Children's and Family Programs

Throughout time and across cultures, human beings have taken elements from the earth and created works of art. Many of these materials and techniques are still used by artists today. Programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum provide opportunities for children to learn from artists of the ancient world in the galleries and from some of Atlanta’s best practicing artists in the studio.

Support for educational programs at the Michael C. Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare & Margaret C. Clare Foundation, an anonymous donor, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, the Christian and Frances Humann Foundation, Clara M. and John S. O'Shea, and PNC Bank.

Family Events

Registration for Spring Break Art Camp and Camp Carlos is now open!

Please fill out the Camp Carlos 2018 Registration Form and contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 to make the payment. Registration for Camp Carlos is not confirmed until payment has been received.

Camp sessions are $205 per week for Carlos members; $245 per week for nonmembers. Camp Carlos offers a 10% discount to families registering siblings. Aftercare is available Monday through Friday from 3 PM to 5 PM for an additional $60 per week. The teen camp is from 10 AM to 4 PM, with no aftercare. 

Spring Break Art Camp: The Ramayana from Ayodhya to Atlanta
April 2-6 for 7-12 year olds
From intense battle scenes to tender moments of brotherhood, the Indian paintings in the exhibition “Tell the Whole Story from Beginning to End” illustrate the depth and complexity of the centuries-old epic the Ramayana. Teaching artist Gauri Misra-Deshpande will lead an exploration of Ramayana traditions, including modern interpretations, from different provinces of India and abroad, through art, food, and performances. Campers will also venture out to the Center for Puppetry Arts to see the exhibit Indian Puppets: The Great Stories and Dancing Dolls before heading to a Hindu temple here in Atlanta for a Ramayana storytelling experience.


How the Griffin Got His Groove
June 4-8 for 7-9 year olds
June 11-15 for 10-12 year olds
Griffins, half lion and half eagle, fiercely guarded their hordes of gold. A winged horse named Pegasus battled the Chimaera, a monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. Sirens with their dangerous song, were said to have the head of a woman and the body of a bird. The Greek and Roman collections of the Carlos Museum abound with images of these and other mythical creatures. Artist Ana Vizurraga will lead children on an exploration of these fantastic beasts, searching for how these Greek myths came to be and how they live on in the modern worlds of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. Children will invent their own fanciful creature and create a model of it to display in the Camp Carlos Mythical Animals Exhibition at the end of the week.
Ancient Games
June 18-22 for 7-9 year olds
June 25-29 for 10-12 year olds
Many of our favorite board and strategy games have been around for hundreds, even thousands of years, like Mancala from Ethiopia and Pachisi from India. Sports, too, often have ancient roots, from the first Olympic games in ancient Greece to the Native American game of lacrosse. Remnants from these ancient games can be found across the collections, from the howler monkey court marker from the Maya ball game to Hounds and Jackals game pieces from Egypt and from images of Achilles and Ajax setting aside their armor to play a game of dice to the chunkee stone, used in a hoop and stick game by the ancestors of the Southeastern native peoples. Children will make and reenact these ancient games in a week long “investigation” of play!
Teen Camp: Art and Archaeology from Georgia’s Mound Builders
July 9-13 for 13-18 year olds
For the first time in history, there will be actual camping during the teen camp! The new installation in the Native North American gallery features objects such as carved seashell gorgets, pottery incised with spirals, and stone weights from an atlatl, an ancient spear thrower created right here in Georgia during the Mississippian Period from 900-1600 AD. Teens will experiment with these indigenous art forms and materials before heading to Etowah Indian Mounds to explore the most intact Mississippian culture archaeological site in the Southeast. Spending the night camping at Red Top Mountain State Park and a kayaking trip on the Etowah River will give teens a glimpse of what life may have been like in this complex society of the past.
Holy Cats!
July 16-20 for 7-9 year olds
July 23-27 for 10-12 year olds
The ancient Egyptians kept cats as pets and valued their dual nature. They could be both affectionate and aggressive, protective and destructive. Lions and other wild cats were associated with the royal and the divine, and were both feared and admired. Using clay, jewelry-making, metal-tooling, and storytelling, children will explore these feline symbols of Egyptian duality in the exhibition Divine Feline: Cats in Ancient Egypt with artist Cathy Amos. Sketching the jaguars found in the Art of Americas galleries and the lions in the Greek and South Asian collections, children will compare Egyptian feline images with other big cats in the Carlos. Children will also look at images of canines in the exhibition, from beloved pets to scavenging jackals like Anubis, the god of mummification, because every dog has its day!

Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation and the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund.

Artful Stories at the Museum
When ancient art, great stories, and inquisitive children are brought together, something exciting happens and young imaginations flourish! This program is for children three-to-five years old accompanied by a parent or other adult. Once a month on select Saturdays, children will be able to sit in the galleries surrounded by works of art and hear stories of ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. After the story, children and their companions will move to the Tate Room to create works of art or participate in activities based on the story and the cultures represented in the Carlos.

The Artful Stories program is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank and the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.
Children's Workshops
Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or avuley@emory.eduFee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members.

Support for workshops for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation.

Teen Programs
Family Concerts
The Carlos Museum offers an exciting series of chamber music concerts for children and families performed by The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and special guest artists. Family concerts are a wonderful way to introduce children of all ages to chamber music in the intimate space of the Carlos Museum's Reception Hall. Concerts last for approximately one hour. Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum are made possible through the generous financial support of the Christian Humann Foundation. 
For Families: Explore the Egyptian, Greek, and South Asian Collections at the Carlos with Our Family Guides!
The Carlos is pleased to announce a new addition to the family guides series. The new Egyptian family guide, with eleven die-cut  cards of animal mummies, painted coffins, and more, joins existing family guides to the Greek and South Asian collections. Featuring images of objects in the collection, lively text, and quotes from ancient sources, these collectable guides make exploring the galleries fun for children as they search for the featured objects and discover more about them.

The guides are available at no charge at the Reception Desk on Level One.
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