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SPOTLIGHT ON SPRING ARTS: Traveling exhibit makes a pit stop in Atlanta

Photo: Jason Koerner Children's Museum of Atlanta opens "Weebles Coast to Coast" exhibit June 2. The traveling exhibit takes attendees through all 50 states for an educational experience.

Photo: Jason Koerner Children's Museum of Atlanta opens "Weebles Coast to Coast" exhibit June 2. The traveling exhibit takes attendees through all 50 states for an educational experience.

IF YOU GO

• What: “Weebles Coast to Coast”

• When: The exhibit opens June 8 and runs through Sept. 8, times vary

• Where: The Children’s Museum, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Atlanta

• Cost: $12 to $16

• For more information: Visit www.childrensmuse...>

ATLANTA -- With summer around the corner, plans for a vacation could be in the horizon. But if you'd rather plan a stay-cation and still show your children the wonders of the 50 states, Children's Museum of Atlanta is opening a new exhibit just in time.

On June 8, the traveling exhibit called "Weebles Coast to Coast" opens to the public. It is an educational adventure developed by Betty Brinn Children's Museum of Wisconsin in collaboration with Hasbro, a toy and game company.

"We're excited to feature 'Weebles Coast to Coast' for the next four months," said Jane Turner, executive director at Children's Museum. "The interactive exhibit is an effective educational tool that combines learning, exploring and playing to engage and entertain the whole family."

In the exhibit, visitors can "travel" throughout the country, exploring geography, history and culture. Hands-on activities teach young ones about the different regions' sports, music, historical events, places and people.

Children have a chance to play pretend throughout the nation. They can power a riverboat down the Mississippi, hit a home run at Fenway Park in Boston, build the St. Louis Gateway Arch, ride a mule into the Grand Canyon and snorkel in Hawaii, just to name a few.

Parents can also help plan "trips" with their kids on a U.S. map and touch-screen kiosk. The families can stop by national landmarks and tourist destinations with state facts of the West, Mountain, Southwest, Midwest, Southwest and Northeast regions. Stops include the seaside, mountains, forest and desert locations.

For the bookworm in the family, this exhibit has a designated reading area dedicated to U.S. geography, history and travel.

On Sept. 8, "Weebles" will depart on a five-year tour to other children's museums and science centers across the nation.

The 2,500-square-foot exhibit is designed for children ages 4-10.