Family Friendly Events in the Atlanta Area & Beyond

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.

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 Atlanta Events

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2020 Super Museum Sunday

Something to plan for NOW- Sunday, February 9 from noon to 4 p.m., you can get in FREE to several historical sites across Georgia.
The Georgia History Festival‘s Super Museum Sunday invites Georgians and visitors alike experience our state’s rich history and cultural life as historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest in Savannah and throughout Georgia open their doors to the public, providing an exceptional opportunity to experience the history in our own backyard.

Free and open to the public. Sites offer free admission from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. unless alternate hours are noted.

Check out a county by county listing here: https://georgiahistoryfestival.org/events/2020-super-museum-sunday/

 

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Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble is more than just books!  Check with your local store to find out about the events they have planned.

Ashley Park Newnan location events include:

Saturday, January 25, 2020 11:00 AM

Storytime – How to Catch a Dragon

Celebrate Lunar New Year with this fun Storytime! The wily dragon will have to avoid trap after trap as the kids run through paper lanterns, red envelopes, fireworks, and more! Join us and color your own paper lantern to take home.

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The Battery Atlanta

Jumpstart the new decade at The Battery Atlanta! Whether basking in the brisk winter air for outdoor activities or cozying up indoors with a cold one, visitors to the community’s ultimate dine, play, shop and stay destination will enjoy a variety of events throughout January. Metro-Atlantans can focus on their New Year’s resolutions with sporty programs like weekly cornhole tournaments or celebratory get-togethers like the Atlanta Braves Chop Fest, Fan Friday at Sports & Social Atlanta and more!  You can find out more here.

Atlanta Braves Chop Fest
Saturday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Atlanta Braves supporters can get up-close-and-personal at one of Atlanta’s most fan-tastic traditions! Members of the back-to-back National League East Champion team will be available for autographs, photo opportunities, and Q&A panel discussions. The all-day FREE event features live entertainment, on-field activities, baseball clinics, merchandise and more! For more information or to purchase tickets for player autographs, visit braves.com/ChopFest.

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LITTLE SEEDLING SATURDAYS

Sat., January 4, 11, 18, and 25

Join Callaway Gardens every Saturday for their “Little Seedling Saturday Series.” This NEW Saturday educational programming initiative allows children and families a chance to learn, explore, and experience Callaway Gardens through educational activities that sprout growth & creativity. Programs will vary each weekend in topic & activity.

2nd ANNUAL BIRDFEST

Saturday 2/15 and Sunday, 2/16, 2019

In alignment with Callaway Gardens’ mission of “connecting people and nature in ways that benefit both,” they are excited to announce our second annual BirdFest event!  This two-day festival will feature bird walks, nature-based workshops, arts and crafts, live bird shows, kids’ games, guest speakers, and more!

Kids of all ages can participate in a Gardens-wide scavenger hunt, take photos with exotic bird species, create a variety of bird-centric arts and crafts, dissect owl pellets, and much, much more. BirdFest promises to be an educational and exciting opportunity to learn more about feathered friends.

Children 12 & under dressed as a bird will receive FREE ADMISSION to Callaway Gardens!

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Center for Puppetry Arts

Stellaluna
Jan 21- Mar 8

Stellaluna, the beloved story of a young fruit bat who finds herself dropped in a bird’s nest, comes to life in this world premiere adaptation celebrating self-discoveries and unlikely friendships. After falling unexpectedly into the middle of a bird family’s home, Stellaluna is graciously accepted as one of them—as long as she acts like a bird and doesn’t confuse her adoptive siblings. Stellaluna tries to adapt but finds herself doing all the wrong things.

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Color Run Atlanta

Ever participated in a Color Run before? They’re lots of fun!
Sign up for the Atlanta Color Run on April 5 at Six Flags Over Georgia. This would be a great gift idea this holiday season! Give the gift of experiences! https://thecolorrun.com/locations/atlanta

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Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing & Visual Arts

A modern, 48,000 square foot structure nestled in a serene valley off Lower Fayetteville Road near the city of Newnan, Georgia, this “pearl of the community” contains an elegant lobby, diverse art gallery, lecture halls, and star quality dressing rooms, all anchored by a 1000-seat state-of-the-art theater. The Centre is owned and operated by the Coweta County School System.

