Weebles Coast to Coast Hits Childrens Museum of Atlanta

Schools in Atlanta are officially out for summer vacation and for those of you who have children, it means that you need to find things to keep them entertained throughout the next few months. While there are a host of summer activities in the city to choose from, one option is a little more original than amusement parks and playgrounds. Check out what Children's Museum of Atlanta has in store for the kids beginning in June. The newest exhibit at the Children's Museum of Atlanta will take you on a 50-State adventure across the country, while never even leaving the museum.

Weebles Coast to Coast , an educational traveling exhibit developed by Betty Brinn Children's Museum in collaboration with Hasbro, will be featured in Atlanta from June 8 through Sept. 8 before it departs on a five-year tour to children's museums and science centers across the nation. In the exhibit, visitors will travel to each of the 50 states to explore U.S. geography, history and culture. Exhibit activities feature American travel, sports and leisure pastimes, music from across the nation, and fun and important information about the well-known people, places and historical events. Children will pretend to power a riverboat down the Mississippi, hit a home run at Fenway Park, build the Saint Louis Gateway Arch, ride a mule into the Grand Canyon, snorkel in Hawaii, enjoy winter fun in Wisconsin and so much more.

Visitors can plan their "trip" with a giant U.S. map and a touch-screen kiosk featuring the country's geographic regions, importance state facts, national landmarks and popular tourist destinations. Murals of beautiful American landscapes provide the backdrop for engaging play areas that represent U.S regions: Western, Mountain, Southwest, Midwest, Southwest and Northeast, and create memorable stops at the seaside, mountains, forest and desert.

A special reading area is dedicated to U.S. geography, history and travel. "We're excited to feature Weebles Coast to Coast for the next four months," said Jane Turner, executive director at Children's Museum of Atlanta. "The interactive exhibit is an effective educational tool that combines learning, exploring and playing to engage and entertain the whole family." The 2,500 sq. ft. exhibit is designed for crawling babies up to age 10.

Hands-on activities present opportunities for children to build cognitive and social skills, be physically active, curious and imaginative, and express themselves through music, movement and art. Educational content in the exhibit reflects developmental milestones for early learners set by National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Entrance to the exhibit is included in each regular admission to Children's Museum of Atlanta. Admission is $12.75 (+ tax) for ages 1 and up. Children under the age of 1 receive free entry, and admission for members is complimentary. For more information or to support The Children's Museum of Atlanta, visit their website at www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS. For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.