Next week is Spring Break here in Atlanta and my family is very excited. The kindergartner is looking forward to watching tv during the week (normally a big NO!) and I have to admit I’m looking forward to sleeping in! We’re traveling the first part of the week however I did just start to think about what are some things we can do the other days? Never fear, here is my list of five different things to do with children here in Atlanta. I hope they help you out with your planning as well.
Take a College Tour
It’s really early to go on a college tour but they’re great places to spend a day exploring. The Atlanta area is home to almost 40 colleges/universities. They have some hidden gems in their programs and museums, plenty of green space for my boys to run/play and the inspiration from some cool big kids (i.e. college students) can only help them get started on the right track. One example is my alma mater, Spelman College’s Museum of Fine Arts which always has programs for families.
Get a Job
Just a short ride from Atlanta in Gainsville, GA is one of the most creative museums, I’ve visited, the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) Museum. INK is a warehouse built into a kid-sized neighborhood complete with a home, grocery store, bank, school, airport, courtroom, vet’s office, restaurant, beauty shop and more! What makes it so great is that everything is real (there’s even a life size two-seater airplane) but has been adapted to make it safe for kids. Look here for a post I shared before.
Glow Out in the Dark
Just outside Atlanta is home to an indoor play center named Glow Galaxy. Glow Galaxy is a glow in the dark play center that says it’s fun for the whole family and it really is! There is a sports court for playing soccer/basketball, two inflatables, a mini golf court and more. The entire play center is lit by black light so you glow as soon as you walk in the door and all the activities are included in one entrance price.
My family was invited to visit the newest Stars & Stripes located in Sandy Springs, GA. This location is not your usual bowling alley and definitely an entertainment experience. It’s a bowling alley, arcade and our family favorite, Laser Tag. We loved being able to play Laser Tag and it was fun for the whole family (even the baby!). The backpacks are actually really light and the room is not completely dark but just dark enough to add a little “danger” to the game. BONUS: One reason we’re making a visit back is that they offer special pricing during the week.
See a Movie
While the Starlight Drive-In on Moreland Avenue isn’t really a secret to Atlanta, most people don’t think of it as a child friendly place. It is so child-friendly! Every movie is actually a double header of two for the price of one. The movies begin at dusk (8 or 9 pm depending on the time of year). When there is a child-friendly movie playing, it’s usually paired with a PG/PG13 movie so the children get to see the first movie and hopefully, fall asleep so parents can watch the second one in peace. To help make sure that happens, there are several grassy areas that children can play on before the show starts. The entrance price is only $10 for adults, $3 for children 3 – 10 and you can bring in your own food. That makes it a very family friendly price for entertainment as well.
These are my family’s recommendations for different things to do in Atlanta. I hope you enjoy them! Let me know what your family loves to do. We’re always looking for something different.