Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Curiosity Quest DVD Review

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Curiosity Quest is an upbeat, family, educational program which explores topics that viewers are curious about.  On each curiosity quest, host Joel Greene takes the audience on location for an unscripted, hands-on, educational experience. Curiosity Quest episodes are available on DVD as well as over 100 PBS stations throughout the country. These documentaries have no grade levels are great for families, homeschoolers, libraries, schools, etc.

A moms review: 
I have two documentary loving children! Seriously, my 6 and 8 year old watch at least 2 documentaries a day. So when the Curiosity Quest DVDs arrived they were pretty excited and couldn't wait to pop them into the DVD player. As a matter of fact we watched all six episodes in one day! We received the DVD Combo Pack - Produce and DVD Combo Pack - Swimmers of the Sea. Each of these combo packs has 3 episodes and each episode is 30 minutes long. These DVDs geared towards children ages 7-14, though younger and older children will definitely enjoy them too (I know I did and I am way older than 14).

Currently Curiosity Quest has 6 seasons and Curiosity Quest Goes Green has 4 seasons. These educational, factual documentaries cover topics such as animals, careers, the environment, recycling, vehicles, sports, food and more. Curiosity Quest DVDs can be purchased individually or through a monthly membership. For homeschoolers there are also annual and monthly homeschool membership options which include corresponding curriculum (follow up questions, projects and activities).

What are you curious about?

What to expect in each episode:
In each episode the engaging, funny host, Joel sets out on a quest to answer a question that has been sent in by a child. The documentaries are done in a hosted, participatory format. Your family will follow Joel on location where he investigates, experiences and learns first hand about the topic. There are no graphics or animations just real live footage.

First Joel introduces the viewer letters or videos that inspired the curiosity quest episode. Next he provides brief information on the location (city, state, etc) he is traveling too. Several times throughout the show Joel cuts to children, parents and experts to present fun facts or answer questions. Some of these questions include, "what do penguins eat" or "why don't penguins fly." After the children and parents provide their answers to the questions Joel asks the experts to answer. My children had a blast answering along and couldn't wait to see if they were correct, it was totally like a show of Jeopardy! There are lots of great vocab words introduced throughout the episodes as well, like preening, molting, husbandry, etc. Finally Joel encourages viewers to send in their letters or videos!

More episode details:
Here are more details about the two DVD Combo Packs we received.

DVD Combo Pack - Produce - (Mushrooms, Cranberries, Orange Packing)

In this episode Joel answers the question about how mushrooms are grown. Not the mushrooms in the woods, but the ones we buy at the grocery store and eat. Joel visits the largest commercial mushroom grower in Watsonville, CA to get the answer. Viewers will learn about what mushrooms are and the process that is used to make commercial mushrooms. Joel takes viewers step by step through the growing, picking and packaging process.

Do you love cranberries? I do. In this episode you will travel with Joel to Wisconsin to learn about harvesting cranberries! Joel battles flooded cranberry fields and cold weather to help viewers learn more about cranberries, cranberry bogs and more!

Joel takes viewers to Dinuba, CA to a commercial orange grove to learn how oranges are harvested. Viewers will learn about the various types of oranges and how they are grown, harvested, sorted and packaged.

DVD Combo Pack - Swimmers of the Sea - (Sea Turtle Rescue, Penguins, Salmon)

Sea Turtle Rescue

Are you curious about how fast a sea turtle can swim? Did you know that many species of sea turtles are in danger of becoming extinct? Join Joel at the Sea Turtle hospital in Marathon, FL where you will find the answers to these questions and many more. Learn about the important work being done by the dedicated sea turtle hospital staff who rescue, rehabilitate and release sea turtles everyday.

In this episode Joel visits Sheep Creek in Juneau, AL to learn about how salmon are maintained and protected. While at the salmon hatchery viewers will learn about the process of rehabilitating salmon, why salmon swim up stream, the 5 different types of salmon (sockeye, king, pink, silver, chum) and more.

In this episode viewers visit The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA to learn about penguins. Topics such as what they eat and how and where they live are discussed in this up close and personal episode. You will also learn that penguins have 100 feathers per square inch!

Documentary printable:
To compliment these fantastic DVDs I created this documentary journal page. This journal page is great for any documentary including Curiosity Quest. Get yours here for FREE.

Gwyn (8 yrs old) and Rowyn's (6 yrs old) review:
Gwyn, "I liked all the episodes, I cannot pick just one. I learned a lot about penguins. The guy that does the show is really funny!"

Rowyn, "The DVDs are good. My favorite one was episode was the mushroom one."

Links to follow:
-Curiosity Quest Website
-Curiosity Quest Facebook
-Curiosity Quest Twitter
-Curiosity Quest YouTube

Where to buy:
You can purchase Curiosity Quest DVDs directly from the website for $19.95- $24.95. The DVD Combo Pack - Produce and DVD Combo Pack - Swimmers of the Sea are $24.95 each. Monthly and yearly memberships are also available.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

30+ Free Nationwide Fieldtrip Ideas

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Are you looking for fieldtrip ideas? How about FREE fieldtrip ideas? Well here is a list of over 30 ideas to get yous started. The ideas on this list are available in EVERY state! Some are events that are offered every month, others are places you can have free fun all of the time. Please note there are a couple of things on the list that are only free on certain days during the year. See fieldtrips don't have to be complex or cost a lot a money to be fun and educational!

“Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!” - Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

1) Home Depot Kids WorkshopsThe Home Depot offers free workshops for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. The first Saturday of every month kids can make a fun project for free. Projects include things like cars, flower planters, pencil boxes and more.
2) Lowes Build and Grow Workshops - Lowes offers free workshops twice a month for children of all ages. Kids also get an apron, goggles, patch and more. Projects include cars, picture frames and more.

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3) Michaels Craft Store - Every month Michaels offers free craft projects for kids. The passport to imagination event that runs every summer costs $2 per craft but it's a great way to learn geography through the summer! And don't forget about the homeschool 20% discount on all purchases.
4) Barnes and Nobles - Every month Barnes and Nobles offers story times, author meet and greets, hands on projects and more. And don't forget about the educator discount here too!
5) Learning Express - Learning Express offers play days every month. Play days involve stories, crafts and more generally centered around a product like American Girl, etc.
6) LEGO Store - Every month LEGO stores offer free mini model builds. The mini builds are only available for the first 250 kids, special mini builds are generally only available for the first 100-150 kids.
7) Pottery Barn Kids - Join Pottery Barn Kids every month for story times, scavenger hunts and more hands on learning fun.
8) Lakeshore Learning - Every Saturday from 11 am - 3 pm join Lakeshore Learning for free crafts for kids.

Join us every Saturday for free crafts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Image courtesy of lakeshorelearning.com.

9) American Girl Store - American Girl offers monthly in-store crafts and cooking classes to tours that get your daughter out and about, every special event is designed with girls in mind! These events generally include information about various time periods!
10) Kids Bowl Free - Registered kids receive 2 free games of bowling daily ALL summer long.
11) Kids Skate Free - Skating is a great physical activity for both adults and children. Register your child at your local skating rink so they can enjoy free skating on select days/times. There is a fee for skate rentals.
12) Local Library - Remember to check with your local library for information on classes and events. Don't forget to also check with your library to see if they offer passes for local attractions (for example the Fulton County Library here in GA has Puppetry Center, Zoo, Fish Hatchery and GA State Park family passes that can be checked out). You can even ask your library about providing your kids with a tour so they can learn about why libraries are important, what the Dewey Decimal system is, etc.
13) Fire Stations or Police Stations - Both of these places are more than happy to offer free tours, all you need to do is ask. The tours we have been on have allowed children to try on equipment and sit in vehicles! We have even had a K9 demonstration. And a lot of times they also have free goodies for kids too like firemen hats and coloring books.
14) Nursery/Greenhouse - So much can be learned during a trip to a local nursery or greenhouse. You don't even have to know anything about the plants and flowers because everything has little informational tags! Many chain nurseries like Pikes Nurseries offer free workshops too.
15) Free National Public Garden Day - Every May right before Mothers Day several sponsors come together to offer free admission to local gardens. Check the BHG website often to see when 2014 dates will be announced.
16) Pet Stores, Animal Rescues, Farms - Several times a month we visit a local horse rescue Save The Horses and our local Petco store. Lending a hand at a shelter or rescue can be rewarding and fun! A visit to the local pet store is always exciting. Ask a store employee to get out a few furry or scaly friends for kids to hold or pet, generally they don't mind. Many pet stores also have brochures available that kids can take home to learn more about the animals. Visiting these locations is a great way to learn about animals, agriculture, helping animals in need and more.
17) Resturant Tours - Many restaurants will provide you with a free tour if you ask. We did a tour of Cici's Pizza a couple of years ago. We got to learn how pizza is made and even learned some fractions too!
18) Nature Walks and Geocaching - Visit local nature centers, parks, etc and go on a nature walk. Nature walks are totally free and can provide hours of educational, fun! While you're at it try out some Geocaching too!

Geocaching Logo, 150
Image courtesy of geocaching.com.

