Kid 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 some fun activities you can do this month below.  Be sure to keep scrolling to find out about some ongoing kid-friendly events in the Atlanta area.

Reminder: Double-Check Before You Head Out!

As with anything, plans can change to a variety of reasons.  It is always good to follow our links to the event or call ahead if you have any doubts.

Week of September 30, 2019

Georgia-State-FairGeorgia State Fair at Atlanta Motor Speedway September 27 through October 6

The Georgia State Fair is coming to AMS September 27-October 6! Don’t miss the fun and exciting rides, tasty fair foods, concerts, pro wrestling, and MUCH MORE!
Grab your advanced tickets today to avoid the ticket lines!

Find out more here.

$0.95 Admission to Carter Presidental Center on October 1

The Carter Presidental Center in Atlanta is celebrating President Carter’s 95th birthday with $0.95 admission to the museum all day Oct. 1st…longer hours (open until 8pm)…. a free showing of the Georgia-made movie Smokey and the Bandit at 6:30pm…even a Smokey and the Bandit costume contest from 6pm until the movie starts at 6:30. Come help us celebrate and see our exhibit on Georgia-made movies and tv shows “Georgia on My Screen.” THE MOVIE AND COSTUME CONTEST ARE FREE…And MUSEUM ADMISSION on OCT 1 is only 95 cents.

Find out more here.


Ongoing Kid-Friendly Atlanta Events


Atlanta-Botanical-GardensAtlanta Botanical Gardens

Imaginary Worlds-Alice’s Wonderland at Atlanta Botanical Gardens May 11 – Oct. 27, 2019.

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole with new creations in the Skyline Garden and more.

The exhibition of giant topiary-like plant sculptures at both the Midtown and Gainesville gardens, is back by popular demand after last summer’s blockbuster show, Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time. Many of last year’s crowd-favorite sculptures will make a comeback – but donning coats of different plant palettes.


Scarecrows in the Garden

Enjoy creative scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations, scattered throughout the Garden Oct. 1 – Nov. 3.


Atlanta Motor Speedway

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headling the Atlanta Air Show when it returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 12-13, 2019!  Get all the details here:


Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Traveling the Silk Road  on view September 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Go Back in Time 1,000 Years and Still Make it Home for Dinner

Step 1,000 years back in time to experience the sights, sounds, and stories of the greatest trading route in history – the legendary Silk Road. Immersive re-creations of ancient settings feature life-size models, artifacts, and hands-on activities, telling the story of the route’s extraordinary golden age and its influence on the world. This exciting exhibit explores a time when the information superhighway was a network of land routes that stretched 4,600 miles across blazing desert sands and snowy mountain passes.

Find out more here.


Woodland Spirits Outdoor Experience on view October 5 – November 17, 2019

Drawing inspiration from literature’s countless dark forests, Woodland Spirits evokes mystery, adventure and uncertainty during the Halloween season.

As you explore WildWoods and Fernbank Forest, be prepared to encounter ghostly visitors in the shadows, up in the trees, deep in the vistas, and waiting in plain sight. Although mostly undisturbed throughout history, these woods feature clues and remnants from those who’ve come before us. Perhaps their spirits never left.

Woodland Spirits features a variety of ghostly figures imagined by Fernbank and transformed by Laura Lewis, an Atlanta artist who specializes in sculpture, painting and outdoor installations.

Find out more here.

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance free–fee dates in 2019:

  • November 11

High-Museum-of-ArtHigh Museum of Art Atlanta

On Second Sundays of each month at The High Museum of Art, museum admission is free from noon until 5:00 p.m. Most often there are special activities that are family-friendly and appeal to kids and grownups alike.

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Image Credit Michael’s Craft Store

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® Abstract Paper Pumpkin

Date: Saturday, October 5

Great Pumpkin Event

Date: Saturday, October 5


Serenbe Playhouse

As autumn cools the steaming earth and leaves begin to turn, Serenbe Playhouse is bringing back one of our favorite fall fright fest: The Sleepy Hollow Experience. Following six sold out seasons and recognition as one of the ‘Top Five Halloween Plays in the Country’ by American Theatre Magazine, patrons will enjoy a fresh adaptation by Serenbe Playhouse’s Brian Clowdus. This immersive Halloween experience is sure to have heads rolling.

