Summer Survival Guide

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):  Storytimes – Tuesdays at 11 am, Sundays at 3 pm; Circle time (songs and activities geared toward kids 3 and under) –  Thursdays and Fridays at 11 am – free –

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

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

Garden Story Time:  Starting May 30, every Tuesday in June and July (except July 4) at 10 am. Fred Armon Toomer Elementary School in Kirkwood. 2 – 6 is the target age.

Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop:  Fridays at 11 am – Open play and story time.

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


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

Beat the Heat Summer Film Series:  Thursdays at 12:30 pm; East Atlanta Library.

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)

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

$1 Summer Kids’ Movie Series –


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 –


Atlanta Botanical Gardens – the children’s garden includes interactive play exhibits and a splash pad; 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, and their new Wildwoods outdoor area offers lots of opportunities for running, climbing, and exploring.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta – a wide selection of hands-on activities includes a tiny grocery store and diner, a building area, painting wall, fishing pond, and a baby/toddler zone. They also have shows throughout the day. ** tip – parking can be tricky but it’s not too far from the Atlanta Streetcar or the Georgia Dome Marta Station, which are fun adventures in their own right.

Georgia Aquarium – Plenty for kids to see and explore. ** tip – all Georgia residents get free admission on their birthdays. Also see tip above on transit options.

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.


Catch Air (Amsterdam Walk in Midtown) –

Hippo Hopp (Brookhaven area) –

Leapin’ Lizards: (North Dekalb Mall) –


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

Mulberry Fields in Candler Park – community garden with goats and chickens

Lake Claire Land Trust – has a resident emu!

Hawk Hollow – in Kirkwood –

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

Whitley Farms (Sharpsburg)  – berry picking –

Arabia Mountain (Lithonia) – hiking –

Hikes on the Chattahoochee River –


June 1 –  GPPN’s Music in the Meadow; 5:30 – 7 at Ormond-Grant Park

June 2 – 3 – Candler Park Festival

June 3 – Atlanta Fulton Public Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff Party at Woodruff Park

Ongoing through June 3 – 4 – Georgia Renaissance Festival (open Saturdays and Sundays, plus Memorial Day)

June 3 – 4 – Virginia Highland’s Summerfest

June 10 –  GPPN’s Summer Social; 4 pm – 8pm – Giant Waterslide, BBQ, and live music! –

June 11 –  Streets Alive – Westside – 4 pm – 8 pm –

July 6 – GPPN’s Music in the Meadow; 5:30 – 7:00 in Grant Park

*** Did we miss something good?  Please email to tell us about it!