Keeping families entertained can be a challenge, but if you know where to look, you will find some engaging activities that will create memories that will last a lifetime. We’re highlighting the family-friendly events in the Atlanta area and beyond. While it may look a tad bit different right now, there are plenty of virtual opportunities for families and quite a few in-person events that allow for social distancing.
Reminder: Double-Check Before You Head Out!
As with anything, plans can change for a variety of reasons. It is always good to follow our links to the event or call ahead if you have any doubts.
Family-Friendly Activities & Atlanta Events
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Atlanta Botanical Gardens is open, but for the safety of all guests, a limited number of visitors will be admitted every 15 minutes. All visits must be reserved by purchasing a timed ticket(s) online. Members also must reserve their free-visit times. All visitors will receive a confirmation email. All tickets are non-refundable.
ALL transactions at the Garden will be credit/debit ONLY.
Entry is not guaranteed to those who walk up and purchase/reserve tickets.
To find out more or to purchase tickets, please visit here.
Be sure to visit! You don’t want to miss Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined. Through November 1, Alice’s Wonderland returns to the Garden this summer – bigger and better than ever – accompanied by new larger-than-life plant giants – the Red Queen and Alice herself – along for the ride down the rabbit hole.
Explore Georgia, the state’s official tourism office has created some resources for parents and educators to download and use at home. If you re not traveling this summer and/or need some fresh ideas to explore our beautiful state, check out what they have to offer.
- A Complete list of Virtual Experiences in Georgia
- Digital Puzzles to Enjoy at Home
- Coloring Pages of Favorite Places in Georgia
- Spot the Difference
- Georgia Inspired Spotify Playlists
- FREE Virtual Backgrounds for Zoom
- List of Georgia films and television shows
- Learn from Home with Georgia Chefs and Mixologists
- 360 Degrees of Famous Georgia Places
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
After extensive planning, Fernbank is excited to welcome guests back! Fernbank will reopen to the public on June 4. Online reservations will be required for everyone, and online fees have been eliminated! Some things have changed, including new temporary hours, enhanced cleaning protocols, visitor safety guidelines, online-only tickets and more.
Here are a few of the new procedures to help keep you healthy and safe:
- Practice physical distancing and wear a face covering. New temporary hours to manage capacity and allow space for physical distancing: 9am – 12pm, 1pm – 4pm, 5pm – 9pm.
- Regular disinfecting of hard surfaces throughout the day, deep-cleaning sessions between visitation hours, and 19 new hand sanitizing stations.
- Tickets are available online only; no walkup tickets will be available.
- We are implementing low-contact sales in the café and store. Credit or debit cards only.
Georgia Renaissance Festival
October 10 thru November 22, 2020
The Georgia Renaissance Festival is one of the largest Renaissance Festivals in the Southeast. Spend a day full of romance, chivalry, and fantasy in our 32-acre village as 200 artisans, delicious food, and non-stop entertainment combine to make a day full of memories!
High Museum of Art
The High Museum of Art will welcome members and frontline workers (free with valid ID) only from July 7 to July 17. The Museum will open to the general public on Saturday, July 18. Please visit this page for more information related to timed ticketing and the new ways we are conducting business as well as how you can help keep safety and social distancing top of mind.
J.K. Rowling The Ickabog
From May 26 to July 10, J.K. Rowling will post a chapter (or two) every weekday FREE for all to read. When the book is published this fall, all of Rowling’s royalties will go to people who have been affected by the current worldwide health crisis.
You can read this book together here.
Michael’s Kids Club
Since we are unable to participate in the wonderful classes offered at Michael’s Craft Stores, we can enjoy classes through their Facebook page as well as their website. They have got plenty of activities that your little ones can enjoy.
National Park Service
Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2020, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2020:
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 26: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day
June 1 through June 30
The Summer Scramble Scavenger Hunt is a great time for families and friends to enjoy a little cemetery sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery!
Purchase your printable Summer Scramble packet online (one per team) from June 1-30, download, print, and follow all-new cryptic clues to solve riddles. No reservations are required to participate.
