Mommy & Me Preschool Programs


Mommy & Me Preschool Program

Join us each Thursday from 10:00 am-12:30 pm for Mommy & Me! This is a program designed for children aged 3-5 and their caregivers. Discover and explore the world around us through play! Create, experiment, investigate, and learn together. Each week has a new theme, and lots of fun new activities to play with.

View the Upcoming Events Calendar for Mommy & Me and other Museum Programs.

Starting August 3, we will have NEW class times!

  • July classes are at 10:00 am and 11:30 am.
  • Classes in August will be at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm.

This is a DROP IN program. Feel free to arrive any time and stay as long as you like. This program has two components: Discovery Tables (hands-on activity stations), and mini-classes.

Discovery Table activities will be located in the Jolley Education Center for the entire program time. Feel free to jump in and play as long as you like. We recommend giving your family at least 30 minutes to play before clean-up at 12:30.

Mini-classes are scheduled at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm and last 20-30 minutes. Each class includes storytime and fun guided activities designed for children and caregivers to do together. Each class is the same, so just pick one!

Caregivers, you play a critical role in your child’s learning! Please participate WITH your child. Help them play, learn, and grow!

For more information, contact the Early Childhood Educator at or 770-427-2117 ext. 3173. Follow our Early Education page on Facebook for news and updates.

Mommy & Me Program

Time: Thursdays, 10:00 am-12:30 pm (drop in anytime, but leave at least 30 minutes to play!)
Mini-classes are scheduled for 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm

Admission: Mommy & Me is included with general admission, and free for members!
Includes admission to the museum

Ages: 3-5-year-olds and their caregivers
Older and younger siblings are welcome to attend, with assistance from an adult.

*If you are planning on bringing a group of 10 or more, please contact us ahead of time for planning purposes! *

Mommy & Me FAQ’s

1. Tell me a little more about the program.

Mommy & Me is designed for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers- moms, dads, grandparents, and other adults. Above all, this program is focused on making learning fun and exciting! Each day has a new topic or theme and combines hands-on activities, storytime, songs, games, crafts, imagination, and creativity.

Hands-on activity stations called “Discovery Tables” will be located in the Jolley Education Center for the duration of the program. These activities are designed for caretakers and children to do together. You’ll find art activities, math, literacy, science, and free play opportunities. Feel free to stay as long as you wish.

Additionally, each day will feature 3 mini-classes. These 20-30 minute classes will feature storytime and fun guided activities for caretakers and children to do together. Each class will be the same, so you only need to attend one!

Caregivers are asked to stay and actively play with their children! We believe that caregivers are a child’s first teacher, and your participation is vital to the success of this program. Adults with younger children are encouraged to be more involved- this helps the child transition into a classroom setting with less stress, and helps the other children have a great experience with fewer distractions.

2. What do you mean by “drop in” program?

Since this is a “drop in” program, you are welcome to arrive any time between 10 am and 12:30 pm, and leave when your family is finished. We recommend at least 30 minutes at the Discovery Tables, and another 30 minutes if you join a class.

3. Do I drop off my kids, or stay with them?

Caregivers must stay with their children at all times. Children learn the most from the adults in their lives, and this program is no exception. Each program features activities that the child and their caregiver do together. The educators give tips and tools to make this a positive experience for everyone- adults and children. Adults are expected to play an active role in this experience.

Adults with younger children are encouraged to be more involved during the class- this helps the child transition into a classroom setting with less stress, and helps the other children have a great experience with fewer distractions.

4. What if I arrive late or need to leave early?

You can arrive whenever you wish, and jump right into the Discovery Tables in the Jolley! If you wish to attend a mini-class at 10, 11, or 12, we ask that you arrive on time (or a bit early), or wait until the next class starts. The classes are only 20-30 minutes long, so if you jump in 10 minutes late you’ve already missed half the class! If you or your child needs to leave the class early, you are welcome to do so.

5. How much does the program cost?

Mommy & Me is included with general admission. Adults are $7.50, seniors are $6.50, children 4-12 are $5.50, and children 3 and under are free. Admission is always free for members!

We suggest frequent attendees purchase a membership. Not only will this save you money in the long run, membership is a great way to support the Southern Museum and to stay informed about other events and programs! View more information about membership

6. Is this program free with my membership?

Yes it is! A membership might be a good fit for your family if you plan to attend multiple programs.

7. Do I need to make a reservation?

Nope! No reservations are required. You will check in at the admissions desk when you arrive.

8. What’s going on in this program educationally?

We focus on diverse early learning skills, including science, math, language, literacy, social/emotional skills, and fine/large motor skills. Different learning styles and preferences are embraced and highlighted in each class. We publish each week's learning objectives, and educators are always on-hand to answer specific questions.

As a non-traditional learning institution, the Southern Museum embraces a learning style that focuses on play-based learning, and encourages curiosity, exploration, asking questions, and solving problems. Sometimes the things we ask the kids to do are challenging! These challenges are designed to build confidence and encourage a love for learning. We work to support children as they learn and grow through new challenges.

The classroom portions of this program are a good way to introduce your child to school-readiness skills. To continue learning about the week’s topic, check out our Facebook page for additional activities to do at home.

9. Is there a place to eat lunch in the museum?

We ask that you do not consume food or drinks in the museum. There are picnic tables located at Depot Park, just across the street.

10. Can I stay and explore the museum after the program?

Of course! Your admission is good for all day.

11. I belong to a mom group and we would all like to attend. Is that ok?

Of course! If you are planning on arriving with more than 10 adults and children, please give us a heads up. Send an email to the Early Childhood Educator at .

12. I have a 2-year-old and I would like to try the program. Is that ok?

The activities and classes are designed for the developmental level of 3-5-year-olds. However, younger children are always welcome. You will probably need to give your child a little more assistance, and they may not stay as long as the older students.

13. Can I bring older or younger siblings?

Sure! Just keep in mind that the activities and classes are designed for the developmental level of 3-5-year-olds. You will probably need to give your younger children a little more assistance, and older children may not be as interested in the activities. Older children sometimes are great helpers with the younger ones!

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