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

Tenth Anniversary of Mummies and Milkshakes!

Friday, October 30, 6–9:30 pm 
Reception Hall, Level Three

The Carlos Museum and Jake’s Ice Cream present the 10th annual Mummies and Milkshakes. Visit animal and human mummies in the Egyptian galleries, choose your favorite 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.

Come in your Halloween costume! Milkshakes for sale beginning at 6:30 pm, cartoons at 7 pm, film begins at 7:45 pm. 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. Space is limited. Registration is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519 or 

Abenaki Storytelling and Musical Event with Joseph Bruchac

Sunday, December 6, 2 pm 
Reception Hall, Level Three

Joseph Bruchac is coming to the Carlos Museum! Bruchac is a prolific writer with many beautiful children’s books to his credit, including The First Strawberries and Between Earth and Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places. His critically acclaimed, best-selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his Keepers series integrates science and folklore. Bruchac is also a Native North American scholar, collector of myths and legends, preserver of Abenaki culture, poet, musician, educator, and perhaps most of all, extraordinary storyteller. He will spend a Sunday afternoon with families sharing his stories and traditional Abenaki songs and instruments. The Carlos Museum Bookshop will be offering a variety of Bruchac’s books for sale at the event. 

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.

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.


Artful Stories: Storm Boy
Saturday, October 17, 10 am
Exhibition Galleries, Level Three

Children will experience a journey beneath the sea with a Haida prince in Owen Paul Lewis’ beautiful picture book, Storm Boy, before exploring the animal-form clappers and rattles made by the people of the Pacific Northwest in the exhibition Indigenous Beauty. Children will then create orca collages inspired by Haida imagery. 


Artful Stories: Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend 
Saturday, November 7, 10 am 
Exhibition Galleries, Level Three

Children will learn about the pictographic art of the Plains peoples in Tasunka, written and illustrated in the ledger art style by Donald F. Montileaux (Lakota). Children will compare Joseph No Two Horn’s thunderbird shield, made with hide and natural pigments, to a ledger art drawing by Swift Dog (Lakota) of Joseph No Two Horns riding his horse and carrying the same shield. Children will then make their own pictorial shields. 

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


Children’s Workshop: Eastern Woodland Fire Pouches and Shoulder Bags
Sunday, October 18, 2–4 pm 
Tate Room, Plaza Level

Children will compare the motifs and styles of the fire pouches and shoulder bags of the Anishinaabe, Seminole, and Muscogee as they evolved from being crafted exclusively with locally available materials to utilizing glass beads, wool, silk ribbon, and silver ornaments acquired in trade with Europeans. Children will create their own bags and bead their origi- nal designs with artist Marie DeGeorge. Ages 9 to 12

Children’s Workshop: Tlingit Animal Totems
Sunday, October 25, 2–4 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level

Stylized but recognizable crest creatures show clan membership, a vital aspect of many Northwest Coast cultures. Children will explore the crest animals on Tlingit and Tsimshian objects in the special exhibition as well as images of interior house posts and freestanding poles carved with clan-specific animals. Children will then create their own paper “totems” using animals that represent themselves and their families with artist, Ande Cook. Ages 6 to 8.

Children’s Workshop: Rhonda Holy Bear’s Regalia
Sunday, November 8, 2–4 pm
Tate Room, Plaza Level

Rhonda Holy Bear (Lakota) is one of the most important Plains artists working today. Children will examine Maternal Journey, Holy Bear’s sculpture of an Absáalooke woman, her children, and her horses—all adorned with intricately crafted regalia—and then collaborate on a drawing to illustrate their observations. Ages 6–8

Children’s Workshop: Yup’ik Masks
Sunday, November 22, 2–4 pm 
Tate Room, Plaza Level

Arctic peoples of coastal Alaska share the belief that there are many types of people—human people, animal people, and other-than-human people—mysterious beings represented in the beautiful composite masks and dance ornaments they made. Teaching artist Pam Beagle-Daresta will lead children on an exploration of these objects and their special meaning to the Yup’ik and Alutiiq people of the North before making their own mask in the studio. Ages 9 to 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.
Teen Programs

