“There is no greater joy than being able to help all children learn through the power of play,” said Jane Turner, executive director for the Museum. “The generous donations made by our friends and supporters this year helped us raise $245,000. This funding will help us continue to break down barriers and make education through the power of play possible for young, developing minds across Atlanta.”
Guests followed the yellow brick road to Children’s Museum of Atlanta and found a variety of activities and entertainment, including Field of Poppies whiskey pull, Zoltar the fortune-teller, dancing, fabulous food, opportunities to pose with iconic characters from the Wizard of Oz and the Amuse’um signature candy buffet. Attendees also participated in live and silent auctions with chances to win tickets to the 2020 Final Four; an electric bike, New York Broadway getaway; and the opportunity to see some of the top concerts, including Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, at State Farm Arena. The evening also featured an enter-to-win opportunity for a seven-night getaway to one of the following locations, Hawaii, Spain, the Bahamas and Mexico.
This annual event attracts a diverse crowd of more than 400 attendees from across the greater Atlanta area who contribute to the ongoing and important work of the Museum. All proceeds support Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s early childhood educational programming and community outreach that directly impacts more than 220,000 children and families annually. Serving the children, families and schools in Atlanta and throughout Georgia, the Museum has welcomed more than 2.8 million visitors since opening in 2003.
With the premise that meaningful play provides the essential foundation for life-long learning, Children’s Museum of Atlanta features hands-on exhibits designed to spark imagination and inspire discovery. These exhibits introduce young learners to core educational concepts that lay the foundation that will help children succeed in school, and ultimately in the global economy, through the power of play.