Southern Museum Welcomes Spring with Week of the Young Child and the Big Shanty Festival | Southern Museum

Kennesaw, GA, April 8, 2011 – Aside from the blooming flowers and warmer weather, you know spring has arrived in Kennesaw when it’s time for Week of the Young Child and the Big Shanty Festival. Week of the Young Child, a celebration of early childhood development, takes place April 12-16 and will feature special pricing and activities for children under eight. Regular programs like Mommy & Me and Make It & Take It workshops will incorporate themes relevant to Week of the Young Child. The highly anticipated Big Shanty Festival will be held in the streets of downtown Kennesaw April 16-17. During the festival, the Museum will hold an encampment featuring both Union and Confederate soldiers. Don’t miss these family events at the Museum!  Last but not least, see the General locomotive from an entirely new vantage point!

Scheduled in April:

Week of the Young Child
April 12-16

Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The celebration was first established in 1971 and was designed to recognize that early childhood years (birth through age eight) are crucial in laying a solid foundation for children’s success in school and later life.

In celebration of the Week of the Young Child, the Southern Museum is offering free/reduced admission for families with young children eight and under. The first child under the age of eight will be admitted free; additional children in the same family will be admitted for only $2.25!  These prices are valid April 12-16 ONLY and are for individual admissions only – no groups, please. In addition, special children’s activities are planned for April 12-16 and will be offered hourly from 10 AM to 4 PM daily (unless otherwise noted below).

April 12 – Train Tales
April 13 – Music & Movement
April 14 – Mommy & Me (10 AM to 11 AM only)
April 15 – Creation Station
April 16 – Make It & Take It Workshop (10 AM to 11:30 AM only)

For more information contact the Education Department at 770.427.2117, ext 3173 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Encampment During Big Shanty Festival
April 16-17

The annual Big Shanty Festival features over 200 arts and crafts booths, amazing food and drink, two entertainment stages, and children’s activities. Admission is free to the public. To commemorate the Big Shanty Festival, the 125th Ohio Infantry, the 2nd Georgia Sharpshooters and the Stephens Light Artillery will provide a living history Civil War encampment on the front lawn of the Southern Museum during the festival. Musket demonstrations will be performed at the top of every hour (timing may be subject to change). Free. For more information, call 770.427.2117 ext 3180 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Mommy & Me

Designed for pre-school age children ages 3-5 years old and their caregivers, the Museum’s history, themes and exhibits provide a fun and exciting starting point for educational activities.

April 14 • 10 AM
Down By the Station
Discover some of the sights in a busy town.

April 21 • 10 AM
I LOVE Trains!
Big trains, small trains, fast trains, slow – I LOVE trains!

April 28 • 10 AM
A Child’s Day
Learn about life in the old days.

Mommy & Me events are held every Thursday at 10 AM. The programs are free with Museum admission. For more information contact the Education Department at 770.427.2117, ext 3173 or email hidden; JavaScript is required">email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Make It & Take It Weekend Workshops

Students age six and up will love this opportunity to participate in hands-on activities with a historical basis and take their creations with them. Make It & Take It workshops are held on Saturdays from 10 AM to noon. Materials are provided and the workshops are free with Museum admission.

April 16 • 10 AM
“Stained Glass” Art
Create art in the Tiffany style.

For more information contact the Education Department at 770.427.2117, ext 3173 or email hidden; JavaScript is required. Free with Museum admission.

General Overlook Now Open!

For the first time, visitors of the Museum can view the General locomotive from the balcony in the viewing room. From this new vantage point, you get a spectacular view of the control room and water tank. Be sure to check it out on your next visit!

About The Southern Museum

A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History ( features collections of rare Civil War weapons, uniforms, and other personal items; an exciting exhibit about the Great Locomotive Chase, including the General locomotive; and a full-scale replica of a locomotive factory that helped rebuild the South after the war. The Jolley Education Center features a variety of hands-on exhibits to inspire a love of learning in children.

The Southern Museum is located 20 miles north of Atlanta, off I-75 at exit 273. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, $5.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children three and under. For more information, visit our website at or call us at 770.427.2117.


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