From hands-on activities to reenactments, make the most of these new exhibits – solve puzzles, become eco-aware, learn about poisons and see history in a whole new way.
Through May 3. Mon-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This hands-on science exhibit will sharpen your problem-solving skills with 20 different challenges that range from mathematical conundrums to mind boggling block puzzles. 100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville. 770-606-5700. Adults, $14; ages 3-17, $10; ages 2 and younger, free. tellusmuseum.org
David J. Sencer CDC Museum
Through June 19. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours to 7 p.m. Thurs.
Through art and science this exhibition brings the problem of floating garbage in the five major ocean currents into perspective. 1600 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-639-0830. Free. cdc.gov/museum
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center
Through April 30. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Visitors will connect the stories of American history to their own experiences by learning about the lives of five historical children and their families. Each historical character will have its own distinct environment based on the time period and location in which he or she lived. Replicas of artifacts, home settings and traditional dress will make children and families feel like they are stepping into another time and place. 2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford. 770-904-3500. Adults, $10.50; ages 3-12, $6.50; ages 2 and younger, free. gwinnettehc.org
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Feb. 7-May 3. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m.
From the pages of fairytales to the journals of modern medicine, this exhibit uncovers the secrets of poison through the use of interactives, models, multimedia and live animals. 767 Clifton Rd., Atlanta. 404-929-6300. Adults $18; ages 3-12, $16; 2 and younger, free. fernbankmuseum.org
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Feb.7-May 3. Mon.-Fri. (closed Wed.) 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Kids can take the Super Kids pledge to take care of the world at this traveling exhibit designed with “green” materials to teach children the importance of practicing eco-friendly habits in the community. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., Atlanta. 404-659-5437. Admission, $12.75; younger than 1, free. childrensmuseumatlanta.org
– Hayley Markowitz