Five Different Things to Do In Atlanta for Families

Things to do in Atlanta with Kids

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.

Charles at spelman

Spelman College Community Day

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.

INK Collage

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.

GG Collage2

Play Tag

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.

Laser Tag Collage The Details 01

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.

Starlight

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.

Comments

  1. says

    I’ve actually never been to Georgia at all but my husband suggested we move there next here so I may get to see Atlanta pretty soon if we go to scope out homes!

  2. says

    Thanks for the list. I stay in Atlanta and really enjoy site seeing with my daughters out here. My daughters have gone to INK with their school and they loved it there. I was thinking about going back someday with them.

    We stay in Gwinnett County and their Spring Break is the second week of April.

  3. says

    I went to Atlanta last year for my first time, for a conference! It was such a great experience. I’d love to share that with my family one day.

  4. says

    I have never heard of Glow Galaxy, but it looks like a great place to spend an afternoon. My son would love to have his party there, he’s addicted to bounce houses!!

  5. says

    I heard that Atlanta is really a great place and your blog just confirms it. 🙂 Thanks for your suggestions. I think those recommendations are doable and would like to try them when I get to Atlanta.

  6. says

    These all look like so much fun! We go to the drive in with our toddlers all the time! It is cheaper, they can be noisy without bothering anyone, and you get to see two movies!

  7. says

    My youngest has never seen a drive-in movie (because we moved up north before he was born). He’d love that, and I’d love the shopping. Atlanta’s got some great outlets!

  8. Ashley M says

    The INK Museum looks amazing – my daughter and I go to our local children’s museum often and love it but it’s tiny compared to this monstrosity.

  9. says

    Okay that little place where they can get jobs is too awesome. There is so much to do in Atlanta, I really need to go back with my kids.

  10. says

    So many fun things to do in Atlanta! I haven’t been since the Summer Olympics back in ’96, and I loved the city when I visited. Well, last year spring break we drove through on our way to and from Myrtle Beach, but we didn’t get to spend any time there. But… I did realize that from Nashville it is only about a 3 hours drive, so I have been considering making a trip for some time. I already have plans for Chattanooga next week, maybe we will swing on over while we are there. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  11. says

    I would love to take a trip to Atlanta, sounds like there is a lot to do there for the whole family. I’ve only been to Atlanta for a plane switch over, while traveling.

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