‘Frogs – A Chorus of Colors’

The Georgia Aquarium has 15 species of frog friends hopping and swimming around a 3,000-square-foot habitat complete with rocky ledges and waterfalls. Since opening earlier this year, the traveling show “Frogs – A Chorus of Colors,” has given us another reason to visit the downtown aquarium. Parents and kids alike have battled big crowds to get a glimpse of the likes of the long-nosed horned frog and amazingly bright and colorful poisonous dart frogs.

“Frogs” boasts many interactive ways to learn about these diverse amphibians, their biology and evolution, and the important roles they play in the ecosystem. The frog species, from various parts of the world, occupy separate habitats that suit their environmental needs. Through games, quizzes and videos, kids will leave this fascinating exhibit inspired and informed.
After a short wait in line to see the dozens of unusual frogs on a recent and busy Saturday afternoon, we came upon a sea of interested families. Kids’ eyes seemed to bulge as big as the amphibians they were observing – nose to nose. These are some seriously cool and strange-looking frogs. Not your typical garden critters! One of the highlights of this exhibit: Visitors can listen in on frog calls that were recorded in the wild. 
Omar Welch of Acworth brought his daughters, ages 5 and 7, to the Georgia Aquarium when it happened to be “Princess Day” (kids won free admission if they dressed as a favorite princess). Welch told us that both he and his girls were “blown away by the number, size and colors of the frogs.” Bonus for this dad: “The exhibit really got my kids focused on science again.”
“Frogs” is meant to bring awareness of declining frog populations in many parts of the world. “Frogs are indicator species that serve as sentinels for overall environmental health,” says Dr. Timothy Mullican, vice president of zoological operations at the Georgia Aquarium. “With the worldwide population of frogs declining at unprecedented rates, it is vital that we introduce our guests to some more unique members of the frog family while building awareness of the crisis that threatens this species’ existence.” 
In addition to “Frogs,” the “Dolphin Tales” live show remains as popular as ever. Upon arriving at the aquarium, be sure to secure your reservation if you didn’t already do it online. A separate ticket is needed for the dolphin entertainment, but the cost is included in the overall admission fee.
Be sure to catch “Frogs – A Chorus of Colors” before it leaps away from Atlanta in January 2013. 

– Kate Wallace

 

If You Go

Frogs – A Chorus of Colors
The Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St., Atlanta; 404-581-4000
Hours: Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. See georgiaaquarium.org for “Dolphin Tales” show schedule and more information.
Cost: Combo ticket price varies, depending on date of visit and show availability ($29.95 or $34.95 for adults, $23.95 or $28.95 for children 3-11, free to kids younger than 3); includes admission to the full aquarium, traveling exhibit (such as “Frogs”), 3D show and “Dolphin Tales.”