Summer Survival Guide

Summer Fun in and Around Grant Park  



Are you at a loss for what to do with your kids when school’s out?  This guide could help with a few new ideas.  (It’s always best to check with the venue before going to a new event in case of schedule changes).


Edgewood Barnes and Noble:  Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11 am; free –

Little Shop of Stories (Decatur):  Tuesdays at 11 am; Thursdays at 7 pm; Sundays at 3 pm; free –

Atlanta Botanical Gardens:  Wednesdays at 10:30 am; free with membership or admission

East Atlanta Library:  Tuesdays at 10:30 am from June 7 – July 26; free –

Trees Atlanta Thirsty Roots Reading Group:  Mondays at 10:30 through May (no events in June and July but will resume in August); ages 2 – 7; at the Beltline Arboretum; includes an activity; free

Stories in the Garden at Toomer Elementary (Kirkwood):  Wednesdays at 9:30 am – stories, songs, planting, watering, and playing. Story time lasts about 30 minutes and all ages are welcome (2-6 is the target age). The school is located at 65 Rogers St. NE, Atlanta 30317.

Spanish Story Time at Happy Mango (Kirkwood):  Every 4th Wednesday at 11 am –

Rhen’s Nest Toy Store: some Fridays at 10:30 am.  Check the store’s Facebook page for dates and details –


Atlantic Station Tot Spot:  Tuesdays 10 am to noon; intended for kids under 5;

Home Depot Kids Workshops: First Saturday of every month from 9 am till about noon; suggested for kids aged 5 -12; registration in advance is recommended –

Centennial Olympic Park:  Music at Noon every Tuesday and Thursday from June to October (not specifically created for kids or families) –

Woodruff Arts Center – Family Sunday series runs through the summer with free activities and workshops (reservations required; museum admission is required for some events)

Highland Yoga – Free Kids Yoga Series- Grant/Ormond Park first Saturday of each month starting June 4th 9-10 am

Children’s Museum of Atlanta – free admission the 2nd Tuesday of every month –

$1 Summer Kids’ Movie Series –


Farmer Red’s Urban Farm at the dead-end of Mercer St. in Ormewood Park – lots of space to run around, a small creek, and an old tractor

Kirkwood Urban Forest at the dead-end of Rogers Street in Kirkwood

Southern Belle Farms (McDonough) – berry picking, petting zoo;

Whitley Farms (Sharpsburg)  – berry picking;

Arabia Mountain (Lithonia) – hiking –

Hikes on the Chattahoochee River:


D.H. Stanton Park Splash Pad:  Martin St SE, Atlanta, GA 30315; open 10 am to 8 pm

Centennial Olympic Park Splash Pad:  265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Old Fourth Ward Park Splash Pad:  680 Dallas St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308; open 10 am to 8 pm

Zoo Atlanta Splash Pad

Piedmont Park Splash Pad: Legacy Fountain –

Grant Park Pool: the schedule is controlled by the City of Atlanta and can change from year to year, but the usual schedule can be found on the Conservancy’s page here:

Piedmont Park Pool:  open Mon – Fri 10 – 5; Sat – Sun 12 – 5; $1 for children 5 and under; $2 for children 6 – 16; $4 for adults –


Buford Highway Farmers Market

Dekalb Farmers Market

Peachtree-Dekalb Airport’s Playground

Plaza Fiesta on Buford Highway (has a free indoor playground and a small arcade at the food court)

Walk/Ride the Beltline

Ride MARTA to a new neighborhood

Stone Mountain

Hiking –


Atlanta Botanical Gardens – the children’s garden is due to reopen this summer; they offer several programs that are free with admission or membership:  Garden Playtime Tuesdays at 10:30 am, Garden Grooves Thursdays at 10:30, Amphitheater Performances Saturdays at 10:30 am –

Fernbank Museum of Natural History – there’s a big room on the top floor where kids can play, climb, and see some science

Children’s Museum of Atlanta – new renovation opened last winter

Babies in Space – free indoor play space at the Woodruff Arts Center for babies 0-2. Show on the weekends that requires admission.

Center for Puppetry Arts – Shows daily over the summer; ticket includes puppet-making workshop and admission to puppet museum.  Admission to museum can be purchased without show tickets.

Pancakes, Pancakes – Family Series show at the Alliance Theatre May 31 – July 10 –


Catch Air (Amsterdam Walk in Midtown):

Hippo Hopp (Brookhaven area):

Leapin’ Lizards: (North Dekalb Mall)


June 2 –  GPPN’s Music in the Meadow; 5:30 – 7:15 in Grant Park –

June 3 – 4 – Candler Park Festival

June 3 – 5 – Toddler Takeover at the Woodruff Arts Center

June 4 – Summer Reading Kickoff Party at the East Atlanta Library

June 4 – 5 – Georgia Renaissance Festival (this is the last weekend)

June 4 – 5 – Virginia Highland’s Summerfest

June 11 –  GPPN’s Summer Social; 4 – 8 –

June 12, 4 – 8 pm –  Streets Alive on Peachtree

June 18th – Tunes in the Tombs at Oakland Cemetery; 1-8pm; kids 3 and under free

June 25 – Slide the City Atlanta

July 7 – GPPN’s Music in the Meadow; 5:30 – 7:15 in Grant Park

July 23 – Atlanta Ice Cream Festival in Piedmont Park


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