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, Panton Capital Holdings, an anonymous donor, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, the Christian and Frances Humann Foundation, Clara M. and John S. O'Shea, and PNC Bank.

Special Family Events

World Myths and Folktales: Book Sale and Storytelling

Saturday, April 30, 10-3 pm 

Reception Hall, Level Three

Celebrate stories from around the world! Shop the distinctive selection of children’s books from the Carlos Museum Bookshop, featuring hundreds of both new releases and special bargain-priced books of children’s folktales and mythology. 



10 AM: Ghanaian storyteller Griselda Lartey


11:30 AM: Spanish/English stories with Alyson Vuley


1 PM: Vicky Speaks! Hear author and Carlos Museum docent Vicky Alvear Shecter read from her book Anubis Speaks! and talk about finding inspiration in the ancient world.


This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free on the weekends.

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

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.

Artful Stories for Families will begin again in September. Please check back in July for the fall programs.

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

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

Childrens Workshop: Stupas: Mind and Cosmos

Sunday, April 24, 2-4 pm, Tate Room, Plaza Level
A stupa, or chorten in Tibetan, represents both the Buddha’s mind and the cosmos. Artist Pam Beagle-Daresta will lead children on an exploration of the stupas in the Tibetan Shrine and of sacred monumental stupas in India and Tibet before making their own stupas. For ages 9-12. 

Fee for Children's Workshops: $15 for Carlos Museum members; $20 for non-members. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or

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

The 2016-2017 Family Concert Series will begin in the fall of 2016. Please check back for the complete program in July. 

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

Camp Carlos

At the Threshold: Shrines in World Cultures

Monday-Friday, June 6-10 for 7-9 year olds
Monday-Friday, June 13-17 for 10-12 year olds
Children will join artist Ana Vizurraga for an exploration of the concept of shrines in world cultures through the museum’s collections — from the shrines of the river goddess Mami Wata in Nigeria, to the false doors and tomb chapels of ancient Egypt, to the special exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection. Children will create their own personal shrines using objects both found and constructed.


Thangkas and Taras
Monday-Friday, June 20-24 for 7-9 year olds
Monday-Friday, June 27 - July 1 for 10-12 year olds
In conjunction with the special exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World: The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection, children will learn about representations of Buddhist deities from Tibet including wrathful deities and Green and White Taras. Illustrator and artist Ande Cook will lead children on an exploration of traditional thangka painting techniques that have been practiced since the seventh century.


Teen Camp Carlos: Tibetan Woodcarving
Monday-Friday, July 11-15, 10 am to 4 pm for 13-17 years olds
Tibetan woodcarver Yama Phuntsok will share his talents with teenagers in this year’s Teen Camp Carlos.  Teens will investigate the 3-dimensional works in the special exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World, and take a trip to the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Brookhaven to view the masterfully carved altar there, and then carve their own sculptures out of wood.  
Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Ancient Greece

Monday-Friday, July 18-22 for 7-9 year olds THIS CAMP IS FULL.
Monday-Friday, July 25-29 for 10-12 year olds THIS CAMP IS FULL.
Children will delve into the Greek myths depicted on ancient painted vessels in the Greek galleries and in the modern retellings of Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series with artist Pam Beagle-Daresta.  Children will create their own versions of the Percy Jackson stories in cut paper, painted vases, and other media. 

Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Camp sessions are $185 per week ‚Ä®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. The teen camp session is from 10 am to 4 pm, with no aftercare. 

Registration for Camp Carlos 2016 is now open to Carlos Museum members and will open on February 1 for non-members.  To register your child, please DOWNLOAD the Camp Carlos 2016 Registration Form and email to Ana Vizurraga at, then call 404-727-4280 to make the payment OR mail the Registration form and a check made payable to the Michael C. Carlos Museum to the Carlos Museum, Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322. Your child's place in Camp Carlos is not secured until you have received confirmation of registration and receipt of payment.  

For more information please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or 

Support for educational programs for children and families at the Carlos Museum comes from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation, the Marguerite Colville Ingram Fund, and Clara M. and John S. O'Shea.

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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