March 10, 2003
The facility itself is easily accessed from I-75. Parking can always be a problem in Atlanta, but there is a parking garage across the street that will cost you $5. If you'd prefer not to drive, you can take the MARTA to the Peachtree Center Station and walk to the museum. The cross street is Baker.
After we bought our tickets, it was time to explore. With three-story high ceilings and multi-colored walls, the interior of the museum felt a bit like a huge gymnasium. Different "sections" are within one giant room. The boys immediately ran for the mechanical crane with its twistable gears and levers. Plastic balls traveled through metal chutes to be deposited in bins to one side. After he had figured out how the crane worked, my son found the PVC pipe garden interesting as he made "sculptures" out of the long, white pieces. Kids piled in and out of the play truck in the middle of the floor. Some of them were wearing bright yellow construction helmets on loan from the museum. My friend and I found a bench where we could sit and observe our children.
While our boys (6-9) certainly had fun, we both agreed this museum is the best suited for children 18 mths. to 6 years old. Tiny tots will absolutely love going down the bright yellow banana slide, "watering" the plywood flowers, splashing their hands in the rubber duckie pool. Still, wearing brightly colored frog smocks to paint on plexiglass walls, making clay sculptures in the silver sand trough, running through the canvas maze, and beating on the bongo drums, will appeal to elementary school kids of all ages. We stayed for a couple of hours, but younger kids would've moved through the exhibits slower than ours did. Bring the camcorder and get more of your money's worth for the whole afternoon!
Practical InformationHours: 10-5, 7 days a week (closed Christmas and Thanksgiving)Admission: 2 and under--Free, 3 and up (including parents)--$11/personFood: Eating space available. Vending machines for sodas and snacks. Website: www.imagineit-cma.org
TIP: Budget some time to stop in the gift shop. This was my favorite place in the museum! Lots of unique, educational toys for kids such as pint-sized gardening tools and books available as well as some silly stuff like worms in dirt candy that aren't too expensive for the ride home.
From journal Atlanta with the Family