Choose from three different packets, organized by degree of cemetery riddle difficulty:
- Easy: Kid-friendly riddles and perfect for families (expected hunt time: 1 hour)
- Medium: Challenging, but not impossible to solve, riddles (Expected hunt time: 1.5-2 hours)
- Deadly: Try it if you dare (Expected hunt time: 2-3 hours)
Purchase your Summer Scramble Scavenger Hunt here. All proceeds from the Summer Scramble benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery.
Scavenger Hunts Around Atlanta
A great social distancing activity is participating in a scavenger hunt. Atlanta has quite a few opportunities for friends and families to enjoy the thrill of the hunt with the following:
Clue Town Books are a series of ready-to-solve puzzle hunts. Offering both indoor and outdoor hunts, solvers use landmarks to solve puzzles. The solutions to the puzzles reveal how to get to the next checkpoint. It’s a fun adventure for adults and kids.
Ages 12 and up should be able to complete an entire hunt without adult assistance.
Tucked away in the nooks and crannies of Decatur are more than 30 miniature secret doors created by local artists. Inspired by “fairy doors” that first appeared around the world more than 100 years ago, the artists set out to create bits of whimsy for discovery in unexpected places all around Decatur. Organized by Decatur artist Larry Holland, the project is funded by a seed grant from the Decatur Arts Alliance.
This is one of my personal favorites! Throughout Atlanta, there are tiny doors hidden. To get the complete list, please visit their website. You can also check out the video above.
Starlight Drive-In Theater
Did you know that Atlanta has a drive-in theater? Starlight Drive-In Theater is the perfect place for families and friends to enjoy time together while social distancing. Find out what is playing here.
Stonehenge Summer Solstice
June 20 Live stream of the Stonehenge sunset at 4:26 p.m. and sunrise at 11:52 p.m. (Atlanta time).
Watch the summer solstice LIVE from Stonehenge, wherever you are in the world! Just tune in to the Facebook page provided below to enjoy this year’s summer solstice.
Zoo Atlanta is now open to the public. As part of its commitment to the continued well-being of guests, team members, and animals, and in an ongoing effort to assist its community in preventing the spread of COVID-19, Zoo Atlanta has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures. To find out more, please watch the video posted above or visit their Know Before You Go page here.
Timed tickets may be purchased here and are first-come, first-served, as daily capacity will be limited.
Zoo hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Adventures Beyond Atlanta
One of the best things about living in the Atlanta area is that there are so many great places to go that are within driving distance. Whether you want to head to the beach or drive through the majestic Smoky Mountains, there are plenty of places offering great family-friendly things to do.
Legoland Florida Resort
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is officially open again. Guests are encouraged to download the LEGOLAND mobile app, and review the website in advance of their arrival, for a full outline of the parks’ new arrival and attractions procedures, as well as details on the enhanced cleaning measures. Tickets and vacations should be booked in advance online, when possible.
Guests should be prepared to make on-site payments using a credit or debit card as cash will no longer be accepted on property. Guests experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 should refrain from visiting the Resort.
The Resort will initially open with adjusted operating hours. LEGOLAND Theme Park will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and LEGOLAND Waterpark will be open daily from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can stay up-to-date, with operational changes, as well as health and safety enhancements online by visiting: legoland.com/operations-update
Tennessee Aquarium Chattanooga
The Tennessee Aquarium (along with more than 10,000 friendly animal faces) will be ready to welcome you back on June 18.
Here are the changes you need to know about before planning your next visit:
- They will limit capacity each day, so everyone will be required to have a timed-entry ticket. These will only be available online and must be purchased in advance. Members will still enjoy free admission, but everyone must reserve timed-entry tickets (available here starting June 15.)
- Guests should plan to arrive early enough for the 30-minute timed entry window they have reserved. No one will be allowed to enter prior to their scheduled time.
- You will begin your tour in the River Journey building and follow the one-way path from the mountains to the sea through both buildings.
- All staff and volunteers will wear masks. While they strongly suggest guests wear face coverings, they do not require you to do so. If you don’t have one, they will have affordably priced masks available in the River Journey Gift Shop. They will offer an early-bird entrance from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm each day for guests with special health concerns or who choose to visit when everyone is masked. *Masks will be required for everyone during early bird hours.*
- Additional information is available on their website. Check out this video as it explains the policies and procedures of our phased reopening planning.
Do you know of kid-friendly events in the Atlanta area or beyond we should add to our list? Send an email to email@example.com to see about having it added to our guide.