If you’ve got little ones and want to see The Legend of SLeepy Hollow, you’re in luck!  THis year they will offer The Sleepy Hollow Family Experience. Bring the whole family to Tarrytown and experience the retelling of this classic American ghost story in the comfort of daylight.  Join the cast at a Fall Festival pre-show and during intermission.

LATE SHOWS: Fri & Sat • 10:30PM
FAMILY EXPERIENCE: Sat & Sun starting Oct 12 
• 2:00PM (Fall Festival Opens at 1:00PM)

Find out more here.



Southern Belle Farm

Southern Belle Farm is a family owned 330 acre farm. We’re open seasonally for fresh produce, strawberry & peach picking, fall fun & Christmas trees.

Come out to Southern Belle Farm in the fall for an experience you will not forget! They provide families with good wholesome fun. There is a wide variety of things to do from riding a hayride to shooting our corn cannons.

Farm Admission includes: Cornfield maze(s), Hayride, Cow Train ride, Corn Cannon – 3 shots, Jumping Pillow, Racing Pedal Carts, Giant Tunnel Slide, Kiddie korral, Corn Box, Rubber Duck Races, meeting our Barnyard Animals, Seesaws and Pig Races.

Open Saturday through Sundays September 21 through November 3.

October 5th-6th, 2019

  • Cancer survivors will receive free admission and all others will receive two dollars off admission when you wear pink this weekend.

October 12th-13th, 2019

  • Our police officers, military, and firefighters will receive free admission with a valid work ID. In addition to their fall activities they will have local fire, police, and sheriff departments on Saturday October 12th.

October 14th: Columbus Day (10am-7pm)

October 19th-20th, 2019

  •  They will have antique tractors and bluegrass music (11am-3pm) on Saturday the 19th. They will also have a chainsaw artist on the 19th and 20th.

October 26th-27th, 2019

  • They will have bluegrass music on Saturday the 26th from 11am-3pm

November 2nd-3rd, 2019

Find out more here.


Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival

Come play by day and watch the park glow by night Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through November 3.

Take an enchanted evening stroll through classic storybook tales that come to life with 40 newly imagined scenes featuring massive carved pumpkin displays, glowing lights, rolling fog, boundless bubbles, and plenty of not-so-spooky, glow-in-the-dark adventures after sunset!  Feast your eyes on Jack’s GIANT Glowing Pumpkin Tree, enjoy Lightning Bug Flashlight Tours through the MEGABUGS! exhibit, and be the star of an extra special nighttime party parade guaranteed to GLOW your socks off!

Find out more here.

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.


Great Pumpkin LumiNights

September 27-November 2

Fall may not be in the air yet, but it’s on our minds. And there’s no place better to experience the season than at Dollywood. During our Harvest Festival presented by Humana, the Great Smoky Mountains will be in full color, fall smells and flavors will fill the park, and pumpkins will glow up the night.

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival  is even more spectacular this season, with thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns immersing families in fabulous fall fun. The largest addition ever made to Dollywood’s fall festival, Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and delightful, family-friendly fun throughout Timber Canyon.

Great Pumpkin LumiNights also features new pumpkin-themed food options, entertainment and interactive opportunities for park guests to experience an exciting nightly finale during the best fall festival in the Smokies.


Day Out with Thomas: The Stream Team Tour 2019

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Cordele, GA on October 18-20 & 26-27, 2019. Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel.

This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including toy play, photo ops, and more.  The tour, now in its 24th year, will make 37 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2019.

Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free at 866-468-7630, or by visiting  Ticket prices are $22 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply).

For more information and directions, contact SAM Shortline at (229) 276-0755 or

For more information about the world of Thomas & Friends please visit: and for bonus material and exclusive content


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





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