Imagine the most unique festival designed to excite and engage very young children in the arts. Picture yourself creating lifelong traditions and memories with your child, centered around one awesome experience. The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art have teamed up for the third year in a row to create a one-of-a-kind arts festival developed specifically for children younger than 5, and it’s going to be better than ever. From June 3 through 5 your toddler or preschooler can completely takeover Woodruff Arts Center.
Last year my then 2-year-old son and I attended Toddler Takeover for the first time. It also happened to be his first visit to the center and it was such a fun experience that he is still talking about it nearly a year later. I would venture to say that Toddler Takeover is at the top of our list for must-have Atlanta experiences. Here are some of the highlights of what you have to look forward to this year:
- Babies in Space! - A 20-minute interactive outer-space playscape and performance for children 0-24 months old and their caregivers.
- Roob and Noob - Join Roob and Noob on a 40-minute interactive adventure, as they build machines from simple objects and explore the wonder and sensations of each of the four seasons.
- From Head to Toe - Based on the book by Eric Carle—think, observe and move like your favorite animals.
- "Pancakes, Pancakes!" - A world premier musical inspired by the beautiful and iconic book by the same name.
- Little Yogies - A 30-minute yoga session for the very young led by certified yoga instructors.
- Parents and Tots Workshops - A 30-minute class session where little ones will explore themes and moments from Alliance Theatre for the Very Young productions through creative play and sensory activities side-by-side with their grown-ups. These workshops are appropriate for children 18- to 36-months old and their caregivers.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
- Music for the Very Young - Explore how to become active listeners of live classical music through Stories in Sound.
- Music Discovery Zone - Ages 2+ can have fun exploring how to create their very own melodies with large, interactive pianos and other hands-on, fun instruments in the Music Discovery Zone.
High Museum of Art
- Stroller Tours for infants and toddlers
- Art Making
- Visit "I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle." Read more about the exhibit here.
- Eric Carle Movies - Five of Eric Carle’s most popular stories bring the wonders of the world around young children into focus. Gentle, colorful music not only enhances the beautiful, jewel-like animation but delights the senses as well. Learn about counting, the changing face of the moon and how to imagine.
Seriously, add it to your summer bucket list and get your moms' group together for the ultimate play date. Invite your entire family. Day passes for children 5 and younger are free. Children 6 – 17 are $5. Adults are $30. Plan a hotel stay and make a weekend of it.
- Carefully look over the Toddler Takeover schedule to plan your itinerary.
- Arrive early to allow time for registration.
- Bring water, snacks, pack a picnic lunch -- eat in the Sifly Piazza.
- Dress comfortably. (Wearing a dress last year was a bad idea when it was time to do yoga with my son. Oops).
- Make a day of it. And you'll certainly want to with these awesome opportunities.
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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.