Why All Atlanta Parents Should Take Their Kids to the Winnie-the-Pooh Exhibit at the High Museum of Art

Parents: Don't miss the High Museum exhibit, "Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic."
  • Get ready to enter the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh.
    Get ready to enter the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh.
  • Little ones can sit inside a tree and hear a story.
    Little ones can sit inside a tree and hear a story.
  • What girl wouldn't love a Winnie-the-Pooh dress?
    What girl wouldn't love a Winnie-the-Pooh dress?
  • Let's read a story.
    Let's read a story.
  • Here's A.A. Milne with Christopher and Pooh. (Howard Coster)
    Here's A.A. Milne with Christopher and Pooh. (Howard Coster)

The High Museum’s whimsical Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit is a once-in-a-lifetime experience all Atlanta parents should have with their kids. This is the fourth installation of the High's children's picture-book initiative, and it is the largest collection of classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories by A.A. Milne and illustrations by E.H. Shepard on display in more than 40 years. On view through Sept. 2, this playful exhibit will delight adults and children alike. Here is why you should visit one of Atlanta’s best destinations for family fun to see "Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic."

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Nostalgia
The classic tales of Winnie-the-Pooh and friends span generations. I grew up reading, watching and loving this huggable, hungry bear and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, and I relish the opportunity to share these treasured characters with my own son. I love that this exhibition offers an opportunity for connection. The graphics-loving, advertising and history buff in me geeks out over the memorabilia on display. See more than 200 works spanning 90 years of Pooh history, from 1920 to present.

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Unique Experience
The High prides itself on empowering parents to facilitate learning, with opportunities for teaching even the youngest children how to be a Museum Friend, as well as how to apply themes from their favorite books to their own lives. Walk over a bridge straight from the storybook or get cozy inside a tree within the Hundred Acre Wood.

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Interactive Activities
As you enter the exhibit, pick up a bilingual family guide to enjoy in both Spanish and English. This guide includes a fun game, an invitation to create and imaginative play. It also encourages discussion between family members, which is supported throughout the exhibit. Explore themes through reading prompts within each section, including Reasoning, Encouragement, Teamwork, Community and Creativity.

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Family-focused Programming
"Winnie-the-Pooh" at Alliance Theatre June 7 through July 8
July First Friday -- Winnie-the-Pooh Tea Party
Second Sundays

Interesting Finds
Among books about Pooh featured in the exhibit are these: "Pooh's Workout Book," "Winnie ILLE Pu," (Latin version) and "Winne-the-Pooh's Little Book of Feng Shui."

Posingford Bridge, with wooden rails perfectly placed for different-sized animals to lean over, is the bridge where Pooh and his friends play their invented game, "Poohsticks."  E.H. Shepard copied the structure faithfully. A photograph in the exhibit shows the bridge as Shepard would have seen it. The photo was taken in 1907 and features the men who built the bridge, which was later restored. In 1979, Christopher Milne officially reopened it as Poohsticks Bridge. 

Three photos show (1.) A.A. Milne, Christopher Milne and Winnie, Christopher's toy. 1926; (2) Daphne Milne, Christopher Milne and Winnie again. 1928; and Christopher and Winnie. 1928. 

As you consider whether or not to see this exhibit, perhaps this quote from A.A. Milne will help: "Think it over, think it under." ("Winnie-the-Pooh")

Joleen Pete lives in an Atlanta 'burb with her husband and their 5-year-old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen. 

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

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