Most people know about Imagine It!, Atlanta's downtown children's museum. But don't overlook INK - the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. INK is a non-profit, hands-on children's museum located in Gainesville, GA. It's a great place to take kids, from toddlers to elementary schoolers.
Exhibits and Attractions
INK is set up like a small town. Children move from room to room, playing, acting, and participating in exhibits like a grocery store, a diner, a dentist's office, and a classroom. Most of the exhibits have tools and fixtures from real stores and businesses, such as a scale and wheelchair in the doctor's office and a working ATM that dispenses play money at the bank. The best exhibits are the ones sponsored by actual businesses; they are the most realistic and interactive.
A major element in children's imaginative play is acting out scenarios they see every day, from posting letters to ordering food at a restaurant. INK indulges this creative impulse.
INK has some other great exhibits as well: a firetruck from the early 1900's; a police car from the 1980's; and a small plane from the 1950's. Children can climb into all of these vehicles. There is also a large play structure, a toddler room, a dress-up area, and a paint-your-own-pottery place.
Hours of Operation
INK's hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. On Sundays they are open from 1-5 p.m.
Admission is $8 for adults and $8 for children. On Sundays, the price is $6. Membership and birthday party packages are available.
Good to Know
INK is located in a warehouse in Gainesville, very close to 985. When you get there, you might think you are in the wrong place, but look for the signs with the inkblot. You can't bring food into the museum itself, but there is a lunchroom where you can leave food near the entrance. Don't go to INK expecting a brand-new, gleaming, kids' venue - it's well-loved and well-used. But your kids will have so much fun that they won't notice.