Childrens Museum of Atlanta Welcomes Moneyville Exhibit

When you have kids, one of the biggest challenges is finding things for them to do that are equally just as fun as they are entertaining. As usual, The Children's Museum of Atlanta has a new exhibit set to open this fall that has all of the elements of an educational activity for kids that they are sure to enjoy just as much. Set back and take a trip to Moneyville ! Experiencing the latest exhibit at The Children's Museum of Atlanta will be time well spent! Moneyville , an educational traveling exhibit developed by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, allows guests to explore the history, science, math and economics behind the fascinating subject of money.

Through highly interactive activities, games and simulations, families can build math skills and problem-solving strategies in a fun, immersive environment. The exhibit will be featured in Atlanta Sept. 28 - Jan. 12 as part of a multi-year tour to children's museums and science centers across the nation. " Moneyville is a smart investment for adults and children alike," said Jane Turner, executive director of The Children's Museum of Atlanta. "This interactive exhibit highlights the Museum's central focus on imaginative, creative play by engaging visitors in real-life situations and role-play to build financial literacy. Money management is so important, and this exhibit provides children with the skills needed to succeed in school and in life." In the exhibit, children will enter the vibrant "city" of Moneyville and embark on an interactive, hands-on tour through a money factory, an anti-counterfeiting lab, a bank, a shopping district, a stock market and an international shipping dock.

As participants engage in the multiple activities of this imaginary city, they discover economic concepts, math skills and problem-solving strategies that can help them in their real-life decision making. The 2,000 square feet exhibit meets national math and economics standards, making Moneyville ideal for school groups (grades K-8). A variety of interactive activities present opportunities for visitors to learn how money is made, earned, saved and spent as well as the history, science and culture behind monetary systems. There are five major exhibition components: The Money Factory; The Bank; To Market, To Market; Dollars and Sense; and Global Trade. THE MONEY FACTORY Explore the history, science and technology behind money. Examine hands-on examples of things used as money in the past, make your own money and discover security measures used in U.S. currency as you work with high-tech tools to distinguish real money from counterfeit. Anti-Counterfeiting Lab Train to become a special agent and stay one step ahead of counterfeiters as you learn all about security features found on U.S. currency. Visitors can examine genuine bills under a microscope and a black light to check for signs of counterfeiting. After the training is complete, kids can try to catch a counterfeiter by investigating money to determine which bills are real and which one is fake.

Face Value Make money with your face on it! Visitors can use digital technology to explore the messages that money communicates through the symbols chosen to appear on it. You can even print it out and take it home with you! Why are portraits often used on money? It prevents counterfeiting because people will notice subtle variations in a human face. The History of Money - Money Mysteries Artifact Cases Check out what's playing at the local movie theater and discover fascinating facts about the global evolution of money-what is money, why did it develop, who invented it and what makes it valuable? You can touch, examine and smell some of the many forms money has taken over time as you uncover such artifacts as stones, shells, feathers, fur, chocolate, silver coils and gold coins. Making Money Design your own money using crayons and an assortment of rubbings at this station, which resembles an engraver's desk.