Five FREE Things to Do in Atlanta With Kids This Summer

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I can’t believe it’s almost May already. School will be out in just a few weeks and that has me looking for fun things we can do over the summer. We have lots of travel planned, a few weeks of camp and then….I was drawing a blank until I created this list. Because we have some larger expenses with the travel, I’m zeroing in on free/low cost and here are the things I’ve found.


Strike the Lanes – Kids Bowl Free

Stars and Strikes helped me get started with my summer planning because they have their Kids Bowl Free program already open for sign up. The program begins April 14 and runs through August 29 with sign up anytime during the promotion. Free games can be redeemed Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturdays 9 a.m. – noon. Only children age 15 and under qualify, adult rate applies to all other bowlers. Once registered, you receive an email voucher every Sunday from Stars and Strikes. Participants then redeem the voucher at their selected bowling location to validate their membership and enjoy free bowling games.

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Burn Some Money – Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank Tour

We’re going to take a tour of the Atlanta Monetary Museum at the Atlanta Federal Reserve. I have never been there but I think this has to be a great supplement to the kindergartner’s learning about money in school and the lessons we’ve been trying to teach him. I’m going to gather a group of friends so we can do a group tour (10+ people) but if you’re alone they offer a self-guided tour as well.

I’m looking forward to seeing “a display on the history of money” and “a look inside our cash-processing operations, where millions of dollars are counted, sorted, or shredded daily. You’ll also get a glimpse into the bank’s automated vault and see the robotic transports that do the heavy lifting.”


Evening Under the Stars – Atlantic Station Movie Nights

Atlantic Station has just announced their summer line up of movies under the stars and they have a few of our favorites, including a Frozen sing-along on June 5! We are so there. I’m going to invite a group of friends to join us and because it’s summer, we can hang out late and sleep in the next morning.


Visiting the Gold Dome – Georgia State Capitol Tour

The Georgia State Capitol offers daily guided tours as well as resources for self-guided tours and fun things like scavenger hunts! I used to work in the shadow of the Capitol and I’ve been inside many times so I think it’ll be a great place to continue our discussion of rules and how everybody has to follow rules; just they’re called laws for adults.  What better place to see how laws are made than the state chambers.


Catch Your Lunch – Chattahoochee River Kids Fishing Days

The Chattahoochee River flows near our home and we drive over in on a regular basis so I figure we might as well explore it! There are several different types of programs but I’m most interested in the fishing day. For only the $3 parking fee, the park staff will “provide fishing poles made of river cane with a cork bobber and a hook on the end of the line waiting to be baited”. I grew up fishing so this is something I can’t wait to share with my boys, especially since it’s free!

So what are you planning to do with your family this summer? Please let me know; I need some more ideas!


  1. says

    These are great ideas. The movie night sounds like fun. We live just a couple of hours from Atl and will definitely going up for braves games this summer. I’ll have to keep these in mind as well. 🙂

    • KendraKendra says

      I was going to add in the Braves as well but it’s not free, just cheap. Have you considered joining their Kids Club? It might be worth it depending on how many times you plan to come. Here’s the info for it:

  2. says

    Great ideas – I was actually planning on taking my kids to the capitol building, too! You can also tour the Governor’s mansion in Buckhead for free!

    • KendraKendra says

      Thanks for the heads up on the Governor’s Mansion. That would be a good add-on since we’ve been to the White House. It’ll definitely help him see the state/federal divides.

  3. says

    OOOH! So cool! We will be there soon and I could not wait to go back to one of the Evening Under The Stars events. Thanks for the other free activities, they are great ideas!

    • KendraKendra says

      I hope you enjoy them. Most are new to me too so I’ll report back and let you know how they go. What else are you up to this summer?

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