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, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.

Mummies and Milkshakes SOLD OUT
Friday, October 24
6 to 9:30 pm, Levels One and Three
Mummies and Milkshakes

The Carlos Museum and Jake's Ice Cream present the 9th annual Mummies and Milkshakes. Visit animal and human mummies in the Egyptian galleries, choose your favorite Jake's Ice Cream flavor for a milkshake, and watch funny vintage mummy cartoons and the hilarious Three Stooges short, We Want Our Mummy, followed by Abbot and Costello Meet the Mummy. Milkshakes for sale beginning at 6:30 pm, cartoons at 7 pm, film begins at 7:45 pm.

Come in your Halloween costume!  Docents will be in the Egyptian galleries from 6:30 to 7:30 pm to tour families and answer questions.

Free for Carlos Museum members; $5 for non-members.  Milkshakes sold separately.
RSVP required by Wednesday, October 22 by calling 404.727.0519.

This event has been filled. 

Workshops for Children

The Office of Educational Programs offers innovative and engaging workshops in which children and their families explore the collections and exhibitions at the Museum. Through in-gallery experiences and art projects, children learn about the arts and cultures of the world.

Sunday, September 14
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Egyptian Hieroglyphs Workshop for Children
Egyptologist Annie Shanley will show children how to read and write ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. In the galleries, children will decode hieroglyphs on coffins, tomb reliefs, and statues before learning the hieroglyphic alphabet and how to write their names in glyphs. Due to the popularity of our sold-out Egyptian Hieroglyphs workshop in the spring, this workshop is being offered again for children ages 8 to 12 years.

Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519 or emailing

Sunday, October 12
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
Creation of the Maize People Workshop for Children
In the sacred book of the Maya, the Popol Vuh, the Creator said, “We will make people out of maize.” Children will discover the importance of maize in Maya culture through objects in the Art of the Americas Galleries and in the story The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads. Then they will grind dried corn on a metate and form, cook, and eat tortillas with atole, a sweet maize and cinnamon drink.

For ages 6 to 9 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or emailing

Sunday, November 2
1-5 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
The Maize God and the Hero Twins Workshop for Children
Through illustrations on cylindrical vessels (used by the Maya for chocolate!) and Maya hieroglyphs in the Art of the Americas Galleries, assistant curator Laura Wingfield will introduce children to some of the heroes of the sacred creation book of the Maya, the Popol Vuh. Explore the maize god and the demi-god twins, Ixb’alanke with jaguar patches on his skin and Hunahpu, covered in moles shaped like the moon! Children will create a storytelling cylindrical vessel with ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga.

For ages 10 to 12 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or emailing

Sunday, November 16
2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
AVATARS: the Manifestations of Vishnu Workshop for Children
Vishnu, Hindu god of preservation, appears on Earth in different forms in times of strife and disorder in the world. Children will investigate images and stories of the ten forms of Vishnu in the Asian gallery and then create their own avatar, representing their power and responsibility to make the world a better place, with teaching artist Pam Beagle-Daresta.

For ages 8 to 12 years. Fee: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or emailing


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. For dates and times for specific concerts, please visit the Museum's online calendar of events.

Sunday, October 26
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Babar the Elephant
Jean de Brunhoff's classic tale set to beautiful solo piano music by Poulenc, performed by pianist Elena Cholakova and narrated by the legendary voice of classical radio in Atlanta, Lois Reitzes.

Sunday, December 14
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Santa's Favorite Chamber Music
We welcome back Old Saint Nick himself to introduce some of his favorite classical works and give treats to good listeners.

Friday, January 30
7:30 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Pajama Concert - Music of the Night Sky
Enjoy great music with some hot chocolate on a cold winter evening and, if you like, wear your pajamas and bring a pillow!

Sunday, March 22
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Atlanta's Young Artists
Some of the area's finest pre-college musicians perform on this exciting annual showcase of what talent and hard work can produce.

Sunday, April 12
4 pm, Reception Hall, Level Three
Beethoven in Blue Jeans
Come hear and meet the master himself! Ludwig van B. comments on his life and music as the Vega String Quartet and pianist William Ransom perform a variety of music from Bach to the present.

All Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta concerts are free of charge and open to the public.

Seating is limited and is first come, first serve.

Family Concerts at the Carlos Museum are made possible through the generous financial support of the Christian Humann Foundation.

Subscribe to Our Children's and Family Programs Email List
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' collections.

For ages 3 to 5 years and accompanying adults. These programs are free but a reservation is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519.

Watákame’s Journey:
The Story of the Great Flood and the New World

Saturday, August 23,
10 am, Art of the Americas Galleries, Level One
Children will hear Watákame’s Journey, the creation story of the Wixárika, amidst the bright colors and bold designs of the yarn paintings, beaded objects, prayer bowls and expressive masks in the special exhibition Grandfather Sun, Grandmother Moon: Wixárika Arts of Modern West Mexico. Children will create their own small yarn paintings inspired by both the story and the art.
Noah's Ark
Saturday, September 13

10 am, Works on Paper Gallery, Level One
Noah’s Ark by Jerry Pinkney, a Caldecott Honor Book, illustrates the biblical story of Noah and the great good. Children will hear this retelling of Noah’s story surrounded by images from the special exhibition God Spoke the Earth: Stories of Genesis in Prints and Drawings. After looking and listening, children will experiment with making original monoprints.

The Popol Vuh
Saturday, October 11

10 am, Art of the Americas Galleries, Level One
How many tries will it take for the Maker and Feathered Serpent to make humans who will give praise and bring offerings of food? Learn the answer in a story from the Popol Vuh, the sacred Maya book of creation, followed by an exploration of Maya art in the Art of the Americas Galleries. Celebrate the creation of the corn people by making and eating traditional Maya food: corn tortillas!

Manu’s Ark: India’s Tale of the Great Flood
Saturday, November 15
10 am, Asian Gallery, Level One
Sitting before an eleventh-century sculpture of Vishnu on the Cosmic Ocean in the Asian Gallery, children will hear a story about Vishnu’s first form or avatar, Matsya the Fish, in Manu’s Ark: India’s Tale of the Great Flood, beautifully retold and illustrated by Emma V. Moore. Children will use rubber stamps that represent characters from the story and ink in the vibrant colors of India to depict Manu’s reward for his kindness.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from PNC Bank.

Camp Carlos 2015

The Michael C. Carlos Museum celebrates twenty-two years of providing exceptional summer programs in which children and teenagers explore the human impulse to create works of art. Camp Carlos offers participants imaginative and innovative opportunities to explore the ways in which people throughout time and across cultures have created works of art.

All sessions of camp include studio activities with some of Atlanta's best practicing visual artists, and visits to the Carlos Museum galleries, where campers learn from artists of the ancient world.

Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Aftercare is available from 3 to 5 pm. Camp sessions are $185 per week for Carlos Museum members; $225 per week for non-members. Camp Carlos offers a 10% discount to families registering siblings. Aftercare is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm for an additional $60 per week. For more information please call 404.727.0519.

Informtion about Camp Carlos 2015 will be available in January, 2015. 
For Families: Explore the Greek and South Asian Collections at the Carlos with Our New Family Guides!
Thanks to the generosity of the Ceres Foundation and to the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Carlos is pleased to offer family guides to our Greek and South Asian collections.  Featuring die-cut 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.