19) Post Office - Contact your local post office and inquire about tours. Many offer behind the scenes tours for free. It's a fabulous way for children to learn how our mail gets from one place to another.
20) Recycling Center - Learn about recycling and saving our planet by taking a visit to a local recycling center.
21) Grocery Store - Many grocery stores like Whole Foods, Publix etc offer free tours. We have done several of these and they are very educational and fun. Kids can learn about nutrition, making healthy food choices and more. The lobster tanks are always a huge hit with my kids.
22) Hospitals and Senior Centers - This is another great opportunity for kids to volunteer their time. Both of these facilities are in desperate need of volunteers and many times it's a simple task like just sitting and talking with residents.
23) Factory Tours - Contact local factories and ask about getting a tour. You will be surprised to find that many of them offer tours they just are advertised. We recently visited Mayfield Dairy. It wasn't a free tour but it was very inexpensive ($3 per person) and included ice cream, so it was totally worth it. We learned a lot and even got fancy hair nets to take home too!
24) Cemeteries - I know this sounds creepy, but it can be very educational. Especially if it's a historic cemetery or if someone famous is buried there. Here is a great website with information about cemeteries. The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is totally on our list!
25) Government Buildings - Capitols, Federal Reserves, etc offer free tours all the time. What a great way to learn about politics and government!
26) Historical Walking Tours of Cities -
27) Churches, Temples, Mosques - A great way to learn about different religions is to visit different places of worship. Many will gladly open their doors to anyone interested in learning more about their religion. We got a tour of a Jewish Synagogue and it was fabulous.
28) Historic Monuments, Sites, Landmarks etc.Wikipedia has a great list broken down by state. Most of the historic sites are free or very inexpensive.
29) Water Treatment Facility - Learn about where our water comes from and how it is cleaned.
30) Airport - Contact local airports for tours, who knows maybe your kids will even get to sit in an airplane.
31) News Channel or Newspaper - Do your kids ever wonder where the news comes from? Visit a local news channel or newspaper. Maybe you will even be lucky enough to catch breaking news.
32) Local Colleges - Many local colleges offer free tours of department facilities and events. For example here in GA UGA offers an open house every year for their Veterinarian Medicine Department.
33) National Parks and State Parks - Several times a year the National Parks offer free admission. Your local State Parks might too. State and National parks offer families a variety of activities including hiking, swimming, camping, Junior Park Ranger program, Get Fit program, geocaching and more. You may even find historical buildings, historical markers and even small nature centers at many of them.

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34) Historical Markers - National and global events all happened somewhere, and historical markers mark the place where many occurred. But the richness of history is in its local details, details that can be insignificant on the global stage: the home of an in­di­vi­dual who made a difference; a natural feature, building, byway; or just something interesting that happened nearby. Markers tell stories and point out facts.
35) Reciprocal Memberships - If you have membership to a local history museum, art museum, science museum, zoo, aquarium, nature center etc make sure you check out the reciprocal membership benefits which get you into other participating locations free or at a very reduced fee.

Be sure to also check out my 200+ FREE Things To See And Do In GA post from yesterday!

Also be sure to head over to Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog to see what my fellow crew members are blogging about this week for their 5 day blog hop!

Here are a few quick links to some of my bloggy friends:

Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road ~ Great Kids Reads
Shalynne @ Wonderfully Chaotic ~ Birth and Babies
Lisa Marie @ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ Canadian Teachers Pay Teachers Stores
Kemi @ Homemaking Organized ~ Homekeeping for Girls and Boys
Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity ~ Planning Your Homeschool Year
Nikki @ Angels of Heart ~ Easter: The Cross for Preschoolers
Jenn @ Treasuring Life's Blessings ~ Family Friendly Finger Food
Lisa @ Golden Grasses ~ The Working Woman's Guide to Homeschooling

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

LEGO KidsFest Is Coming To Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, June 27 - 29, 2014 - Enter To Win Tickets

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I have two super excited kids right now who are counting down the days until LEGO® KidsFest arrives in Atlanta. KidsFest will be held at Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta on June 27-29, 2014. When I showed my son everything that will be going on during KidsFest he literally started running around the room yelling, "yay, yay I'm so excited we are going to LEGO KidsFest!" This event is going to be a great way for our family to celebrate his 7th birthday which will be on June 23rd!

LEGO KidsFest visits 7 North American cities each year! The event covers more than 150,000 square feet of space and consists of five sessions over three days. It brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in one activity and entertainment packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

There will be a ton of fun activities and something for every member of the family, yes even for us LEGO addicted parents! I totally have the NEW Simpsons minfigs on my personal want list.

All of the amazing activities are included in the price of admission and each session offers the same interactive activities and play area. So no session is better than another to attend.

Here are some of the highlights....
• LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
• LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from professional LEGO builders
• Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
• Race Ramps: build your own custom car, and race it down the ramp against friends and family
• Construction Zones: creative free build, play and display areas
• LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
• LEGO Retail and KidsFest Marketplace: purchase LEGO and official KidsFest tour merchandise
• Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
• Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
• Brickscapes: fantastic displays that combine lots of LEGO and DUPLO sets

And much more!

Photo courtesy of LEGOKidsFest.com.
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Over 200 FREE Family Things To Do In Georgia

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After countless hours of research I have complied a list of over 200+ FREE things to see and do in the Georgia aka the Peach State. All of these places offer FREE admission, please note that some only offer FREE admission on select days! For your convenience I have broken them up into two categories: Indoors and Outdoors. I don't know about you, but I cannot wait to go exploring!

