When our permanent attractions like Zoo Atlanta, the Georgia Aquarium, the High Museum, and Fernbank are so awesome (and plentiful), it’s easy to lose track of the temporary exhibits that roll into town. But this fall, you and your kids can check out a wind tube, walk among African animals (virtually), and get spooked out among ghostly sculptures in Fernbank’s WildWoods. Keep reading for the scoop on these fun temporary exhibits around town, and more, below.


Find colossal candyfloss constructions and nibble your way through Candyland at this sprawling sanctuary of confectionery bliss. You'll be transported to an imaginative wonderland with a one-of-a-kind sensory experience at this interactive art installation that celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of your favorite sugarcoated delights. You'll experience a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami—all perfectly Instagrammable.

3330 Piedmont Rd. NE
Online: candytopia.com

Mother Goose at Center for Puppetry Arts

In this brilliant puppet show, Mother Goose is missing, but you can help find her with some assistance from your favorite nursery rhyme characters. Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep, Jack & Jill and all the other citizens of Rhymeville need help to look for clues to Mother Goose’s whereabouts. Bright colors, fun original music, familiar stories engage children in a creative experience that supports learning and social development. The whole family is invited to clap and sing along.

$22/ non-member and $18/ member; Includes performance, museum, and puppet workshop.
Runs August 18-September 26.

1404 Spring St. NW at 18th
Online: puppet.org

photo: Children's Museum of Atlanta

Rube Goldberg at Children's Museum of Atlanta

Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! showcases Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg™’s iconic contraptions, imaginative illustrations, and humorous storytelling, celebrating his skills as both an artist and inventor. Inspired by Rube’s original illustrations and inventive storytelling, this exhibit contains a collection of new 3D, life-size machines and hands-on, interactive components that connect Rube’s iconic cartoon contraptions to the way things work in the physical world. These experiences provide insight into the legacy of Rube and how classic engineering principles can be re-imagined as entry points for deeper exploration of STEAM concepts for 21st-century learning.

Included with admission.
Runs from September 18-January 2, 2022.

275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW
Online: childrensmuseumatlanta.org


photo: Georgia Aquarium

Sharks! at Georgia Aquarium

While this exhibit won't be temporary, it is new. And for such an immense addition to the Aquarium, many have yet to hear about it (thanks, Covid). Years in the making, ‘SHARKS! Predators of the Deep’, is one of the largest shark exhibits anywhere in the world. Featuring many unique elements and state-of-the-art technology, guests are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience with one of nature’s most formidable apex predators. Sharks are featured in the 20-foot-deep, 185-foot-long exhibit and can be spotted in the floor-to-ceiling acrylic windows. Thousands of pilchard fish also shimmer and school throughout the 1.2 million gallons of saltwater amongst the sharks. The exhibit also accompanies an entirely new main entrance to the Aquarium.

Included with general admission.
Permanent—but new—gallery.

225 Baker St.
Online: georgiaaquarium.org


Outside the Lines at The High

Outside the Lines is an immersive maze of accessible, sensory environments by award-winning design and research practice Bryony Roberts Studio. It is its seventh site-specific installation on The Woodruff Arts Center’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. The installation aimed to create a space that is engaging for all, providing an environment that is accessible and playful for those with physical, developmental, and/or intellectual disabilities, supporting discovery and social connection. It is made up of a gently curving steel structure that supports thousands of hanging strands along the rise and fall of the frame. These strands form both small enclosures for quiet relaxation and open environments for social interaction. Best of all? It's entirely free.

Through November 28.

1280 Peachtree St NE
Online: high.org

WILD at Illuminarium

The Illuminarium is a two-room safari experience that transports you to Africa and puts you face-to-face with it's most exotic animals, thanks to a 4K laser projection, audio beams that create an unique and precise sound experience, in-floor haptics that create ground-shaking and reverberations, and even scent. You don't have to wear any hardware at all to have a perfectly unique journey through the WILDs of Africa.

From $35/ adult and $30/ child.
Runs through the end of 2021, and is to be followed by a SPACEWALK experience.

550 Somerset Terrace NE
Old Fourth Ward
Online: illuminarium.com


Woodland Spirits at Fernbank's WildWoods

Take a walk on the supernatural side with Fernbank’s annual Halloween exhibit, Woodland Spirits. From ghostly figures peeking from the shadows to monstrously kooky sculptures, Halloween fans of all ages will find something to scream (in delight) about. Encounter a variety of “spirits,” a haunted outpost, monster garden and more throughout 10 acres of trees, trails and shadows in Fernbank's WildWoods , featuring the work of Atlanta artist, Laura Lewis.

Cost: Included with general admission and CityPASS. Members FREE.
On view September 18 – November 7, 2021

767 Clifton Rd.
Druid Hills
Online: fernbankmuseum.org


—Shelley Massey



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