Monday, June 21, 2010

Conservation Quest at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

July 3 – September 12, 2010

Go green – join the quest! Children will be on a mission to discover the many ways they can save energy and protect the planet. They will learn about what energy is, where it comes from, and the countless ways that they can conserve energy every day. Children will be inspired to become environmental stewards during Conservation Quest at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta from July 3 through September 12, 2010.

“Conservation Quest will help children realize that they can do something every day that will reduce their energy use and help preserve the environment,” said Jane Turner, Museum executive director. “Children can continue the quest to be green at home by practicing conservation as a family.”

Hands-On Exploration Helps Children Learn about Saving Energy

Home: Explore energy uses and choices from electricity, heating, and lighting to transportation, waste, and recycling.
Energy Smarts – Computer interactive helps children make green energy choices with electricity, appliances, heating and cooling, recycling, transportation, and more
How Do You Stack Up? – Stack blocks to represent the amount of electricity various appliances use and learn how to reduce electricity use
Watt’s the Use? – Use watt meters to compare electricity use by different electronics and appliances
Bright Ideas – Turn a crank to compare the amount of energy required to light up an incandescent light bulb, a CFL, and a LED
Switch and Save – Explore good, better, and best choices when it comes to water, food, batteries, and shopping bags
Sort the Waste – Sort items into their proper containers: Plastics, Glass, Paper, Metals, Garbage, Compost, Donations, and Other

Park: Investigate where food comes from, the environmental benefits of plants, and how far food travels to get to us.
Food Miles – Find out how far food travels to get to us and that transporting food uses energy and can pollute the planet
Food Is Fuel – Learn that food is energy for people
Murals – Seek and find positive examples of energy use and conservation

School: Discover where energy comes from, learn why it’s limited, and investigate renewable sources.
Energy Report – Learn what energy is, where it comes from, and which sources are limited
Clean Energy – Explore how water, wind, and solar energy are used to generate electricity
Connect It! – Create a circuit to power up LED lights, fans, and alarms
Energy Posters – Energy posters define energy, from what it is and what types exist to renewable sources of electricity
Green Favorites – Check out an interesting collection of innovative energy-saving inventions
Map of the World – Investigate energy production and consumption around the world
Book Nook – Enjoy reading children’s books about energy and conservation

“The exhibit’s activity stations, combined with the Museum’s programming, will provide a rich learning experience that will make children excited about finding their own ways to conserve energy at home,” said Karen Kelly, Museum director of exhibits and education.


Conquer the Energy Vampire in Mini-Musical “Operation Green!”

Going green will become more entertaining than ever with our interactive programming led by the Imaginators, our troupe of professional actors and educators. The Imaginators will also perform an original mini-musical titled “Operation Green!” Jamie’s family uses so much energy that they’ve created an Energy Vampire. Children become Junior Agents and help Agent Green reduce the power of the Energy Vampire by switching out light blubs, recycling trash, and exploring renewable energy sources. Children learn that everyone has to do their part to use less energy and keep our planet green. Playwright: Marc Farley, Imaginator. Director: DeWayne Morgan, Imaginator. Musical Director: Jerry G. White, Imaginator. Music by: Abe White. Families will also enjoy other special programming such as Recycle Relay and Go Green and Read story time.


The Environment in Mind with a Green Design

Conservation Quest was designed and produced using environmentally friendly materials and practices. Green design signs call out sustainable features throughout the exhibit.
Eco-friendly graphics (banners, board, wallpaper, canvas, and aluminum)
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood and water-based stains and sealants
Fiber drums for cabinetry
Eco-resin used instead of plexiglass
No plastic laminates
Marmoleum
ENERGY STAR® electronics


Exhibit Information and Sponsors

Conservation Quest was developed by Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Conservation Quest is presented locally in Atlanta by GE Energy with additional support from Georgia Power, The Coca-Cola Company, The Kendeda Fund, The Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation, and Publix Super Markets Charities. Media sponsorship from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Brochure design and printing courtesy of Primerica.


Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta

Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta is a smart place to play and a non-profit organization offering a family-friendly space filled with interactive, educational exhibits and programming for children ages eight and under. The Museum’s mission is to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning for all children through the power of play. The Museum’s four permanent learning zones consist of bright, creative, hands-on exhibits that are designed to give children an opportunity to learn through play. Imagine It! also offers parties, memberships, summer camp, field trips, and facility rentals. Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Admission is $12.50 plus tax for adults and children ages 2 and above; children under 2 are free. Imagine It! is located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW. The Museum is closed for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information or to support Imagine It!, visit their website at www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS [5437]. Connect with us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/imagineitcma and Twitter: https://twitter.com/ImagineItCMA.


Major funding for Imagine It! is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.


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July at Imagine It!

Opening of Conservation QuestSM Exhibit and All-American Fourth of July Celebration for Children

Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta offers children unique, hands-on learning opportunities and sparks imagination through the power of play. Below is a schedule of feature exhibit information and special programming taking place at Imagine It! in July.


Feature Exhibit

Conservation Quest
July 3 – September 12, 2010

Go green – join the quest! Join the quest to learn about energy and conservation. In this exhibit, children explore science concepts and learn about water, wind, and solar energy at interactive stations while finding new ways to save with light bulbs, electricity, and recycling. See how much electricity your family uses and connect circuits to power up lights, radios, and fans. Through a computer interactive, discover the greener choice when it comes to energy.