  1. 1894 Hanging Jail - was constructed around 1880, and it is one of the only two hanging jails in the state of GA.
  2. Adairsville Rail Depot Museum - the museum features displays of Adairsville's role in the Civil War railroad espionage attempt by Andrews' Raiders, known as The Great Locomotive Chase. Additional exhibits include railroad memorabilia and tributes to early life in Adairsville.
  3. Albany Museum of Art - showcases exhibits of regional artwork. 
  4. Augusta Arsenal at Augusta State University - was the arsenal to both Federal and Confederate governments, and the commandant’s house was a home to poet Stephen Vincent Benet.
  5. American Museum of Papermaking - trace the history of paper from 4000 B.C. to today's contemporary paper artists.
  6. Anne Frank Museum - this powerful, moving 600-photograph exhibit tells the story of young Anne Frank and explores lessons of the Holocaust and its relevance today.
  7. Antique Funeral Museum/Margaret Mitchell Playhouse - visitors can see a horse-drawn hearse, a pre-Civil War casket and antique Civil War embalming equipment. Visit the room where Mitchell played as a child. 168 N McDonough St., Jonesboro GA (Not sure if they are still open, I cannot find a website or phone number)
  8. Appling County Heritage Center - the center's holdings include agricultural tools, black history, a war room, genealogy room and publications by local historians. The Appling County Heritage Center offers a wide variety of items and records that detail the history of the county. Some of the special features include: a growing turpentine collection, agricultural implements, 19th and 20th Century memorabilia, items representing county architecture, Black history, Genealogy library, county records and manuscripts, War Room, Collections and publications by local historians.
  9. Ashely-Slater House - a turn-of-the-century Italianae mansion that serves as the Douglas Area Welcome Center and Chamber of Commerce. Built in 1912 by Mr. John Marshall Ashley as a wedding present for his wife, the Ashley-Slater House is complete with moldings, beautiful woodwork, and an original mural. Visitors should drop by the get local and regional tourism information and relocation packets as well as a tour of the historic home. There are EVP recordings of ghosts sounds in this house.
  10. Arts Clayton Gallery - displays original art by Georgia artists and four murals depicting life in Jonesboro adorn the side of the building.
  11. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center - (FREE on Thursdays) Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) is a non-profit, non-collecting institution dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of contemporary art by emerging and established artists.
  12. Aviation Museum Warner Robbins - a fabulous museum with lots of great history on American wars, artifacts, planes and more.
  13. Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple - the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Hindu Temple is one of metro Atlanta's most spectacular cultural, arts and spiritual highlights. One of the largest Hindu temples in the U.S. It is also an architecural masterpiece.
  14. Banks County Historic Courthouse & Museum - one of the oldest courthouses in GA, it houses a local historical society museum with art, WWII memorabilia and historic records.
  15. Barnesville Jail and Museum - this building, completed in 1938, was a WPA structure.  The sheriff and his family lived downstairs and the inmates were housed upstairs in cells.
  16. Barrow County Museum - see jail cells, exhibits of Senator Richard B. Russell, county history and more.
  17. Billy Carter Gas Station Museumthe famous south Georgia service station once owned by Billy Carter has come back to life as a museum, reflecting the former First Brother's life and the station's history. Billy Carter, who died in 1988, lived in Plains most of his life, managing the family peanut business for a while and in 1972 buying the old service station, which became the town hot spot during the Carter campaign.
  18. Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp - visit this historic site of a Civil War prison. The prison was an open camp in an out-of-the-way place, surrounded by a guardline, including some heavy artillery pieces. It was considered as a 'corral for human beings.' The prison guards were mainly from the 2nd Georgia Reserve Regiment and 3 companies of the 4th Georgia Reserves.
  19. Booth Art Museum - (FREE on the 1st Thursday of each month from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm) At the Booth Art Museum you can explore the American West through contemporary art. They have a great children's play area as well!
  20. Brenau University Permanent Art Collection - see over 1,000 pieces of original art that grace the campus. Find sculpture and painting in a variety of media.
  21. Brown House Museum - General Sherman’s headquarters on his March to the Sea. It showcases Civil War and Sandersville historical artifacts.
  22. Bud Jones Taxidermy Museum - includes exotic animal mounts and an extensive fossil collection.
  23. Byron Depot - located in the exact center of town you will find a historic railroad depot and caboose, beautifully restored to reflect times in Byron over a century ago. At this site is a museum showing the history of Byron through pictures, artifacts, and other memorabilia.
  24. Cabbage Patch Hospital - beautifully situated on 650 acres in the North Georgia Mountains, this Southern Style home filled with Cabbage Patch Kids will capture the imagination of your entire family.
  25. Carter-Coile Doctors Museumwas there really once a doctor who set broken bones, delivered babies, performed all types of surgery, and came to his patients' homes at any hour of the day or night? In our sophisticated, automated, and specialized age, the family doctor who treated all illnesses has almost been forgotten -- except in Winterville, Georgia, home of the Carter-Coile Country Doctor's Memorial museum. There are only two museums like this in the USA.     
  26. Center for Puppetry Arts - (FREE on Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm) Visit the permanent museum exhibit, Puppets: The Power of Wonder, and the  special exhibits including Jim Henson: Puppeteer, Jim Henson: A Man & His Frog and Jim Henson: Wonders From His Workshop.
