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. 

Check out our guide below.

Fayette and Coweta County residents looking for Vacation Bible Schools for the little ones.  Check here for our guide: Vacation Bible School  Guide for Coweta County

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The Battery Atlanta

The Battery Atlanta debuts the Summer Family Series featuring free programming for families with children of all ages to enjoy.

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Tennis of the Turf

With mini tennis nets, foam balls and kid-sized racquets provided, kids (and parents) can participate in fun, fast-paced introductory tennis games with instructors through Kids Tennis on the Turf.  Held Tuesday mornings on the Plaza Green, this event is FREE for kids and families. Sign-up for the 30-minute sessions will be offered online through USTA Atlanta, and walk-ups are welcome. Session options are from 9:30am – 11:30 am on June 11, 18, 25 and July 9, 16, 23.

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FREE Youth Boxing Clinic

Pepper Boxing Atlanta is hosting Pepper’onis, a FREE youth boxing clinic. Parents and children are welcome to participate in learning the basics of boxing with Zero Contact. Join us for lessons at 9:30am on June 12, 19, 26 and July 10, 17, 24. *Gloves and wraps are encouraged but not required.

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The First Tee

The First Tee will offer FREE clinics on The Plaza Green this summer. These classes will teach participants more about the game of golf, as well provide innovative and experiential learning opportunities for kids. Character education and long-term life skills are at the heart of this program, which will be delivered by coaches who have been trained in positive youth development. Bring the family out on June 20, 27 and July 11, 18 at 10:30am!

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Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Families and travel enthusiasts are encouraged to voyage to Children’s Museum of Atlanta for a month full of exploration and cultural enrichment! In early June, guests are invited to journey to different parts of the world and experience music, food, dance and much more at United Nations of Play. Visitors can also celebrate Eid al-Fitr with crafts, music, a special story time and even a traditional “Eid Mela” carnival. Families looking to celebrate the most important man in their lives will also have the opportunity to learn about all of the different ways that cultures from around the world celebrate Father’s Day!

June Special Programming:

United Nations of Play
Saturday, June 1 
Celebration of Eid al-Fitr
Sunday, June 9
Father’s Day Celebration 
Sunday, June 16

Building Blocks: Early Learning Programs

Tiny Club Monday
10:30 a.m. 
Kiddos can choose between TiNY Science Club and TiNY Artist Club to enjoy a 30-minute class designed especially for kids ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Families can also check out TiNY Builder Club, a drop-in class held from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Each program offers hands-on activities, professional instruction and the chance to learn something new!

Messy Thursdays
10:30 a.m.
Little visitors and guardians are invited to get messy! Messy Thursdays offer slime, finger painting and more every Thursday of the month! Let the Children’s Museum of Atlanta clean up the mess while the little ones have a blast with new activities and endless opportunities to try each and every week.

Toddler Jam Fridays
10:30 a.m.
Rock and roll into the weekend with this high energy, music-filled class guaranteed to shake out the wiggles and foster a love of music. Each week’s program offers new songs, instrument play, circle time activities and, of course, dance breaks.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…definitely NOT a dinosaur. That’s right, pterosaurs are not dinosaurs—they’re flying reptiles. Travel back in time at Fernbank Museum of Natural History to a world where pterosaurs ruled the sky in Flying Monsters 3D thru January 11 through June 1, 2019.

A PAW-some Event for All Ages

Don’t miss Fernbank’s Dog Days of Summer, Sunday, June 2 from 6pm – 9pm. This all-ages special event will feature canine-inspired activities, including a K-9 search team meet-and-greet, a FEMA search dog demonstration, adoptable dogs from LifeLine Animal Project, opportunities to learn about veterinary medicine with Banfield Pet Academy, screenings of Superpower Dogs 3D and after-hours museum access.

Tickets are $10 for members and $20 non-members.* Seasonal bites and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase.

Fernbank-MuseumDive beneath the surface of the world’s rivers in search of bizarre and extraordinary species of freshwater fish in Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants (June 8 – August 18, 2019). This hands-on exhibit, based on the Nat Geo WILD series, includes life-size sculptures, videos and hands-on interactives.

