Family Fun: Sensory friendly film and free museum days

I wanted to share with you guys a couple of good family fun opportunities coming up this weekend and next weekend.

I got a note that  Bank of America and Merrill Lynch are offering free museum passes to their debit/and or credit cardholders (representing one out of every two households nationwide). The free museum weekends start this Saturday and Sunday and will run all year long the first full weekend of each month.

To qualify for Museums on Us, customers present their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution.

In Georgia, the participating museums include:


Atlanta History Center

High Museum of Art


Booth Western Art Museum

Tellus Science Museum


Telfair Museums – NEW

Also wanted to let you guys know that Feb. 12, AMC Theatres and the Autism Society are hosting another Sensory Friendly Film. This time it will be “Gnomeo & Juliet.”

From the Autism Society press release:


Gnomeo & Juliet
Saturday, February 12
10 a.m.


AMC Discover Mills 18, 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Ste. 415, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30043
AMC Phipps Plaza 14, 3500 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30326
AMC Southlake 24, 7065 Mount Zion Cir., Morrow, Ga. 30260

A list and map of participating theatres is available at This nationwide event has 131 theatres in 62 markets across the United States and has recently expanded to Canada.


An estimated 30 million people in the world have an autism spectrum disorder, 1.5 million in America alone. In America, 1 in every 110 children has an autism spectrum disorder.

These families face challenges of care, support, education, financial hardship and medical and health care issues that make autism a national public health issue, costing the U.S. economy $60 billion a year. Though there is no cure, autism is treatable and individuals with autism have tremendous potential.”

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February 2nd, 2011
12:47 pm

Tellus is a great place. Highly reccomend it.


February 2nd, 2011
12:56 pm

Is the family free or just the person that has the card? For example, my husband’s name is on the card… he free and do me and my daughter have to pay?


February 2nd, 2011
1:02 pm

I highly recommend families purchase memberships to their favorite museum or two. Typically, that gives you free admission for a year, discounts at the gift shop, notice of special events, lowered rates on special events/camps, etc. Also, if you become a member of a science or children’s museum, they are often participants in the ASTC and/or ACM travel programs, which give you free admission to hundreds of other participating museums when you’re on the go. Please note, though, these are programs meant to be used only as you travel and have distance restrictions, so don’t purchase a membership at one place thinking you’ll be able to use it at a participating museum on the other side of town. The address on your ID also has to be within a certain distance of the museum where you purchase the membership to use the travel benefit.


February 2nd, 2011
2:39 pm

Yes -I second jarvis’s recommendation of Tellus! It’s awesome! I took my boys in 2009 when they were not quite 1 and 3. I thought we would be there 2 hours max, and I finally had to gather them to leave after 4 hours! There’s a lot for kids and adults -it’s a very interesting place. We’ll be taking advantage of this, because we missed going last year and I’ve really been wanting to take them back and take my husband as well.

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February 2nd, 2011
2:55 pm

Ditto what jarvis and JATL said..Took the kids last year to Night at Museum with intentions of staying about 2 hrs. and stayed 4…We didn’t even get out of the door good before the kids were wanting to know when were we coming back…We will have to visit the Telfair when the kids get spring break…

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February 2nd, 2011
4:44 pm

The freebie is only for the person whose name is on the bank card. We used the BofA deal at the Atlanta History Center once and my husband and I got in free and we paid for our son. But I had a coupon for a few dollars off his admission, so it cost very little for the 3 of us. We’re planning on driving up to Cartersville this weekend to visit the Tellus Museum since we’ve never been.

And I fully agree about joining local cultural/educational/arts institutions if you’re able. You can save a bundle often just by visiting a particular place 2-3 times in a year, and many of them (like Fernbank) offer reciprocal deals with other similar centers in North America. We’ve used our Fernbank membership to get free admission to several other science centers around the country.

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February 3rd, 2011
6:37 am

Wait a minute, taking kids to a museum? Doing this will interrupt their American Idol and celebrity culture indoctrination. The horror to think that these poor kids would be exposed to learning something worthwile and interesting. I am cancelling any relationship that I have with BOA before the boy learns of this and expects to go and hang out with geeky smart people. It is scary to think that he might even want to go and could ask actual questions that I would have to alter my day to answer. I just don’t have time for it, and the exposure could interrupt his quest to become popular, hip-hop savy, and celebrity wise. I’ll buy him another video game system, and maybe he won’t notice.

B. Willingham

February 3rd, 2011
9:20 am

We won’t be supporting such politically-correct entertainment venues, thanks anyway.


February 3rd, 2011
10:50 am

Let God will be done thru this blog


February 3rd, 2011
11:04 am

@HB and A -absolutely -here’s another recommendation for purchasing memberships to some local museums and cultural attractions. Depending on the age of your child or children, you can really save by having memberships to the zoo, Imagine It Children’s museum, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Fernbank and the Aquarium. Often if you check, just going twice a year means you get a deal by purchasing a membership.

B. Willingham -are you joking? I guess one could take exception with some of the ways history may be presented at the Atlanta History Center (although nothing is really coming to mind right now), but how are other museums mentioned “politically correct”? Most of them consciously strive to present their material and attractions in a very non-partisan, non-offensive way to ANYONE because they really want your admission fees and memberships!

B. Willingham

February 3rd, 2011
2:43 pm

I don’t want to raise a bunch of sissies.

Any venue where children are encouraged to run wild and have to be “shielded” from “sensory stimuli” is not any way to prepare kids for survival in the real world (away from mommy’s teat).

Oh well, have fun if you go.

Even Steven

February 3rd, 2011
3:38 pm

Wow, a free family event! No need to use those his & her accounts!


February 3rd, 2011
3:55 pm

@B Willingham -you need to read the article before you post answers. The museums aren’t ONLY for kids with sensory disorders or autism -they’re for everyone -but the special film showings are for kids who DO have those issues. Kind of sad if you to think that kids with sensory integration disorders and autism are “sissies.” Trust me -they aren’t, and neither are their parents!

I’ve been to all of the listed museums above except the Telfair in Savannah, and children are NOT encouraged or allowed to “run wild” and they’re certainly not shielded from sensory stimuli -that’s one of the biggest reasons you take them. The only places where kids are encouraged to run wild (but also bombarded with sensory stimuli) is the Imagine It Children’s Museum downtown -and given its name, you should know what you’re dealing with going into it.

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February 3rd, 2011
4:53 pm

@B. Willingham is a troll.


February 3rd, 2011
8:51 pm

I agree with everything you say!

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