Teen Art Workshop: Haida Manga and Formline Design
Friday, October 23, 6–8 pm 
Foyer, Level Three

Teens will discover the ancient origins and 19th-century refinements of the formline aesthetic of the Pacific Northwest featured in the special exhibition Indigenous Beauty. This art form continues to evolve in the work of contemporary sculptors like Preston Singletary (Tlingit) and graphic artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Haida), the creator of the new genre “Haida Manga.” Artist Joseph R. Wheeler III will instruct teens in the “Haida Manga” style. Ages 13 to 17


Carlos Reads YA! Wabanaki Blues
Friday, November 13, 6 pm
Exhibition Galleries, Level Three

The 2015 novel Wabanaki Blues by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel (Mohegan) is hard to classify; the labels “rise to fame,” “murder mystery,” “suspense,” and “romance” are accurate but insufficient. The story’s protagonist, Mona Lisa LaPierre, is a teenage Mohegan/ Abenaki/French-Canadian blues musician whose professor parents force her to spend a summer away from her urban Hartford, Connecticut home in the remote New Hampshire woods. There, with her quirky grandfather and a fellow musician/love interest, Del, she begins to unravel two big mysteries: The significance of some family secrets involving bears; and the unsolved murder of a girl who once attended her Hartford high school and who turns out to have some New Hampshire ties of her own. Dr. Mandy Suhr-Sytsma, lecturer in the English Department at Emory, will lead a discussion of this page turner of a book and the contemporary Native American communities of New England that it represents. Fee includes cost of the book. Ages 13 to 17.

Fee for Teen'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 educational programs 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.

Jurassic Music!
Sunday, October 4, 4 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Dinosaur music including T. Rex and the Raptors for French horns and other musical animals are featured in this fun prehistoric concert.

Santa's Favorite Chamber Music
Sunday, December 13, 4 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

We welcome back Old Saint Nick himslef to introduce some of his favorite classical works and give treats to good listeners.

Babar the Elephant
Sunday, January 31, 4 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Jean de Brunhoff's classic tale set to beautiful solo piano music by Francis Poulenc, performed by pianist Elena Cholakova and narrated by the legendary voice of classical radio in Atlanta, Lois Reitzes.  Bring your own book and follow along!

Pajama Concert
Friday, February 26, 7:30 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Enjoy great music with some hot chocolate and marshmellows on a cold winter evening, and if you like, wear your pajamas and bring a pillow!

Atlanta's Young Artists
Sunday, April 10, 4 pm
Reception Hall, Level Three

Some of the area's finest pre-college musicians perform on this exciting annual showcase of what talent abd hard work can produce.

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

Camp Carlos

Camp Carlos 2015 was a summer full of explorations and art-making!  Children created sand paintings, medicine bags, clay effigy pots and more in conjunction with the special exhibition Spider Woman to Horned Serpent: Creation and Creativity in Native North American Art.  They explored the cultural contact between the ancient worlds of Egypt and Greece as related to the Rick Riordan short story The Staff of Serapis, a cross-over from the Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles series.  Children created a collaborative comic book based on the Indian epic, The Ramayana.  They were actors, pencilers, inkers, and colorists, as well as art historians, examing the eighteenth century Indian miniatures of the Ramayana in the Carlos Museum collection.  Teens created sculptures in wax and then turned them into bronze sculptures using the ancient lost wax casting technique with the artists at Inferno Art Foundry. 

Registration for Camp Carlos 2016 will open January 15 for Carlos Museum members and on February 1 for non-members.  For more information please contact Alyson Vuley at 404-727-0519 or 

Camp Carlos 2015 was made possible in part by a generous gift from Panton Capital Holdings. Additional sponsorship 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 Greek and South Asian Collections at the Carlos with Our 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.
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