  27. Chick-fil-A Tour - (original tour is FREE) The Home Office Backstage guided walking tour will feature the story of Chick-fil-A Founder, Truett Cathy. You will also get a behind-the-scenes look at Chick-fil-A’s food, engage in fun interactions with the Chick-fil-A Cows and get a chance to visit our gift shop to commemorate your experience
  28. Children's Imagine It Museum - (FREE entrance on the 2nd Tuesday of each month starting at 1:30 p.m sponsored by Target) Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta is fun for all with music classes, painting on the walls and an indoor forest to explore. Learn more about Imagine It!
  29. Church-Waddel-Brumby House Museum - Athens Welcome Center - Athens’ oldest surviving house was built in 1820. Its rescue and restoration in the 1970s sparked the town’s historic preservation movement
  30. Columbus Museum - founded in 1953, the Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and is unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in its permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational programs. Features a great children's area also.
  31. Core Performance Studio - Lunchtime in the StudioRe-envision your lunch break with dance by CORE Performance Company and free lunch from a Decatur area restaurant. This hour-long program offers a "backstage pass" to audience members who are able to witness and participate in the internationally acclaimed collaborative process of CORE. The audience will deepen their experience of watching dance by learning about the creative process that takes place in the Decatur studio, where CORE Performance Company creates the shows they tour nationally and internationally. Free lunch is provided for the first 40 attendees. 
  32. Cornelia Historic Depot and Railroad Museum - first built by the Southern Railway soon after the town was founded. Burned in 1910 and replaced in 1914 this large passenger and freight station was once the home to two rail lines The Blue Ridge & Atlantic Railroad and The Georgia Air Line Railroad,now known as Norfolk Southern. Today this depot serves as a railroad museum filled with relics from the days when the railroad ruled.
  33. Coweta County African-American Heritage Museum and Research Center - the first black museum of Coweta County provides a repository for African-American artifacts and records while also serving as a genealogy workroom for African-American research. Adjacent to the museum, which is housed in a restored shotgun-style house, is the Farmer Street Cemetery which may be the largest slave cemetery in the South. This cemetery was a 19th and 20th century burial ground for African-Americans in Coweta County.
  34. Chandler Field Museum - the museum was established to recreate the old Atlanta airport as it existed in the 1920's and 1930's
  35. David Spencer CDC Museum - see how the CDC's work leads to safer and healthier people. A museum, visitors center and interactive educational facility.
  36. Dell Goodall House - the former Screven County seat is said to have been destroyed by a curse. This 1815 house is all that remains
  37. Delta Flight Museum - is an independent nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for public charitable uses and purposes and a qualified 501(c)(3) organization. We collect, preserve and share the history of Delta and over 40 family airlines.
  38. Eagle Tavern Museum - possibly a fort to shelter early settlers from Creek Indian attacks in the 17oos, The Eagle Tavern was built as an inn on a stagecoach route in the 18o0s. The tavern became state property in 1956 and has authentic furniture and decor from the 1800s.
  39. Elberton Granite Museum and Exhibit - in the three stories of self-guided exhibits are educational displays of antique granite-working tools used in the quarry, as well as other artifacts.
  40. Eubanks Museum and Gallery - the collection of J. Robert Eubanks, a benefactor of Shorter College. Personal artifacts from around the world include trophy animals from Africa and India. 
  41. Euharlee Creek Covered Bridge and History Museum - built in 1880 by Washington King, the bridge is on the Georgia Covered Bridge Trail. 
  42. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Visitors Center and Monetary Museum - explore the Federal Reserve's role in the economy through interactive exhibits. Tour the cash and check operations overlooks.
  43. Fernbank Science Center - (the planetarium shows are $3) The Fernbank Science Center is a museum, classroom, and woodland complex located in Atlanta. It is owned and operated by DeKalb County School System. 
  44. Firehouse Center and Gallery - this historic center contains an original jail, a museum and exhibition space. 
  45. Fire House Gallery - is located in a restored historic fire station. The Fire House Gallery strives to exhibit exciting and challenging contemporary American art for the benefit of the citizens of Louisville, Jefferson County, and the Central Savannah River Area.
  46. First Thursday Atlanta Art Walkit's the perfect time to experience art inside and out.
    Each month art walk invites you to stroll with them through magnificent buildings and streets to enjoy the beauty of Downtown and the art created by local galleries and artists. Take an Art Walk the First Thursday of each month, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  47. Fitzgerald Grand Theater - this restored movie theater of the 1930s is a performance theater with seats, an orchestra pit and movie projection system with silver screen. This facility can show historic and first run 35 mm film in addition to full live concert and dramatic capabilities.
  48. Flint Riverquarium - parents and pre-schoolers can visit the RiverQuarium the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. for a 45-minute sharing time that includes story-time, a craft and a closer look at the animals at the RiverQuarium. Participants will be FREE to enjoy the RiverQuarium on their own after the session.
  49. Folkston Railroad Depot and Train Museum - enjoy old train memorabilia such as logbooks, lights and train maps in this restored depot.
