Survival Guide

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 of summer fun in and around Grant Park. It’s always best to check with the venue before going to a new event in case of schedule changes.

Story Times

Other Free Activities

Getting Wet

  • 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 – http://www.piedmontpark.org/do/legacy_fountain.html
  • 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:  http://www.gpconservancy.org/pool/
  • 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 – http://www.piedmontpark.org/do/swimming.html

Admission Required

  • 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 – http://atlantabg.org/learn/kids-programs
  • 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. http://www.fernbankmuseum.org
  • 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.  http://childrensmuseumatlanta.org
  • 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.  https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/
  • 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. http://www.puppet.org/

Indoor Playgrounds

Events

  • June 1, 2017 –  GPPN’s Music in the Meadow; 5:30 – 7 at Ormond-Grant Park
  • June 2 – 3, 2017 – Candler Park Festival
  • June 3, 2017 – Atlanta Fulton Public Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff Party at Woodruff Park https://www.facebook.com/events/1283665261731376/
  • Ongoing through June 4, 2017 – Georgia Renaissance Festival (open Saturdays and Sundays, plus Memorial Day)
  • June 3 – 4, 2017 – Virginia Highland’s Summerfest
  • June 10, 2017 –  GPPN’s Summer Social; 4 pm – 8pm – Giant Waterslide, BBQ, and live music! – https://www.facebook.com/events/430737513942111/
  • June 11, 2017 –  Streets Alive – Westside – 4 pm – 8 pm – https://www.facebook.com/events/1653086738051788/
  • July 6, 2017 – GPPN’s Music in the Meadow; 5:30 – 7:00 in Grant Park

Did we miss something good? Please email president@grantparkparents.org to tell us about it!