Conservation Quest was developed by Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Conservation Quest is presented locally in Atlanta by GE Energy with additional support from Georgia Power, The Coca-Cola Company, The Kendeda Fund, The Forrest and Frances Lattner Foundation, and Publix Super Markets Charities. Major funding for Imagine It! is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council. Media sponsorship from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Brochure design and printing courtesy of Primerica.

Operation Green!

Mondays-Fridays at 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM; Saturdays at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM;
Sundays at 12:00 PM

In this original 20-minute mini-musical, Jamie’s family uses so much energy that they’ve created an Energy Vampire. Children become Junior Agents and help Agent Green reduce the power of the Energy Vampire by switching out light blubs, recycling trash, and exploring renewable energy sources. Children learn that everyone has to do their part to use less energy and keep our planet green. Playwright: Marc Farley, Imaginator. Director: DeWayne Morgan, Imaginator. Musical Director: Jerry G. White, Imaginator. Music by: Abe White.


Recycle Relay

Tuesdays-Saturdays at 2:00 PM

Children will join the Imaginators and race to the finish line to see who can sort and recycle everything in their trash bin the fastest!


Go Green and Read

Tuesdays-Fridays at 3:00 PM; Saturdays at 4:00 PM

Join the Imaginators for a reading of “Michael Recycle” by Ellie Bethel. Children learn about the adventures of a young superhero whose power allows him to teach people about recycling.


Laugh and Learn: Energy Games

Mondays-Saturdays at 10:30 AM

Meet Recycle Rick, Conservation Carl, and Mr. Eco as you learn about conserving energy by playing Recycle Relay, Wheel of Misfortune, and In or Out and On or Off.


Special Events

Under the Big Top Circus Programming

June 9, 2010 – July 2, 2010 (except on June 19 – Cow Moo-ving In Celebration)

Run away to the Circus with the Imaginators as they perform circus stunts with you in the center ring! Prepare to be awed as you learn how to juggle and be dazzled as you hear the magical tales of the circus. Check the Museum website for hourly programming schedule at http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/visitors/calendar.


Under the Big Top – It’s Circus Time!
Thursday & Friday, July 1 & 2 at 11:30 AM

Run away to the Circus with the Imaginators as they perform circus stunts with you in the center ring! Do you want to be a lion, monkey, elephant or a clown? They’ll teach you how to juggle and walk the tightrope. There will be a magician with a rabbit in his hat, stilt walking, parades, fun make and takes, songs, games and stories galore!!

Special Events

All-American Fourth of July Celebration for Children
Sunday, July 4
Celebrate Independence Day with some all-American family-style fun!

Grand Ole’ Flag
Sunday, July 4 at 2:00 PM

Learn all about the stars and stripes and what makes our flag such a special symbol of freedom. Then, kids can make their own flag and join in a marching parade around the Museum!

Batter Up!
Sunday, July 4 at 3:00 PM

Enjoy America’s favorite pastime as the Imaginators act out the famous poem “Casey at the Bat” with YOU on home plate! Gather around the baseball diamond and enjoy this classic story of a beloved baseball player who steps up to bat for his team to try and save the day.

Ongoing Events

Eat a Georgia Rainbow
Every Sunday at 11:00 AM

Join the Imaginators in Fundamentally Food as you search for fruits and vegetables that are in season and grown in Georgia. Then, listen to a story and make a tasty take-home treat!


Target Free Second Tuesdays

Second Tuesday of Every Month – January through December 2010 (July 13 from 1:00 PM-8:00 PM)
Special Summer Target Free Second Tuesday Hours (Jun-Jul) 1:00 PM-8:00 PM
Regular Target Free Second Tuesday Hours (Jan-May & Aug-Dec) 1:00 PM-7:00 PM

Through a sponsorship by Target, admission is free for all visitors who come during these special hours. Free tickets will be available at the Museum starting at 1:00 PM during each Target Free Second Tuesday, and the Museum will close at 7:00 PM (or 8:00 PM in June & July). The free tickets are issued on a first come first served basis as Museum capacity permits. Once the Museum reaches capacity, tickets are only issued as capacity in the Museum becomes available. Reservations are not accepted. http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/visitors/target_tuesday_faqs

Read It!

Every Sunday at 3:00 PM (Special Read It! Programs: Fourth of July on July 4)

Children are encouraged to delve into the world of books during Read It! This half-hour story time, sponsored by McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, is devoted to fostering literacy and encouraging young children to embrace the magic of books. Children join a special guest or an Imaginator as a colorful, creative storyteller extraordinaire who arrives with an armful of stories.

Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta is a smart place to play and a non-profit organization offering a family-friendly space filled with interactive, educational exhibits and programming for children ages eight and under. The Museum’s mission is to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning for all children through the power of play. The Museum’s four permanent learning zones consist of bright, creative, hands-on exhibits that are designed to give children an opportunity to learn through play. Imagine It! also offers parties, memberships, field trips, and facility rentals. Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Admission is $12.50 plus tax for adults and children ages 2 and above; children under 2 are free. Imagine It! is located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW. The Museum is closed for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information or to support Imagine It!, visit their website at www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS [5437].

Major funding for Imagine It! is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.
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