Metro Atlanta has a plethora of attractions, but finding one that is appropriate for pre-school and early school-age grandchildren can be a challenge. ImagineIt! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta easily fills that void – and a winter afternoon – with educational programs that are entertaining and informative for children and adults alike.
One of their most timely attractions is the Fundamentally Food Exhibit, which follows food from the farm to the store or farmer’s market to the dinner table. Aside from backyard or container gardens, many children never have the opportunity to see how their food is produced, and that it actually comes from farms.
With Fundamentally Food, kids can sit on a tractor, “pick” their vegetables and fruits, load them into crates and “operate a forklift” to ship them to market. Seeing how food is produced may turn the pickiest eater into a broccoli lover when they learn that the part of broccoli that is served with a meal is really a flower!
The Museum’s staff of “Imaginators” – actors who create interactive, educational programming for all of the attractions at ImagineIt! – also have created an ongoing Sunday series called “Eat A Georgia Rainbow,” which teaches about different colors of foods and the vitamins and other nutritional qualities associated with each.
The exhibit includes recipes, guest chefs and activities through which children learn how to prepare healthy meals using food from local sources.
Of course, with Spring just around the corner, Windsong homeowners are already poring through seed catalogs for their 2013 courtyard and container gardens. Without the hassle of lawn maintenance, folks at Windsong have more time to plant, tend, prune and harvest their own vegetables and fruits right outside their window – and it just doesn’t get more “local” than that!
Homes in our Windsong active retirement communities feature patios and porches where container gardens thrive, and courtyards that are the perfect size for planting a manageable plot that grandchildren can feel a part of as well. Home designs that feature the best of indoor and outdoor living provide countless opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle without sacrificing style or luxury. Welcome home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!
Website for Fundamentally Food – http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/exhibits/fundamentally_food
Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30313-1827
(corner of Baker St. and Centennial Olympic Park Dr.)
Phone: 404.659.KIDS