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 –
  • 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.

Indoor Playgrounds


  • 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
  • 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! –
  • June 11, 2017 –  Streets Alive – Westside – 4 pm – 8 pm –
  • July 6, 2017 – GPPN’s Music in the Meadow; 5:30 – 7:00 in Grant Park

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