Booth Western Art Museum

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Cost: Adults, $10; Age 13-17, $7; Age 12 and under, Free

Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm

Location: Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120

Kelly’s Comments: I had never heard of this museum until a couple of years ago, so the kids and I headed up to Cartersville last summer and were very pleasantly surprised. The museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian, and it’s in a architecturally-pleasing building that’s not too big or overwhelming, but not so small that everyone is done in half an hour. Kids will enjoy the Western, cowhand, and Native American art themes. The best part, though, is the kids’ Sagebrush Ranch, located on the bottom floor. The rugrats can ride a “stagecoach,” sit atop a (fake) horse, dress up in Western gear, play kitchen in the Chuckwagon, and generally have a great time running around/yippie-ki-yaying without bothering the adult museum patrons on the floors above.


The Art Place

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Cost: Varies; Summer art camp for ages 4-9 is $90 for residents (a steal!) or $115 for non-Cobb residents. There’s a variety of other classes for toddlers to teens.

Times: School year: Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 5 pm. Summer: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Location: The Art Place, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066.

Kelly’s Comments: I’ve taken my daughter to summer art camp two years in a row. Each year, the camp is based on a theme, and the pieces the children create reflect the central idea. Classes are well-staffed (I believe last year, there were 2 teachers and about 12-14 students, but don’t quote me on that one.) Elementary camps last from 9:00-12:30, and each day the children also have recess and snack time. I’ve also used The Art Place for its “My First Theatre Camp” experience and was pleased with it. I’m a big supporter of the Parks & Recreation Department! Cobb has a lot to offer its residents!