13-15 yrs.

Imagine Dr. King as a Child

photos-medleyphoto-4364389Can you picture it? A young boy in Atlanta, wide-eyed and full of hope. Martin was part of a family, just like you and me. He was someone’s son He was someone’s student.

In honor of Dr. King’s special day, I want to remember him as a child and PLAY! Looking for a way for your family to honor his legacy today? Here are three ideas from the Alliance Theatre to get you started:

  1. READ. Pour yourself into a book on Dr. King and ask questions about the times in which he became the hero we respect today. Our favorite children’s books about Dr. King include:


The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore, Illustrated by Amy Wummer

This board book features minimal words introducing toddlers and preschool aged children to the life of Dr. King. We love this version as it points out the opposite lives African-American and Caucasian children lived in Martin’s day. Talk with your family about some differences you see in your community between people of any background.


We March by Shane W. Evans

How incredibly simple and elegant is this book? In our current political climate, the media is saturated with stories of marching. This book chronicles the civil rights movement’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom from waking up when its still dark outside, to Dr. King’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial. This book is accessible for very young children. Talk with your family about fairness, and what a peaceful protest is.


Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and named Best Illustrated Children’s Book 2001 by The New York Times, this book is essential in your conversations about Dr. King’s life. This book is intense, powerful and absolutely stunning with its’ use of collage. Recommended for elementary aged children.

2. SEE. On view through March 12, 2017 at the High Museum of Art, five photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life are displayed in the Greene Family Learning Gallery. Pay close attention to the photo of him with his family.


Today at the Woodruff Arts Center at 2:30 p.m., teenagers and young adults from the Palefsky Collision Project present Dear Dr. King, a reading of their work celebrating Dr. King’s life and a hopeful view of the future. Tickets are free. For more information, click here.


3. PLAY. As a boy, Martin wanted to be many things before he became the icon he is today. In a TIME article about his early years, it was said Martin wanted to be a fireman, then a doctor, then a lawyer, and finally a minister. Does this sound familiar?

With your family, discuss what they want to be when they grow up and take turns acting out these jobs for each other. Turn your sofa into a boat for future sailors. Imagine your backyard is a jungle for future explorers. Pull out old sheets and hats and get to designing the next en vogue ensemble with your future fashion designer.

You have all you need to become anything you want to be. Its located above your shoulders in that brilliant brain!





The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents Phantoms of the Orchestra on October 30, 2016

Atlanta Symphony Hall has been invaded by ghosts! Who can we call for help?! This year, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra needs your help in putting the Phantoms of the Orchestra to rest.  As the Atlanta Symphony Hall is now haunted, we invite you to join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor, Joseph Young, on a Halloween adventure with the Magic Circle Mime Company as they lead the ghoulish orchestra in a concert just for families.  The Orchestra will perform music from Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor among many other selections. Also, this year, our costume contest continues!


We encourage every member of the family to participate. We had some family-themed costumes last year, which entertained us all. Come enjoy an afternoon together filled with mostly treats, but Maestro Young does have a few tricks up his sleeve.  There will be activities for the whole family, including the return of the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, Halloween-themed Art Making, and a Halloween Photo Booth designed to light up those jack-o-lantern smiles. Boys and ghouls of all ages are invited to come enjoy this hour-long concert to celebrate this Halloween season. For more information or to buy tickets, please click here.


Last year, Halloween Hijinx ensued when families attended this kid-friendly concert to help Assistant Conductor Joseph Young pick out his Halloween costume.  Along the way, kids enjoyed an instrument petting zoo, costume contest and wonderful music provided by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who dressed up in costumes too!


Thank you to Jeff Roffman Photography for all photography used in this post.


A Fashion Forward Sunday with the Decatur Makers!

As a part of our Family Fun Sunday programming, the High Museum of Art hosted the Decatur Makers on January 24th to lead an exciting fashion design project! Inspired by  Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion, the Makers challenged families to create modern doll outfits out of recycled, everyday materials like tissue paper, plastic bottles, grocery bags, wire, and pipe cleaners.

Some of the young designers started their creations with provided patterns and some developed their designs from sketches. Then their dolls hit the runway and had their photos taken!

From ninjas to space king and queens, the young artists produced countless imaginative designs! Here are some of the final creations:

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Here is a beautiful sketch made by an 8 year old boy, and his finished design! Wow!

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The Makers also brought along their very own 3D printer and were printing these whimsical “rocktopus” figurines throughout the day. Kids and adults alike were fascinated with seeing the printer in action, and it tied in so perfectly with Iris van Herpen’s 3D printed fashions, which are on view through May 15, 2016.

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Many thanks to our creative friends over at the Decatur Makers for providing such fashion forward fun for our family visitors last Sunday!

The Makers will be back at the High as a part of the February 14th Free Family Festival! Hope to see you there!

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