  50. Fort Benning Tourdownload the Fort Benning Self-Guided Tour and you will be on your way to exploring the history and heritage of the former Camp Benning, which is now named Fort Benning "Home of the Manuever Center of Excellence." The map will guide you to 35 unique destinations inside the historic Main Post of Fort Benning. You will learn a little history and see pictures of what the historic site used to look like to compare it with the present day.
  51. Fort Stewart Military Museum - chronicles the story of Fort Stewart from it’s origins in 1940 to the present. See the 3rd infantry division.
  52. Frogbottom Gritsmill - with a pull of the crank on the old John Deere engine, the two large stones grind  corn into grits and cornmeal. This historic facility has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. Visitors can view an old John Deere engine turn two large stones to grind corn into grits and cornmeal.
  53. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art - this National Register home serves as a center for visual arts classes and changing art exhibitions.
  54. George Coleman Planetarium in Dahlonega - (FREE Friday nights) The star theater seats 46 and houses a Spitz 512 planetarium projector which can display 1000 northern and southern sky stars on a thirty-foot diameter dome. The effect is a realistic simulation of the night sky as seen from anywhere on the surface of the Earth at any time of night and at any epoch from the ancient past to the far future.  In addition, an automated cove lighting system and CRT projector can provide special effects to lift you into the solar system on voyages to the planets
  55. Georgia Children's Museum - (FREE first Friday of every month 5:30 pm -7:00 pm) he Georgia Children’s Museum strives to inspire children of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to discover the joy of life-long learning through hands on, interactive activities.
  56. Georgia Museum of Art - exhibits challenging, provocative and innovative contemporary art.
  57. Georgia State Cotton Museum - the history of cotton is told with farm tools, cotton bolls, periodicals, a cotton bale and other agricultural artifacts.
  58. Georgia Southern University Museum -  (FREE last Saturday of every month) See collections, exhibits, and programming interpret the natural and cultural history of Georgia’s coastal plain and the exciting research and work taking place at Georgia Southern University.
  59. Georgia State Capitol and Museum - there is a great museum upstairs and you can also tour the Capitol on your own or sign up for a guided tour.
  60. Gertrude MA Rainey House and Blues Museum - visit the home of the "Mother of the Blues" who was born and died in this home.
  61. Glennville-Tattnall Museum - built in 1911 as a school, the museum showcases local and Southern history with artifacts, photographs and animation.
  62. Gordon Depot and Railroad Museum - built in 1855, this museum is also a history center. See the extensive Civil War memorabilia, the Old Jail and Confederate cemetery in this town that was part of Sherman’s March to the Sea. There are also antique train cars and historical documents
  63. Governor’s Mansion - is where you can take a tour through the beautiful mansion to learn the history and see its collection of 19th-century neoclassical furnishings, paintings and porcelain.
  64. Grovetown Museum - is a restored 100-year-old dwelling that contains artifacts, military memorabilia and detailed exhibits of the Grovetown area.
  65. Gwinnett Veterans War and Memorial Museum - located inside the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Covers war from the Revolutionary War to the present.
  66. Heard County Historical Center and Museum - the Heard County Historical Society’s purpose is to encourage and promote the restoration of landmarks, to assist with family history and research, disseminate historical information, and encourage the preservation or Heard County’s heritage.    The Society was organized in 1979 and maintains an archive of historical records in the “Old Jail” building in Franklin, Georgia.
  67. Helen Arts & Heritage Center - local artist gallery, craft shop and history museum located in downtown Alpine Heritage.
  68. Historic Mansell House and Gardens - is a 1910 Victorian home, filled with period antiques and surrounded by gardens, houses the records and archives for old Milton County.
  69. Historic Wrightsboro - the 1768 settlement was Georgia’s only Quaker community. All that remains today is the old Wrightsboro Church and cemetery, built c, 1810.
  70. Jekyll Island Museum, Visitor Center and National Historic Landmark District - exhibits detail the island’s history from native inhabitants to the present.
  71. Jones Creek Church Museum - is a small museum that features the slave gallery in the 1856 church building, original cemetery and “baptism hole” in Jones Creek.
  72. Johnny Mize Athletic Center and Museum - named for Baseball Hall of Famer and former Piedont player Johnny Mize, the museum features memorabilia from his career.
  73. Kingston Womans's History Museum - Kingston, rich in antebellum history, displays its pride through artifacts, scrapbooks and photographs in two museums maintained by the Kingston Woman's History Club. The newest museum, The Martha Mulinix Annex, opened in April 1998 and displays material about Kingston and the surrounding area. The Civil War museum portrays Kingston's role in the Civil War along with memorabilia from past Kingston Confederate Memorial Day Observances (the oldest such ceremony in the nation).
  74. Lane Southern Orchards - (only packing line tour is FREE) At Lane’s peach-packing facility, browse the locally grown produce at the market. 
  75. Laurel and Hardy Museumartifacts and exhibits pay tribute to comic duo and Harlem native Oliver Hardy.
  76. Lyndon House Arts Center - Ware-Lyndon House - this unique complex features 5 galleries of local and regional artist, and a historic house museum
  77. McCranie Brothers Turpentine Still - this restored turpentine distillery operated from 1936-1942. “ McCranie’s Turpentine Still in Willacoochie Georgia , one of the most intact of the old fire-burning stills remaining in the southeastern United States. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  78. McIntosh Old Jail Art Center and Museum - this art center has five art galleries, two calssrooms, agit shop and a county history museum in an 1888 jail.
