Friday, June 28, 2024

Children’s Museum of Atlanta Unveils New Phase of Step Up to Science Exhibit!

Children’s Museum of Atlanta is excited to announce the third and final phase in its Step Up to Science exhibit series, made possible by generous donors to the Bridge to the Future campaign.

Entitled “Catch a Wave: A Sound & Light Exhibit,” children can explore the fascinating realms of shadows, light sources, color theory, vibrations, and properties of sound. This exhibit offers hands-on activities through a variety of experiential areas, including the Color Wheel, Colorful Shadows, Laser Table, Touchable Sound, Pixel Pegs, Standing Wave Tube, and Prisms. Designed to inspire curiosity and a love for science, the Step Up to Science exhibit is ideal for both kids and kids at heart.

“This new, final phase of the Step Up to Science series of exhibits offers children insight, interactive experiences, and new ways to learn about light and sound,” said Director of Exhibits and Education Karen Kelly. “We are excited to provide young minds with this new opportunity to explore their senses, the peculiarities of light and sound, and the wonder of natural phenomena. Holding space for this exploration nurtures curiosity, gets kids hands-on with physics concepts, and encourages a passion for scientific observation, experimentation and discovery.” 

The Color Wheel combines hands-on science with creativity, allowing children and families to create various colors by turning the wheels. Color theory is explained through exploration of primary and secondary color combinations, and sturdy frames show which colors are mixed, encouraging experimentation and social play. At Colorful Shadows, little ones use materials and can describe them in terms of opaque or transparent, demonstrating how shadows are formed when a light source is blocked by an opaque item. Using an array of adjustable mirrors and lenses at the Laser Table, scientists old and young can direct a light beam across a table surface and alter the angles that the light follows.

The Touchable Sound Station gives kids the opportunity to not only hear the sound waves they create and control, but also to touch and see them, while the Pixel Pegs in the Museum’s Leaping Into Learning station demonstrates concepts of color name, color matching, and opacity while encouraging hand-eye coordination. The Standing Wave Tube creates a visual representation of the auditory phenomena of frequency, wavelength, and amplitude. Using tubes, kids observe that as sound is generated, the pressure waves flowing through the tube cause wires to align -- displaying the sound's waveform. Children can adjust both the frequency and the amplitude of the sound, making both audible and visible changes. Finally, the Prisms section displays different shapes and sizes of prisms to help explain the process of light refracting into components - helping children focus on using key words like spectrum, wavelength and light source.

​Children’s Museum of Atlanta is the only educational venue of its kind in Atlanta, presenting educational programs and exhibits designed for young children ages 0-8.

The mission of Children's Museum of Atlanta is to change the world by sparking every child's imagination, sense of discovery, and learning through the power of play.  With learning zones consisting of bright, creative, and hands-on exhibits, the Museum supports inventive play-based exploration and experiential learning focused on the whole child. Core competencies for literacy, math, and science are promoted throughout all exhibits and programming in alignment with the state and national Core Performance Standards.

Funding has been provided by Georgia Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. For more information, please visit Major support is provided by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, and major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. Children’s Museum of Atlanta also offers memberships. For more information or to support Children's Museum of Atlanta, visit or call 404.659.KIDS [5437]. 


Museum Admission: Online ticketing only is available at this time. Phone booking is available with ample notice and will be booked via online reservation. Members must pre-book and will be able to redeem their $5 voucher online. Babies 11 months and younger and members are admitted for free and must reserve their free ticket online prior to arriving at the Museum. All daily programs are included in price of admission. For more information regarding ticket and membership options, visit


Museum Hours: The Museum will operate in a timed entry model where guests can visit between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Museum will be closed on Wednesdays. Please check the Museum website to confirm hours of operation.

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