One of our favorite places to visit in Atlanta is the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
With dinosaur skeletons, rotating exhibits, interactive activities, WildWoods at Fernbank Forest, and a fabulous indoor play area — my kids just cannot get enough!
This fall, Fernbank has a lot of great activities going on, in addition to a lot of great safety protocols to keep all visitors healthy and safe.
Right now, Fernbank is limiting capacity, and requiring online, timed reservations. Masks are required for those ages 2 and up.
If you ask us, there’s never a bad time to visit Fernbank, but a visit this fall should definitely be on your to-do list!
Fernbank’s Giant Screen Theater
Their Giant Screen Theater just reopened on October 3, and will be open (for now) only on weekends and major holidays.
Here, you’ll find special 25-minute movies on a 4-story tall screen! This fall, they’re showing amazing science-based documentaries in a two-dimensional format (no 3D glasses for now).
Films will be shown with reduced capacity, enhanced cleaning between shows, and physically distanced seating.
Amazing Animals: Built to Survive
On View October 3, 2020 – January 3, 2021
This exhibit is full of fun, interactive activities so you and your kids can learn all about the marvels of natural engineering! Learn all about how animals have been built to survive, and how humans can draw inspiration from them.
Amazing Animals: Built to Survive includes a replica of Sue, the most complete T-rex ever discovered.
My kids loved trying different sized “bird wings” so see if they could get their chair to spin. So fun!
There were so many amazing animals to learn about, and so much to do! We loved it.
Let the adventure begin!
NatureQuest is an awesome indoor play area that turns kids into adventurers!
In NatureQuest, kids will find lots of hands-on experiences — there is so much to see and do! I could write a whole article about how amazing NatureQuest is, but suffice it to say — it’s a place your kids will love.
My kids’ favorite is shining the flashlights at the “bats” and hearing them squeak, running around the “treehouse,” and finding the fossils hidden in the walls!
Make sure to visit the real baby alligators and turtles while you’re there!
With the amazing fall weather we’ve been having, there’s no better time than now to visit the Woodland Spirits in WildWoods at Fernbank Forest.
Woodland Spirits features a variety of ghostly figures imagined by Fernbank and transformed by Laura Lewis, an Atlanta artist. It is so amazing to see the figures as you’re walking through the forest. It’s spooky — in a good way!
Fernbank has also given everything in WildWoods a spooky upgrade! You’ll find a Monster Garden, Harvest Stories, and the Adventure Outpost is now…Haunted Outpost!
All of the outdoor activities feature Halloween decor, and my kids were huge fans. They loved everything about it, and we spent a ton of time outside, making sure we didn’t miss any of it!
Supernatural Science Fest
Join Fernbank Forest for Halloween fun, all month long!
In October, Fernbank is hosting a Supernatural Science Fest — which includes fun, Halloween-themed activities for every age group.
For all ages, the Woodland Spirits and Ghostly Gatherings are great choices. As we already talked about, a stroll through Fernbank Forest with the Woodland Spirits is a great way to get into the season.
Ghostly Gatherings is a special event where you can enjoy the Woodland Spirits during twilight hours, with Halloween-themed activities. Dates: October 17, 24
For little ones, Bugs, Bats, and Bones on October 10 or Creepy Crawlies on October 31 are awesome choices. Both events will feature fun Halloween activities for kids.
Fernbank also offers an adults-only Halloween event — Fright Night — on October 30. There will be a costume contest and more.
Disclosure: Thank you to Fernbank Museum for hosting us. Opinions here are our own, as always.