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Ahoy, matey! Nov. 6-7, 2010 is Pirate Weekend at Fernbank Museum

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It may be cool outside this weekend, but lower temperatures are no match for adventure-seekers on the hunt for interesting and educational treasure at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s second annual Pirate Weekend.

Fernbank is located at 767 Clifton Road, NE in Atlanta.

Its exhibit, “Water: H20= Life” provides a fitting backdrop for the specially-themed event, and why not? Water is something no pirate takes for granted.

After learning from the exhibit how water touches all areas of life, no one else should, either.

The “Water” exhibit has interactive features, impressive recreations of natural scenery, and an abundance of information. Learn more about the exhibit here.

Fernbank urges kids -- or "mateys and lasses," to don their best pirate wear – “to avoid walking the plank,” of course.

Hours for the Pirate Weekend are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 6 and noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Here’s what you have to look forward to:

  • Recycled Craft Corner. Little pirates get to make their own swords and hats out of newsprint.
  • Pirate Name Generator. Get your rightful pirate name at this activity.
  • Temporary Tattoos. Please note: The line closes at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, so get there early to get your special mark.
  • Limbo Contest. You might want to do plenty of stretches before showing off your flexibility and agility, mates.
  • Dem Bones. Put together the puzzle of pirate bones.
  • “Fool’s Gold.” How good is your eye for the real thing?
  • Museum Scavenger Hunt. See who can provide the right answers to Museum questions and gets the treasure -- it might be you!

Fernbank says Pirate Weekend activities and the "Water" exhibition are included with museum admission and free for members. Museum admission is $15 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, and $12 for children ages 12 and under. For tickets call 404.929.6400 or visit




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