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Summer Fun at Fernbank Museum of Natural History
ATLANTA, May 12, 2016 – Escape the hot summer days with exciting programming, celebrations, camps and more this summer at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. When school’s out and the restless days of summer start to sink in, Museum visitors will stay enriched and entertained through interactive programs each day. From individual experiences to small group encounters, Fernbank educators lead hands-on activities, including animal encounters, chemistry demonstrations and much more. Additionally, Fernbank will host several themed Family Fun Days, immersive special exhibitions, summer camp sessions and IMAX® films for guests of all ages.
Space is filling up fast! Register now to give your child a summer of adventure and discovery. Fernbank Museum's summer day camps consist of week-long sessions for rising Kindergarten through 5th grade students. Educators will guide campers on an exploration of the scientific world: paleontology, forest ecology, zoology and more. Don't miss this opportunity for your child to experience a fun-filled week of activities, crafts, games and more that can only be found at Fernbank Museum. Cost is $300 per session for members and $350 for non-members. Session dates and more information can be found at: http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/discover-and-learn/summer-camp/.
Family Fun Days
Bring the whole family to special event days at Fernbank. Upcoming summer events include:
- Archaeology Day (May 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.): Celebrate Georgia Archaeology Awareness month with archaeology-themed crafts, activities and special demonstrations. Special Offer: Scouts who arrive in uniform will receive $6 off Museum admission. Valid in person only, not valid for IMAX®.
- World Oceans Day (June 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.): Join us as we celebrate our planet’s oceans in honor of World Oceans Day. Explore marine biofacts, ocean conservation methods and more. Visitors will also enjoy a special appearance by the Georgia Bubble Man.
- Superhero Day (June 19, noon – 4 p.m.): Join us for a day of super fun celebrating our hero dads. Come dressed as your favorite superhero and enjoy games, hands-on activities, a costume contest and more. Special Offer: Firefighters, police officers, military and EMTs who arrive in uniform will receive free admission to the Museum to celebrate our community superheroes. Dads will also receive free admission. Not valid for IMAX®.
- Reptile Day (July 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.): Come face-to-face with live reptiles and amphibians, including pythons, king snakes, geckos, tortoises, monitors, iguanas, and many more. This popular annual event offers an exclusive opportunity to interact with and learn more about these unique and ecologically important creatures.
All family day activities are included with Museum admission. Members receive free admission.
Special Summer Programs
All summer long, enjoy public, drop-in programming that explores the wonders of science throughout the summer at Fernbank. Programs will vary from day to day with special opportunities, including:
- Live Animal Encounters: Get up close and personal with a member of Fernbank’s live animal collection.
- Excellent Experiments: Explore the amazing world of chemistry through fun experiments in a live presentation!
- Tadpole Tales: Preschoolers can enjoy story time with a Fernbank educator along with a special activity or song.
- Elements of Weather: Learn how to decode the daily forecast like a meteorologist through fun weather demonstrations.
- Weekday/Weekend Wonders: Enjoy a variety of hands-on fun about a natural history topic.
- Dinosaur Talks: Join a Fernbank educator to learn more about Giants of the Mesozoic and our prehistoric stars.
Catch an immersive film on Fernbank’s five-story IMAX® screen this summer.
- National Parks Adventure (showing through June 16, 2016): Soar over red rock canyons, up craggy mountain peaks that touch the clouds and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds. Narrated by Robert Redford and coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, this film highlights the wild places that belong to us all.
- A Beautiful Planet (May 13-September 15, 2016): See an awe-inspiring glimpse of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of our planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet, captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Visit http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/explore/imax-theatre/ for more information.
Check out two incredible special exhibitions on view this summer, Wild Music and Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence.
- Wild Music (on view through July 31, 2016): Explore sounds and songs in nature in this highly interactive exhibit. Visitors will discover that nature is filled with “musicians” that create distinct musical masterpieces to communicate with and relate to one another. Visitors will also discover how human music is inspired by the music of other living creatures—from tiny insects to giant whales.
- Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence (on view through August 14, 2016): Explore the extraordinary organisms that produce light, from flickering fireflies found in backyards to alien-like deep-sea fishes that live in the dark depths of the oceans. Visitors will move through a series of re-created environments, from the familiar to the extreme, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it.
Many special programs, events and exhibits (excluding Summer Camp and IMAX films) are included with Museum admission, which is $18 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12, and free for toddlers and museum members. IMAX tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children 12 and younger, and $8 for Museum members. Upgrade to a Value Pass (includes IMAX and Museum admission) for the best value. (See Value Pass prices at fernbankmuseum.org.)
About Fernbank Museum of Natural History Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural attractions in Atlanta. Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX® screen and one of the largest assemblages of urban Piedmont forest in the United States, Fernbank brings science to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Fernbank continues its nearly 80-year environmental legacy to protect Fernbank Forest while fulfilling an educational mission to inspire life-long learning of natural history. Visit fernbankmuseum.org for more information and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.