8 Places For Kids To Get Artsy in Atlanta

Expose your kids to the arts at these Atlanta locations.
  • The High Museum placed Eric Carle exhibit at a low level so that even young kids can enjoy it.
    The High Museum placed Eric Carle exhibit at a low level so that even young kids can enjoy it.
  • Woodruff Arts Center hosts a yearly event to engage little ones. It's called Toddler Takeover.
    Woodruff Arts Center hosts a yearly event to engage little ones. It's called Toddler Takeover.
  • Theatre for the Very Young engages 0-2 year olds.
    Theatre for the Very Young engages 0-2 year olds.

Kids are the best when it comes to creativity. Help your young ones find their inner Vincent van Gogh or Meryl Streep or Leonard Bernstein by experiencing the arts in Atlanta. Here are eight fun ideas for getting artsy. 

  1. Alliance Theatre
    The Alliance Theatre wants to provide world-class theater experiences for people of all ages. Got a young one? The Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young for children ages 0 to 5 is an artistic experience that overcomes age, language and developmental barriers to expand the consciousness of very young audience members and integrate bilingual elements into each show. Prices vary for the shows/season tickets are available.

    Check with the Alliance for a full range of acting classes for all ages, starting with children as young as 18 months and going all the way up to high school seniors. Prices range from $100 to $180.

  2. Atlanta Children's Theatre Company
    The Atlanta Children's Theatre is “where every kid is a star.” Their classes provide safe environments for exploration through acting and skills through fun theater games, improvisations and plays. After-school programs and Girl Scout Badge Workshops for Brownies and Juniors are available. The latter is just $10 per Scout for the first 10 Scouts and $7 for each additional child. These workshops typically last 90 minutes. The Children's Theatre also offers private coaching. Contact the theater via email or call 404-550-1600 for additional information, including cost.

  3. Chastain Arts Center
    Chastain offers art classes for all kids, starting at 2 years old and going up through the teen years. Prices for the very wide range of classes range from $100 up to $260.

  4. Center for Puppetry Arts
    Even young children can enjoy the stories told through the visual world of puppetry at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The recommended age for most Family Series performances is 4 years old. Admission for children younger than 2 is free. General admission for All-Inclusive Family Series tickets, which include Create-A-Puppet Workshop and museum entry are $20.50 for nonmembers and $10.25 for members. Exceptions apply so check the website for exact show pricing. Advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended since many performances sell out.

    In addition to puppet shows, the center offers a series a series of workshops. Create-A-Puppet Workshops are interactive, curriculum-inspired puppet building workshops where children ages 4 and up can become puppet makers and puppeteers. Workshops are offered Tuesday through Sunday, and the times and format vary depending on the day of the week and time of year. Children ages 2 and 3 can participate with the help of an adult. The instructor-led learning activities and puppet design correlate with the current Family Performance theme. Cost is included in an All-Inclusive Ticket, $4.50 for members and $6.50 for nonmembers when purchased à la carte. Insider's Guide Create-A-Puppet Workshop To-Go Kits are available.

    Teens 16 and older can participate in the Explore Puppetry Series. These workshops vary in theme, but give teens an up close and personal look at what it takes to be a puppeteer. Current workshops include a hands-on opportunity to learn about puppet mechanisms, a full body fitness, flexibility and balance of a puppeteer class, and a lecture exploring sound design, voice acting and other audio-related topics. Classes are $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

  5. High Museum of Art
    From toddlers to teens, the High Museum of Art offers plenty of family programs. Drop in between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for Toddler Thursdays. Explore the High as a family during Weekend Family Tours at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Choose an Art Trek Scavenger Hunt for the family. High-schoolers, note that you can drop in any time from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month for an Open Studio class.

    Try a do-it-yourself gallery adventure with one of the museum's backpacks that take families on 30- to 45-minute journeys. Inside the packs are art projects, puzzles, books, games and easy-to-follow instructions that help parents and children connect with several works of art in the galleries. Discovery Packs can be borrowed free of charge from the Wieland Pavilion Coat Check.

    The Greene Family Learning Gallery comprises five hands-on activity areas inspired by popular objects in the museum's collection. The Greene Family Learning Gallery serves children from preschool through 10 years, their families and caregivers through exhibitions that change in connection with exhibitions and programs. Most High Museum family activities are free with museum admission.

  6. Johns Creek Arts Center
    Johns Creek Arts Center offers a wide variety of classes for children to experience the arts. Everything from drawing, painting, mixed media and cartooning, to ceramics, sewing and personal enrichment. These classes are geared toward school-aged children, ages 7 and up. They also have a series for Boy and Girl Scouts.

  7. Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA)
    Girl Scouts and Brownies should head to MODA the second Tuesday of each month to work on projects and earn badges. $18 for members; $20 for nonmembers. Check often with MODA to see other events and workshops for kids. During March, for example, MODA ran an after-school program on astrophotography. The cost was $110 for members and $120 for nonmembers. Another recent program was Little Bits Circuitry Workshop for Kids, which cost $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

  8. Woodruff Arts Center
    Stop by the Woodruff Arts Center any Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. to experience free programming as a part of Family Fun at the Woodruff. Be sure to make a reservation.

    The Wells Fargo ArtsVibe Teen Program is an initiative at the Woodruff Arts Center to engage metropolitan Atlanta teenagers as active participants in the arts. ArtsVibe is a collaborative effort between all of the arts partners of the Woodruff Arts Center: the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art. The program, which is designed to meet the needs of arts-oriented teens as well as those who are less familiar with the arts, offers a combination of paid and free events for students in grades 6 through 12.

    Once a year, Woodruff Arts Center hosts Toddler Takeover in conjunction with Alliance Theatre and High Museum. This event takes place in June and offers a series of stations and events, such as yoga, music class, art stations, theater performances and more for young children. Children 0 to 5 years old are free. The Big Kid Day Pass for children ages 6 through 17 is $5 and the Adult Day Pass is $30.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Joleen Pete is a Southern California transplant, living and loving it in the ‘burbs outside Atlanta, with her husband and their 3-year- old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and lifestyle/family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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