  79. Macon Arts Alliance - the Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance exhibits and sells work by more than 200 artists in an array of media. You’ll find pottery, paintings, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fabric arts and more in the front gallery. The central gallery hosts featured exhibits which rotate each month.
  80. Market House - was built at the crossing of two trails, the open-air building dates back to the late 1700s. In the center hangs a bell that was used to warn of Indian attacks.
  81. Marlow House Gallery - is a quaint gallery features Thomas Kinkade artwork, collectibles and gifts.
  82. Mauldin House and Gardens - is a 19th century Victorian cottage that sits next to a milinery shop and the 1922 Big Holly Cabin.
  83. Marble Museum - tour the local treasure to learn how marble is formed, mined and quarried while exploring its many other uses.
  84. Mark of the Potter - historic mill on the Soque River featuring the works of many local artists and potters. Feed the pet trout and see the inner workings of an old gristmill. 
  85. Marietta Fire Museum - showcases antique fire engines and fire-fighting equipment
  86. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic SiteThe King Library and Archives in Atlanta is the largest repository of primary source materials on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement in the world. The collection consists of the papers of Dr. King and those of the organization he co-founded, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as well as the records of 8 major civil rights organizations and of several individuals active in the Movement.
  87. Michael C. Carlos Museum Emory - (FREE on select Thursdays) The Michael C. Carlos Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets art and artifacts from antiquity to the present in order to provide unique opportunities for education and enrichment in the community, and to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research at Emory University.
  88. Medieval Times Hall of Arms - visit the display of medieval artifacts and a medieval torture museum.
  89. Mildred Huie Plantation Museum was built in 1929. This museum showcases the work of the legendary impressionist painter Mildred Nix Huie.
  90. Monastery of the Holy Spirit - the Honey Creek Woodlands (HCW) is a conservation burial ground for all faiths on the grounds of the 2,100-acre Monastery of the Holy Spirit near Conyers, Georgia, 20 miles from downtown Atlanta. 
  91. Mountain Life Museum - is the site of the restored 1906 Grapelle Butt Mock House and the restored 1861 John Payne Cabin.
  92. Museum of Colquitt County History - see an overview of the area’s history, from rare Native-American artifacts to Desert Storm memorabilia. 
  93. Museum of History and Holocaustdirected by Dr. Catherine Lewis, the Museum of History and Holocaust Education (MHHE) presents public events, exhibits and educational resources focused on World War II and the Holocaust in an effort to promote education and dialogue about the past and its significance today.
  94. Nash Farm Battlefieldthe 204-acre Nash Farm Battlefield was the site of the largest cavalry raid in Georgia’s history and a huge Confederate campsite. It is the only battlefield south of Kennesaw Mountain that remains meticulously preserved so that visitors can step back in time to the final days of the Atlanta Campaign.
  95. National Infantry Museum - the National Infantry Museum emphasizes the values that define the Infantryman, as well as the nation he protects: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. It preserves and displays one of the greatest collections of military artifacts in the world, but it is a museum of people, not things. As a visitor, you will meet the Infantryman face to face and join him on his journey.
  96. NESPAL - this facility is staffed by scientist who develop systems for environmentally and economically sound agriculture production.
  97. Newspaper Museuma newspaper group in north Georgia has saved a piece of history in Banks County. Visit the museum to see type cases where type was set one letter at a time by hand, a small job press that is operated by hand, a Washington iron hand press and more.
  98. Nora Mill Granary - this 1876 working mill is powered by the Chattahoochee River. It is restored and is operated by the Fain family with the original French burr stones.
  99. Oakleigh Historic Home - General Sherman used this historic home as his headquarters in the Civil War. It is now home to the Gordon County Historical Society.
  100. Ogeechee River Mill - located on the beautiful Ogeechee River. This corn mill has been in operation since 1826.
  101. Old Greene County Gaol - the Goal is one of the oldest standing masonry jails in Georgia, and the building is patterned after the bastilles of 100 years ago.
  102. Old Liberty County Jail - built in 1882, former home of the Hinesville-Liberty County Chamber of Commerce. Tours available during week. Call first for tours.
  103. Old Pickens County Jailfrom 1906 to 1980, this structure's purpose was two-fold: to house the county inmates on the top floor and to serve as the residence of the county sheriff or deput on the first level.
  104. Old Sautee Store & Museum - this 136-year old store is now a museum and historical landmark.
  105. Old Stone Church Museum - built around 1850, the recently restored church still has its original pews. It now houses the Catoosa County Historical Museum. 
  106. Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Centeropened in 1995 as a collaboration among Columbus State University, Columbus Water Works, and the City of Columbus, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center provides exhibits, displays and nature trails, and also offers formal and informal educational programs about the ecology and natural history of the region.
  107. Pierce County Heritage Museum, Genealogical Library and Depot - is a restored 1902 train depot that now houses a Civil War museum, with county history and a genealogical library.
