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.

Week of August 19, 2019

All month long you can get in FREE to the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame with the Chick-fil-A app.  See details below.

Friday, August 23 to Sunday, August 25

Jurassic Quest is coming to Atlanta, GA August 23-25. Go back in time 60 million years and see more than 80 living, walking, breathing animatronic dinosaurs.  Get Your Tickets Today at: https://bit.ly/2FgzyOI

Saturday, August 24

It is the National Park Service’s birthday, and you are getting the gift for FREE admission.   Find a park to visit here.

Saturday, August 24

Come celebrate National Waffle Day with Waffle House at the Waffle House Museum! They’ll be hosting tours and giving out free waffle samples!

The Waffle House ® Museum is the site of the very first Waffle House ® restaurant. It opened back in 1955 after two neighbors, Joe Rogers, Sr. and Tom Forkner, decided Avondale Estates needed a 24-hour restaurant. Today, the chain they started has 1700 restaurants in 25 states. The restaurant has been restored to feel as though you are stepping back into 1955. In addition to the restaurant, the museum features Waffle House memorabilia from the past 60 years.

Find out more here.

Wednesday, August 28

Calling all Monster Jam fans! On Wednesday, August 28, the community will have the opportunity to meet Monster Jam driver Krysten Anderson at Mall of Georgia. The first-ever female driver of Grave Digger will sign autographs, take photos and interact with fans from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the lower level Center Court in the Southeast’s largest shopping center. Anderson will return alongside her family of drivers for Monster Jam Triple Threat at Infinite Energy Arena from September 13-15.

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Ongoing Kid-Friendly Atlanta Events

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Ashley Park Newnan

Make plans to attend Fido Fest 2019 on Saturday, September 14 at Ashley Park. There will be a Doggie Splash Zone, live music, kids activities, food, vendors and more!   It will be The Ultimutt Event!

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.

 

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Image Credit Chris Hunt Photography

Center for Puppetry Arts

Over a dozen animal puppets and two farmhand-puppeteers will take the stage at the Center for Puppetry Arts during Old MacDonald’s Farm, July 30 – September 1. The Theater for the Very Young production is adapted and directed by award-winning director Amy Sweeney and is created specifically with the developmental stages of young children in mind. Based on the universally well-known children’s song, the family-favorite show explores a day in the life of a farm.

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College Football Hall of Fame

College Football is turning 150 and getting the best birthday present ever! Don’t miss your chance to visit the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame and check out our incredible fan experience for free in August, courtesy of Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola.

As the home of college football and the keeper of college football’s rich history and traditions, the Hall is central to the 150th anniversary festivities. A must-see for fans of all ages, we celebrate the past, present and future of this great game and its players and coaches.

Fans gain free admission* during the month of August by scanning the Chick-fil-A® App at the ticket window. For more information, check out the press release here.

Please note: The Hall will be closed to the public on Thursday, August 15 and Monday, August 19.

*One Chick-fil-A® App scan is required per group.

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Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank’s newest permanent exhibit, Fantastic Forces explores combustion, aerodynamics, plate tectonics and more in this all-new STEM exhibit. Activities highlight the science of rockets, tornadoes, earthquakes, liquefaction, lightning, planetary orbits, gravity, centripetal force and more. Build a wax volcano, witness the power of a tornado, launch aircraft and more in this new hands-on, minds-on exhibit.

My-Little-Pony-Live-Fox-TheaterFox Theatre My Little Pony

In its first-ever U.S. tour, the beloved MY LITTLE PONY: Friendship is Magic characters will take the stage in their all new musical debut, MY LITTLE PONY LIVE.  Inspired by the brand’s signature themes of friendship and magic, the original production features popular pony friends affectionately called, “the Mane Six” – Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack and Rainbow Dash.  Rounding out the lineup is Spike the Dragon, a fan favorite from the hugely successful MY LITTLE PONY: Friendship is Magic television series, which is currently airing its ninth season.

The fantastical, sensation-filled musical tells an exciting new tale.  As the ponies prepare for the blossoming of Ponyville’s Rainbow Tree, promising another hundred years of friendship, trouble arises in Equestria.  The Mane Six must set out to save the ailing Rainbow Tree with strength, determination, creativity and — of course — the magic of friendship!  Come one pony, come all, on this unforgettable journey to Equestria!

Tickets for My Little Pony are on-sale now at FoxTheatre.org, the Fox Theatre Ticket Office, and 855-285-8499. Ticket prices start at $25, plus applicable fees.Single-event access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus will be available for purchase on top of your show ticket. Marquee Club passes are $40 per person and include an enhanced pre-show through post-show experience with complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages.

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:

  • August 25
  • September 28
  • 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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Little Shop of Stories

Family Event: Rick Riordan Returns!

Tuesday, September 24 | 7 PM
Glenn Memorial Auditorium
1634 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307

The Carlos Museum and Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories welcome Rick Riordan back to Atlanta for one of only eight national appearances on the tour for his newest Trials of Apollo book, The Tyrant’s Tomb.

Tickets to the event, which include a pre-signed copy of the book, are available with online registration.  Get tickets here.

 

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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® Clay Pot Scarecrow

Date: Saturday, September 7

MAKE break Fall Initial Wreath

Date: Saturday, September 7

Kids Club® Apple Cookie Decorating

Date: Saturday, September 14

Kids Club® Craft Stick Scarecrow

Date: Saturday, September 21

Kids Club® Handprint Canvas Owl

Date: Saturday, September 28

MAKE break Boo-tiful Pumpkins

Date: Saturday, September 28

MAKE break Fall Floral Pumpkin

Date: Sunday, September 29

Kids Club® Abstract Paper Pumpkin

Date: Saturday, October 5

Great Pumpkin Event

Date: Saturday, October 5

 

Nick-Slime-City-AtlantaNick Slime City

Welcome to SLIME CITY – the greenest, most awesomest place on planet Earth. Here you will SEE SLIME, FEEL SLIME and even get the chance to receive Nickelodeon’s ultimate honor of… BEING SLIMED!

From hanging at Slime HQ to dancing at the Slime Light Club, to making your mark at the Great Wall AND the Great Hall (of Slime!), Slime flies when you’re having fun! It’s the ultimate Slime experience as you soak in all the ooey gooey green goodness at the Slime Bubble-torium, and the Slime-tennial Park.

So, get ready… it’s SLIME Big Time!  You can read our review here: Nick Slime City

June 14-Labor Day 2019. Wed.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; -Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Mon. and Tues. Ages 2 and over, $20-$29. Advanced ticket purchase is required.    http://www.nickslimecity.com/

 

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Serenbe Playhouse

Bring the whole family out to experience The Jungle Book at Sernebe Playhouse August 17 through September 29. See this classic children’s story come to life in the woods!

Get tickets here: http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/junglebook

Smithsonian-Museum-DaySmithsonian Museum Day

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

For locations in Georgia, click here.  There are locations acorss the United States.  Click here to find something in another state.

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.

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Great Pumpkin LumiNights

September 27-November 2

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana 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.

 

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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