Most children dream of their favorite storybook characters coming to life. Now, maybe they will, in the Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s new exhibit, “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites.” The immersive experience spotlights seven beloved children’s books in an interactive journey for children and their adult companions, on view through May 30. some of the features of the new experience.
“It’s an exciting journey through these children’s favorite books. It’s immersive, it’s fun, and most importantly, the underlying learning and messages within it are great,” Kelly said. “It’s about children learning reading and language and developing those skills.”
Primarily focused on promoting children’s literacy and language growth, the experience encourages interaction, exploration and conversation with unique environments for younger and older children and their adults. “You can sit and listen to mom reading from a board book,” Kelly said. “There’s a space for toddlers, always, for kids, little kids to engage when you’re little. For older children there are lots of fun and engaging role plays in the exhibit where you can actually crawl up Peter Rabbit’s tree and be in his house with his bed and read a story to your sister, brother and sister rabbits.
She continued, “For the ‘Snowy Day’ book, you can walk in snow – not real snow, obviously – and feel your feet creak.”
Another featured children’s favorite, the alphabet learning book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” comes to life in the “Storyland” exhibit. “There’s this wonderful tree where you match a capital letter to a lowercase letter, and then the letters go up the tree, and at the top they fall like in the book,” Kelly said.
The seven works of children’s literature chosen present various authors, with the content of the exhibition offered in Spanish and English. One section features “Abuela”, a story by Arthur Dorros, which contains both languages, helping to teach English speaking children Spanish phrases and English phrases to Spanish speakers. “Abuela takes her granddaughter Rosalba on this imaginary journey where they fly over New York,” Kelly described. “So if you look up, you can see Abuela and Rosalba flying overhead, surrounded by clouds.”
“Storyland: A Journey Through Childhood Favorites” is on view through May 30 at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The Children’s Museum is offering two sessions per day at limited capacity to ensure visitor safety. Masks are compulsory from the age of two. More information and tickets are available here.