  108. Polk County History Society Museum - a former children’s library houses this local museum, which chronicles the history of Polk County.
  109. Richland City Hall and Rail Museum - is the town's late 1800s train depot that now houses a railroad museum along with related memorabilia.
  110. Rome Area History Museum - tales of adventure, exploration and dedication await, from DeSoto to the Civil War, from early barnstormers to more recent Rome history.
  111. Roswell Fire Museum - this small local museum focuses on the history of the Roswell Volunteer Fire Department.
  112. Roswell Mills & Mill Life - experience the mill village and mill life through exhibits at the Roswell Visitors Center.
  113. Smallest Church in America - Christ's Chapel in Memory Park - located in north McIntosh County, this little sanctuary has become a stop for thousands of I-95 and US Highway 17 travelers. Situated near the South Newport River, the church was constructed in 1949, and represented a dream come true for Mrs. Anges Harper, a local grocer. She wanted the chapel to serve as a place of meditation and rest for weary travelers.
  114. Sound Play, Inc- tour the workshop and play drums shaped like alligators, metallophones and other unusual outdoor musical instruments.
  115. Sunrise Planetarium & Science Museum - (open by appointment only, groups preferred) View a planetarium show or the science museum. 
  116. Suttons Corner 1844 Frontier Store Museum - is endorsed by museum curators as one-of-a-kind in America, this frontier store is rated among the top five US heritage museums. See more than 4,000 authentic and original artifacts.
  117. Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford - in the summer of 2003 a birth at the historic Tannery building in Buford, Georgia began with a hand full of artists. Now, the few artists have grown to a colony of very talented artists. With 17 artists of different cultural backgrounds, a unique atmosphere has developed and the first artist colony under one roof was forged in the historic Tannery Row building.
  118. Teaching Museum North - exhibits document the history of the U.S., Georgia and Roswell.
  119. Telephone Museum AT&T - (must schedule tour) The Telephone museum uses interesting and nostalgic exhibits, photographs, tapes and slides to commemorate the first century of  telecommunications in the United States.
  120. Tellus Museum - (FREE on select days for Bank of America customers) Tellus is a world-class 120,000 square foot museum located in Cartersville, GA just off I-75 at exit 293. The museum’s exhibits open minds and ignite a passion for science. Tellus features four main galleries.
  121. The Big Chicken - (not free to eat but certainly free visit) A well known Marietta landmark that rises above a KFC restaurant at the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Roswell Road. It is a large steel-sided structure with a moving beak and eyes. The restaurant was built in 1963 for a restaurant called Johnny Reb’s Chick-Chuck-’N'-Shake. The owner, Stanley R. “Tubby” Davis, created the seven story tall structure as a way to advertise his restaurant. 
  122. The Gourd Place - International Museum - This gourd museum and retail shop features more than 200 gourds from 23 countries.
  123. The Smith House Mine - view the mine shaft located underneath the Smith House, and see some of its artifacts.
  124. The Varsity - (not free to eat but certainly free visit) The World's Largest Drive-in Restaurant. We have been serving customers here in Atlanta since 1928. People from all over the world come to experience The Varsity because there is nothing like it anywhere! We invite you to explore, learn about our history and reminisce.
  125. Thomasville Aviation Museum: Power of the Past - museum features a collection of antique airplanes, airplane motors and airplane memorabilia. This is the personal collection of the James Dekle Family of Thomasville Georgia.
  126. Underground Atlantaa shopping and entertainment district in the Five Points neighborhood of downtown Atlanta, Georgia filled with history!
  127. U.S. Army Signal Corps Museum - is located on Ft. Gordon’s Army base, this museum displays Signal Corps artifacts from the Civil War forward.
  128. U.S Mint Site at University of North GA - visit the University of North Georgia's iconic Price Memorial Hall with its gold-covered steeple. Price Memorial Hall stands on the foundation of the civil war era U.S. Branch Mint, erected in 1837, that operated until seized by the Confederates in 1861. It produced gold coins estimated to exceed $6,000,000 in value.
  129. U.S National Tick Museum GA Southern UniversityWorld's largest tick collection. Open for one hour every Wednesday or by appointment. With over 125,000 accessioned lots, over one million specimens, their associated data, and an extensive library (reprints, monographs, and books), the U.S. National Tick collection is one of the largest curated tick collections in the World, if not the largest.
  130. Valdosta Museum - see artifacts from early Lowndes County families and documents on county history from the settlers until today. Displays, which center on the rich culture and diverse population of Southern Georgia contain many rare and fascinating items.
  131. Veteran's Historical Museum at Heritage Park - impressive collection of original uniforms and military paraphernalia from World War I to present. Veteran tour guides give visitors a look into the life of the soldiers who wore the uniforms on display.
  132. White County Historical Museum - the White County History Museum is located in the old courthouse on the Cleveland square and is home to White County Historical Society. The building was completed by a local contractor using local labor and handmade bricks in 1859.
  133. Wildman's Store Confederate End Timeconfederate pride burns white hot in Wildman's Civil War Surplus. Run by octogenarian Dent "Wildman" Myers, it's been a fixture in downtown Kennesaw since it opened in 1971. Some townspeople can't wait for it to go away; others hope Dent never leaves.
  134. World War II Flight Training Museum - interprets the story of men and women who volunteered to fly and fight in the world's greatest airborne conflict.
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