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 Activities & Atlanta Events
Atlanta Botanical Gardens
SUPERNatural: Aerial Art in Motion
Planning a staycation this long holiday weekend? Experience the “supernatural” at the Garden! Explore Storza Woods under the canopy of a 12,000-square-foot, multi-colored “skynet” billowing above like a school of neon fish gliding through water. Once back on ground, check out the over-the-top glass sculptures of blooming plants popping up among the flower beds. It’s all part of SUPERnatural: Aerial Art in Motion, Glass Art in Bloom.
The skynet, called “Dream Flora”, on display through Sept. 19, is an experiential aerial sculpture by Patrick Shearn of Los Angeles-based Poetic Kinetics, known for its large-scale works of public art; the contemporary glass art is the creation of Seattle artist Jason Gamrath, presented through Oct. 31.
Scarecrows in the Garden
Scarecrows in the Garden brings to the Garden dozens of creations by local artists, crafters, youth groups and more. Entrants and visitors will delight in discovering their own personal favorites.
September 28 through October 31
Atlanta Motor Speedway
There’s so much more to Atlanta Motor Speedway than races. Here are some events coming up that may be of interest to your family.
The Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama presented by American Force Wheels returns to AMS in October 2021. Find out more here.
Barnes & Noble Book Stores
Barnes & Noble is offering its customers a variety of virtual events for all ages. From in-depth discussions with authors around the most anticipated books to virtual B&N Book Clubs, there’s plenty of fun coming to a screen near you.
Virtual Storytime for kids can be found here. They are also providing activity sheets that accompany each read-aloud.
Check out the listing for adults here.
Pumpkins at Callaway
Explore gardens by day and watch them glow by night with a brand-new family-friendly festival: Pumpkins at Callaway! As the weather cools, our 2,500-acre gardens transform into a harvest haven with pumpkin sculptures, topiaries, and magnificent mums in brilliant autumnul hues. Stay after dark to watch the grounds come to life with illuminating experiences like an Enchanted Forest, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, and a towering Pumpkin Tree! Don’t miss out on family-friendly Fall fun at Callaway!
September 10, 2021 – October 31, 2021
Get tickets here.
Grab your friends and family and get ready for the treat of a lifetime! Candytopia’s epic emporium of fun will tantalize your taste buds and send your imagination soaring.
Candytopia Atlanta is located at 3330 Piedmont Road NE Space 17 in Buckhead. OPen through October 31, this limited engagement event celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of our favorite sugary delights through a series of interactive art installations in over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami.
Get your tickets here and skip, laugh, jump, and slide your way through the candy experience of your sweet dreams.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
September 18, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! showcases Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg™’s iconic contraptions, imaginative illustrations, and humorous storytelling, celebrating his skills as both an artist and inventor.
Inspired by Rube’s original illustrations and inventive storytelling, this exhibit contains a collection of new 3D, life-size machines and hands-on, interactive components that connect Rube’s iconic cartoon contraptions to the way things work in the physical world. These experiences provide insight into the legacy of Rube and how classic engineering principles can be re-imagined as entry points for deeper exploration of STEAM concepts for 21st-century learning.
Find out about all their events here.
College Football Hall of Fame
The College Football Hall of Fame is an Atlanta museum featuring interactive exhibits with content personalized to over 770 teams, historical artifacts, a three-story helmet wall, and the inspirational rotunda that memorializes college football legends.
Join them every Saturday during the spring football season for GameDay Tailgate, Built by The Home Depot and never miss a minute of the action on their 36-ft high-def video board. Enjoy 95,000 square feet of inspiration and entertainment, as we celebrate the best day of the week with tailgate games, scavenger hunts and much more! Find out more here.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Oh My Ghost
Take a walk on the supernatural side of science as ghostlike figures creep out of the shadows and otherworldly creatures seemingly grow out of the ground—this is not your average museum! Fernbank’s annual outdoor Halloween experience, Woodland Spirits, returns Saturday, September 18. New this year, Nocturnal Activity, a special mini exhibit examining the unique characteristics and survival strategies of real “creatures of the night.”
Get tickets here.
The FRIENDS™ Experience is NOW OPEN. Explore 12 rooms of set recreations, Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Monica and Rachel’s kitchen, and Central Perk. You’ll even get to poke Ugly Naked Guy.
Tickets on sale now through September 26th. The FRIENDS™ Experience: The One In Atlanta will be located at 1155 Mount Vernon Hwy NE, at Perimeter Pointe in Sandy Springs.
High Museum of Art
On the second Sunday of each month, the High Museum of Art offers free admission for all visitors.
They are committed to continuing to offer free admission on the Second Sunday of every month. To adhere to strict social distancing and gathering guidelines, access will be limited to online advanced timed-ticket reservations and all programming has been canceled.
No person will be admitted without a reserved timed ticket.
Each ticket holder will be required to arrive by their designated time slot.
No person(s) will be admitted after a 10-minute window has passed. There will be no exceptions.
Once capacity is reached for the day, tickets will no longer be available. Walkups will not be allowed on Second Sundays.
Do you love spending your days at the High Museum? Museum Pass may be perfect for you!
Museum Pass makes every visit easy and affordable. Passholders enjoy unlimited daytime admission to the Museum’s collection and most special exhibitions, as well as free access to daytime programs including Toddler Thursdays and Conversation Pieces.
Purchase your Museum Pass for the low monthly cost of just $4!
To receive more information, please call Member and Guest Services at 404-733-4575 (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.). Please review the Enrollment Agreement before purchasing.
Home Depot Kids Workshop
Kids Workshops provide a mix of skill-building, creativity, and safety for future DIYers every month in Home Depot stores across the country. After registering for the next Workshop, download these exclusive extension activities from Discovery Education. Each extension provides opportunities to reimagine or use their Workshop creation in an unexpected new way.
Legoland Discovery Center
Want to know what else is going on at Legoland Discovery Center? Check out their website here.
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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 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 2021, 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 2021:
Historic Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest public park and the final resting place of many of the city’s most noted citizens. Less than a mile from downtown, its 48 acres are full of treasures – history and gardens, sculpture and architecture, ancient oaks and magnolias. It’s a wedding venue, a green space, an art gallery, a classroom space, and a place to celebrate the city’s rich and fascinating past and its promising future.
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.
Stone Mountain Park
Nestled in 3200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features family-friendly attractions, outdoor recreational activities and a variety of on-site lodging options so you can stay where you play! You also don’t want to miss exciting seasonal events and entertainment sure to delight every member of the family.
The World of Coke
Zoo Atlanta is 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.
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. Visit legoland.com/
Tennessee Aquarium Chattanooga
The Tennessee Aquarium (along with more than 10,000 friendly animal faces) is open and ready for you to visit!
OWA is one of our family’s FAVORITE places to visit. Everything that you could possibly want in a vacation destination is right here- amusement park, lodging, great dining, shows, beaches, and an indoor water park coming soon. They have ALWAYS got something going on!
If you are looking for a great place to visit, check them out.
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