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Hands-On for Kids - Escape the Gallery: DIY Game Design

  • Museum of Design Atlanta 1315 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309 USA (map)
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Ages 8-12

Be more than just a player! Join MODA as we take on game design and create our own adventure, strategy games within the museum.

Based on the popularity of traditional escape rooms in which players must solve a series of puzzles to unveil a secret plot within a room, participants will be challenged to design an in-exhibition puzzle game in which players will be tasked to open a lockbox using hints from content within MODA’s galleries. Before prototyping, participants will investigate the gallery that they will be designing in. They will understand what design constraints exist, and brainstorm what forms of logic and what types of puzzles would best be suited for their game. Working collaboratively with others, participants will prototype their game using materials from MODA’s Design Cart, like pipe cleaners, paper, tape, etc. At the end of the workshop, we will test the game inside of the exhibition, and discuss what worked and didn’t.

Skills learned:

  • The important role design plays within physical, adventure games

  • Designer mindsets and skills, such as resilience and rapid prototyping

  • Puzzle-making that involves strategy and logic

  • How to test their games and consider further iterations


$30 for MODA Members/ $35 for Non-Members

Please note member discounts apply only to MODA Sustaining Membership levels beginning at $8/month or $96/year and above. For more information about memberships or to join, visit or contact

Meet Your Instructor

Blair Banks, Education Coordinator

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Blair strives to combine her studies of race and ethnicity with design in order to create programming for children that is not only relevant to their experiences, but also presents them with ideas that originate beyond their backyards. She crafts unique field trip experiences that support and reinforce classroom learning through hands on activities, and tours of MODA's rotating exhibitions. Blair also heads up MODA's Education Partnerships – a series of meaningful collaborative efforts between MODA and various schools and organizations that strive to incorporate design as a problem solving tool for addressing 21st century challenges.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least 7 days prior to the event start to receive a refund of the ticket cost minus a $10 processing fee per camp. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than 7 days prior to the event start. Refunds are not available if you fail to notify us or attend the event.

MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If MODA cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.

Exemption Notice

This program is not licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and is not required to be licensed. Bright from the Start does not regulate or routinely inspect this program. For additional information, go to or call 404.657.5562.