authentic stagecoaches. Plan to spend a while—it’s the second biggest art museum in Georgia. Advance ticket purchase required.

Center for Civil and Human Rights

Learn about the American Civil Rights Movement through powerful imagery, artifacts, and activities. This museum is best for older elementary school students and up, and sparks conversation about discrimination and equality. Be sure to pick up discussion materials to continue the dialogue at home. Advance ticket purchase required.

Center for Puppetry Arts

Who doesn’t love a puppet show? Pair it with a visit to the World of Puppetry Museum, and your kids will have even greater appreciation of the marionettes on stage. View puppets from varied cultures and time periods. And, of course, see everyone’s favorite Muppet pals on display. Advance ticket purchase required.

Carlos Museum

The Michael C. Carlos Museum houses one of the most outstanding art and artifact collections in Atlanta. Major objects from ancient Egypt, Africa, Greece, Rome and the Americas are on display. The mummies alone are worth the trip!

Temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta)

This museum, across the street from the High Museum of Art showcases how design can be found everywhere in the world. Visit for temporary exhibitions which focus on engineering, crafting, 3D printing, and robotics. Check the calendar for family STEAM classes and programs throughout the year.

Delta Flight Museum

Do you have kids who are fascinated with flight? Then a visit here is a must. See massive airplanes up close, including the first 747 ever built. Also, view planes from the 1920s and 1940s in the hangar. Teens can pre-register to experience the only 747 flight simulator open in the United States.

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Ep 072: Architectural Disconnect

Ep 072: Architectural Disconnect

We are going to be talking about the fantasy of being an architect versus reality. Welcome to episode 72 “Architectural Disconnect”

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