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Diary of Anne Frank

January 30 

In 1941 Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank goes into hiding with her family from the Nazis. For the next two years, she never leaves the attic where her family is concealed. With fear of discovery ever-present, Anne finds solace writing in her diary, capturing the daily lives of the secret annex’s inhabitants—from the horrors of war to the excitement of first love—with wit, determination, and idealism. With a multicultural cast, National Players brings to the stage THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, the true story of this incredibly insightful young girl, in hopes of inspiring the next generation to stand up for justice rather than sit back in apathy. By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett adapted by Wendy Kesselman.

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Fernbank Museum

 

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Pirate Day
Saturday, January 25, 2020 10:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Great Hall
Ahoy, me hearties! Prepare to weigh anchor and set sail on a swashbuckling adventure with pirate-themed crafts and games.  Guests are encouraged to wear pirate costumes.   Scheduled activities include LEGO® Pirate Ship Building, Pirate Hook Craft,  Pirate Pseudonym, Photo-Op, Walk the Plank,  and Tattoo Parlor.

GA-State-ParksGA State Parks & Historic Sites

Upcoming January 2020 Events & Outings

Find more hikes, paddling trips, nature programs, tours and happenings online.

Animal Camouflage for Home Schoolers – January 24 at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain
Bark in the Park Dog Hike – January 25 at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder

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High Museum of Art Atlanta

On the Second Sundays of each month at The High Museum of Art, museum admission is free from noon until 5:00 p.m.  Enjoy art-making activities, tours, performances, and the High’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.

To help ensure your family has a great experience at the High Museum, check out theirSecond Sunday Social Story (información en español). This will give you a sense of what to expect during your visit.

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Legacy Theatre

Located just minutes south of the Atlanta Airport off 1-85 at Exit 61, the Legacy Theatre is the only full-time professional theatre on the south side of Atlanta.

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Mamma Mia

January 24th-March 1st, 2020
Performances Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 3pm

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and an unforgettable night at the theatre.

Get tickets here.

 

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Michael’s Kids Club

Michael’s Craft Stores offer various opportunities for children 3 and up to participate in different craft activities.  Below you will find the month’s activities.  You will need to sign up for the Michael’s Kids Club activities here.

 

Kids Club® Feather Arrow Pencils

Date: Saturday, February 1

Valentine MAKER Fest

Date: Saturday, February 8

Kids Club® Clay Pot Critters

Date: Saturday, February 15

MAKE break Dip Dyed Tassels

Date: Saturday, February 15

Kids Club® Model Magic® Bugs

Date: Saturday, February 22

National-Park-ServiceNational 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:

April 18: First day of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 26: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day

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Oakland Cemetery

Each year the blooms of thousands of daffodils brighten the dreary days of late winter at Oakland.  Daffodil Day will celebrate these cheery blossoms when it returns to Oakland Cemetery on February 29.

Join us for a day filled with beautiful flower and greenery displays, garden experts, and fun activities for all ages in Oakland Cemetery’s Victorian gardens. Daffodil Day is free and open to the public.

  • Guided garden walks
  • Plants and used garden books sale
  • Cut flower display
  • Talk with local gardens experts
  • Children’s craft activities
  • And more

Proceeds from the mini-plant sale and Green Elephant used garden books and goods sale will benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s gardens team. Choose from an assortment of heirloom and unusual plants that will add even more beauty to your home!

Daffodil Day attendees will enjoy a 10% discount at the Museum Shop (HOF Members receive an additional 10% discount.).

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Woodruff Arts Center

Join the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre and High Museum of Art on March 8 for a day of FREE family fun across campus at the Woodruff Arts Center.  This event is free, but registration is required. Registration will open in Febraury.  Find out more here.

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Zoo Atlanta

There’s plenty to do at Zoo Atlanta!  Whether you want to head there for a family fun day or participate in one of their events, your trip to the zoo will be memorable.  Be sure to check out the brand new African Savanna area.

February 1: Adventure Cubs

February 7: Cub Scout NightCrawler

February 8: School & Group NightCrawler

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.

wormsloe-savannahWormsloe Historic Site – Savannah, GA

Colonial Faire & Muster is February 7 – 9
One of the most Instagrammed locations in Georgia is the breathtaking avenue of Live Oaks and Spanish Moss that leads to Wormsloe Historic Site. This Savannah attraction was the colonial estate of Noble Jones, an Englishman who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe. Wormsloe’s tabby ruin is the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Join them February 7 – 9 for the annual Colonial Faire and Muster with an 18th century military encampment, period music and dance, sutlers’ row, craft demonstrations and food concessions.

Do you know of kid-friendly events in the Atlanta area or beyond we should add to our list?  Send an email to laborders2000@gmail.com to see about having it added to our guide.

 

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