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Old 12-11-2014, 09:30 AM
 
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We are looking for a venue that offers a real live planetarium or setup for kids interested in astronomy. Please do not mention the Fernbank Science Center associated with DeKalb County schools. That's just basically a wall display and a telescope at 9pm. We are looking for some place with actual exhibits showing the planets, black holes, telescopes, the real deal. Something hands on, or at least with actual exhibits - like a real museum. Does Atlanta offer that? I have a kid interested in the solar system and astronomy generally but haven't found any places in Atlanta to take him. Is there anything like the Adler Planetarium (Chicago) here in the metro or even an hour to 90 minutes drive from the metro?
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:37 AM
 
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Observatory | Tellus Museum in Cartersville, GeorgiaTellus Museum in Cartersville, Georgia

Does a nice program.
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:51 AM
 
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GPC at Dunwoody does something, though I am not sure what.

http://depts.gpc.edu/~dunpslb/Telesc...copestatus.htm

Also, the nature centers (like Dunwoody and Chattahoochee) often have one off programs with astronomers. Give them a call and ask.
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:52 AM
 
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Agnes Scott does fantastic community nights at their planetarium and have one of the largest telescopes in the southeast and kids get to look through it. Usually have an actual scientist give a community talk beforehand on his/her area of research.
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:51 PM
 
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Fernbank
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:10 PM
 
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If I'm not mistaken, Fernbank has offered actual class room work in astronomy which to me is the "real deal". And planetarium classes & programs are what the big circular room in the museum building that sits next door to the telescope building is utilized for, frankly. Have you ever been into that planetarium room?
Also, have you ever spoken w/ staff there about their offerings? You might find that you have misjudged their capabilities for kids.
I used to also enjoy the Agnes Scott astronomy offerings but I don't know if they have programs open to the public anymore.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:23 PM
 
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Look up CEISMC at Georgia Tech. I know they have highly rated summer programs for aerospace engineering type stuff. They might be able to point you in the direction of other programs as well during different times of the year, or other programs offered at GT with a focus on space.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:14 PM
 
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Yes to all your quesrions including talking to staffx which told me they don't ever have the exhibits, etc like a real museum.... Furthermore, the classes are for Dekalb county school field trips.
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If I'm not mistaken, Fernbank has offered actual class room work in astronomy which to me is the "real deal". And planetarium classes & programs are what the big circular room in the museum building that sits next door to the telescope building is utilized for, frankly. Have you ever been into that planetarium room?
Also, have you ever spoken w/ staff there about their offerings? You might find that you have misjudged their capabilities for kids.
I used to also enjoy the Agnes Scott astronomy offerings but I don't know if they have programs open to the public anymore.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:18 PM
 
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Thanks everyone!
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:52 PM
 
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If you ever get to NYC with the kids, take them to the Rose Planeterium at the Museum of Natural History. About the best space program you'll find.
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