Survival Guide

Take a look at the lists below for some great kid-friendly activities!

You can also follow this link for Discover Atlanta’s awesome family fun guide (published summer 2021):

Story Times

***Check out websites for current story time times at the following locations:

  • East Atlanta Library
  • Kirkwood Library
  • Little Shop of Stories (Downtown Decatur)
  • The Press Shop (Summerhill)
  • Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • Center for Puppetry Arts
  • Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Staying Cool

  • 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 –

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 –
  • 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.
  • Zoo Atlanta – awesome animal exhibits (indoor and outdoor), splash pad, two playgrounds, and lots of fun events annually like Boo at the Zoo (Halloween) and Brew at the Zoo (adults only)!
  • Alliance Theatre – “The 53rd season will feature eight productions including four world premieres, two musicals, and an elaborate new staging of its annual production, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. We’ll also produce five productions for the Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young.” Check out all the productions and get your tickets here:

Indoor Playgrounds

Finding Fresh Air

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