Archive for February, 2012

Reciprocal (free) Entry to Kid’s Museums

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

One of Oliver’s favorite places to visit is Imagine It – the children’s museum in Atlanta.  It is very similar to the Marbles that we loved so dearly up in Raleigh, NC.  They have plenty of exhibits set up for kids to play with, to explore, and to learn from.

Oliver was over the moon about the full size tractor!  He felt like a very big boy up in the driver’s seat.

They had some very cool train tables with holes cutout of the top for 360 degree play.

There was an entire section devoted to this very strange “sand”.  The sand stuck together as if it were wet, but was remarkably dry.

The museum also had painting stations, balls for vacuum tubes, gears, a mini-grocery store, and a big water play area for “fishing”.  All of this fun doesn’t come cheap though.  The regular admission price is $12.75 per person over 2 years of age.  In contrast, Marbles was $5 per person. 

As luck would have it, I noticed a sign in the entry way listing free reciprocal entry to other kid’s museum as a perk to museum membership.  Most large children museums are members of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM).  If you have a membership card from a museum that is in the ACM, you are allowed to visit other ACM affiliated museums for free. 

Your card should have a small ACM logo on the back if it is in the Association.  If not, just ask the museum you are visiting to look it up in their database (as was our case).  They told us here that we could get in for free until our Marbles membership card expires in May 2012.  That’s great news for us and is another benefit to purchasing yearly memberships.

 

February Already

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

A personal note to my 2pennies readers:

We are just about settled in to our new lives in Atlanta and I am starting to eke out some free time to blog again. It had been hard finding resources, from pediatricians and dentists to preschools and playdates, for Oliver and Evelyn . I joined a local MeetUp group for moms and gathered some great referrals.  Thankfully, the kids are all set to go now.  We even have a local “emergency contact”!  I never knew how difficult it was to get things going with kids unless you have a local, non-family member to use as a contact person in case the hubby or I get squished.

The house is as setup as it’s ever going to be, considering that we plan to buy a house over the summer.  The boxes that remain have been relabeled and permanently stored.  I’m relieved to finally be done with boxes.  I’m going to a class on Tuesday about how to buy “distressed properties”.  Apparently, we are bored without a house to constantly work on ad infinitum.  Okay, okay – the hubby is bored without constantly having a project to do.  I already told him that he’ll have to hire himself a sidekick as I’m still traumatized from flipping our old house last summer.

The hubby and I haven’t explored the city yet.  Of course, I know where all the cool kid’s places are, but I don’t think the hubby would enjoy Monkey Joe’s as much as Oliver does.  We found a place that does drop off child care on the weekends and the kids absolutely love spending time there.  We plan to use them a few times so we can get out and about when the weather warms up.

I have a dozen or so posts just waiting to be downloaded from my camera.  I’m crossing my fingers that my free time continues so I can catch up!

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