I’m a huge fan of the family programs at the Atlanta History Center, y’all. One of the first programs we ever went to was the Sheep to Shawl event in 2014. My family has been coming back for their fun family events ever since!
The Atlanta History Center has a campus that includes so many great features. Inside the history center are great temporary and permanent exhibits that my kids enjoy. Outside, families can explore the quarry garden, the Smith Family Farm and the Swan House.
During the annual Sheep to Shawl event on April 8th from 10:30am – 4:30pm, the cloth making process is demonstrated. Kids can watch sheep being sheared, wool being dyed and the final product being woven into cloth! Surrounding the 1860’s Smith Family Farm will also be period demonstrations such as open-hearth cooking and blacksmithing.
One of the things I love about this event is that there are plenty of hands-on activities for the kids. Each of my kids has gotten to hand-dip their own candles as well as make clay pinch-pots. They can ask questions of the volunteers doing the demonstrations and see first hand what life on a farm was like mid-19th century.
New this year is a spot dedicated just for kids in a lot near the Swan House! There you’ll find a petting zoo, a trackless train and carnival games.
Atlanta History Center Members can enjoy donuts and crafts from 9:00 – 10:30 before the doors open to non-members; you can RSVP online. Sheep to Shawl is a free event for members and is included in the admission price for non-members. For more information, visit the Sheep to Shawl page on the Atlanta History Center website.