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'Flight of the Butterflies' soars at Fernbank

'Flight of the Butterflies' soars at Fernbank

ATLANTA -- A breathtaking new IMAX film will take off at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in January.

Flight of the Butterflies will begin its Fernbank run on Friday, Jan. 4.

The movie chronicles the life and work of Dr. Fred Urquhart, who dedicated his career to tracing the extraordinary migratory path of the monarch butterfly.

"It's remarkable how such a small insect can migrate up to 3,000 miles to a place it has never seen. Just as amazing is Dr. Urquhart's lifelong work to shed light on a scientific mystery by discovering the over-wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly," Fernbank biologist Becky Facer said in a statement.

Flight of the Butterflies shows the evolution of a monarch, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly, through MRI and micro CT scans.

The film travels to monarch sanctuaries in Mexico for stunning IMAX-worthy footage of hundreds of millions of butterflies.

Olympic swimmer to visit Egleston

Olympic swimmer to visit Egleston

ATLANTA -- Four-time Olympic medalist Kaitlin Sandeno has joined forces with the Jessie Rees Foundation to spread holiday cheer to the young patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Sandeno will be at the DeKalb County children's hospital from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. She will help distribute Holiday JoyJars to kids fighting cancer.

Holiday JoyJars are the brainchild of Erik Rees, CEO of the Jessie Rees Foundation. Rees' daughter Jessie founded the charity before passing away from brain cancer in January. Each JoyJar contains up to 20 new, age-appropriate toys.

"Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston provides courageous kids with cancer with groundbreaking care and healing," Rees said in a statement. "They embody Jessie's motto, 'Never Ever Give Up,' and we are honored to distribute Holiday JoyJars with Kaitlin there."

UPS and Anthem Blue Cross of California are sponsoring Rees and Sandeno's visit to the hospital.

Fernbank to ring in holidays with Caroling & Cookies Weekend

Fernbank to ring in holidays with Caroling & Cookies Weekend

ATLANTA -- Fernbank Museum of Natural History has planned a holiday extravaganza to get patrons in the Christmas spirit.

In addition to covering its building in decorations that represent cultures across the world, the DeKalb County children's museum will host a Caroling & Cookies Weekend event.

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The fun begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 with plenty of family-friendly activities like ornament making, snowflake rubbings, train rides and a cookie sale.

Entertainment includes performances from the Buckhead Girls Choir at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., a holiday medley from the Georgia Boy Choir at 11:30 a.m., Nutcracker-inspired pieces from the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education at 1 p.m., and music from the Pope High School Chamber Music Society at 2 p.m.

Science comes alive at Fernbank Museum during Science at Hand Day

Science comes alive at Fernbank Museum during Science at Hand Day

ATLANTA -- For 20 years, Fernbank Museum of Natural History has provided exhibitions, films and programming that reveal the unique and interesting ways that science can be fun. The Museum continues its celebration of the fantastic world of science during Science at Hand Day, featuring a variety of engaging activities and opportunities to interact with scientists.

Science at Hand Day will be held on Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. This is a unique opportunity to meet scientists, learn about what they do, discover how they got there, and experience what it’s like to be a scientist by taking part in real experiments and fun activities as you explore different scientific fields.

Science at Hand Day activities include*:

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Northlake Mall introduces Simon Kidgits Club to Atlanta's smallest shoppers

Northlake Mall introduces Simon Kidgits Club to Atlanta's smallest shoppers

ATLANTA -- Northlake Mall shoppers now have a great new way of connecting kids to their community in fun and educational ways with the launch of the property’s Simon Kidgits Club on July 28. Simon Kidgits Club is a membership club that opens up a world of fun and discovery for children ages 2-10.  Northlake Mall is now part of a network of more than 100 Simon malls nationwide that have launched the Simon Kidgits Club program as a way of creating fun and educational experiences at the mall that children and their parents can enjoy together.

To launch the new club and introduce the fun of Simon Kidgits to neighbors and their families, Northlake Mall is hosting a Kidgits Launch Party on July 28 from 2-4 p.m. in Center Court. Join for an afternoon of fun including face painting, cupcake decorating, crafts, game and lots of prizes!

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Protect Your Kids and Pets from Summer Heat

Summer in the south is officially here! With rising temperatures, it is important to take steps to protect those around us who might be vulnerable to the heat, like our children and pets.

Did you know that we lose heat by sweating? Water literally evaporates into the atmosphere and sucks the heat out of our bodies. Children produce even more heat than adults. This is because they have more body surface for their height. Children are also closer to the ground – and to hot pavement. They can easily become dehydrated or overheated.

Here are some tips to keep your children and pets safe in the heat.