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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

Stone-Mountain-MegabugsMEGABUGS! Adventure Encounter at Stone Mountain Park

MEGABUGS! Adventure Encounters is an immersive and interactive area for “bugologists” of any age to explore.  If you are looking for a great attraction to visit during 2019, Stone Mountain Park is it!  It is perfect for kids and adults!

MEGABUGS! brings park visitors face-to-face with bugs in a way that kids could only dream about!  Imagine their excitement when they come face to face with a 15-foot emperor dragonfly, a 26-foot Madagascar hissing cockroach, a 50-foot Madagascan fire millipede, honey bees, butterflies, ladybugs and many other species. Children and adults can work together to explore and identify 70 different species, many featuring the individual sounds and movements that make these insects unique members of the animal kingdom. Visitors are invited to crawl like a spider, fly like a bee and dig like an ant as they interact with colossal crawlers along winding paths.

 

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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® Fruit Canvas

Date: Saturday, June 1

MAKE break Fruit-abulous Mason Jar

Date: Saturday, June 1

Family MAKE Week – Toad House

Date: Sunday, June 2

Family MAKE Week – Sparkling Dragonflies

Date: Monday, June 3

Family MAKE Week – Woven Turtle

Date: Tuesday, June 4

Family MAKE Week – Butterfly Puppet Garden

Date: Wednesday, June 5

Family MAKE Week – Bug Catcher Jar

Date: Thursday, June 6

Family MAKE Week – Painted Rock Bugs

Date: Friday, June 7

Kids Club® Beaded Suncatcher

Date: Saturday, June 8

MAKE break Fairy Garden Mushroom

Date: Saturday, June 8

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!

June 14-Aug. 30. 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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The Lightning Thief

This “winning adaptation” (The Hollywood Reporter) of the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Rick Riordan, THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL is “electrifying!” (Newsday).

The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods. Nominated for 3 Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, THE LIGHTNING THIEF is “mesmerizing” and proves “lightning can strike twice!” (TheaterMania).

Don’t miss The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical – coming to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre June 7-9!

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Pike Nurseries

The sun is out and fun is in at Pike Nurseries! To entertain and educate little ones once school is out, the local garden center is offering an interactive series of classes to help the youngest green thumbs get active in the garden. The experts at Pike Nurseries are also hosting a festive patriotic planter make and take class to bring color to outdoor spaces in time for the Fourth of July entertaining. Whether looking to benefit from expert knowledge or participating in informative classes, gardeners of all skill sets are encouraged to visit their local Pike Nurseries store this month for everything needed to get the backyard looking beautiful!

Pike Kids Series
Wednesdays in June at 10 a.m. at select Pike Nurseries locations*

Click here for participating locations

In this four-part summer series of interactive classes, children will engage their brains by learning about various important aspects of the garden landscape. Kids Series classes are open to all ages; children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Capacity is limited to 25 people per class. Participants are required to pre-register at pikenursery.com.

  • June 5: Garden Critters
    Gardens are home to several beneficial bugs – including butterflies, ladybugs and worms – that help plants grow. During this class, kids can meet some of these helpful critters and create a butterfly feeder to invite fluttering friends to green spaces.
    *This class will only be held at the Georgia locations listed below.
  • June 12: Herbs
    Little ones can use their five senses to learn about a variety of herbs and the best way to incorporate them in food, beverages or the home. As an added bonus, participants can make their own herb-scented lotion!
  • June 19: Seeds
    During this interactive class, children can explore the anatomy of seeds to understand how they grow and become plants. Afterwards, littles can craft their own seed balls to plant at home.
  • June 26: Birds
    Birds and gardens have a symbiotic relationship that ultimately helps each survive and thrive. In addition to learning how each benefits the other, kids at this class have the opportunity to make a bird feeder to hang in the backyard at home!

Make & Take: Patriotic Planter 
Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m. select Pike Nurseries locations
$40

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Just in time for Fourth of July celebrations, green thumbs are invited to create a festive terra cotta planter bursting with red, white and blue blooms that thrive in summer heat to display on patios, walkways or doorsteps. Participants are required to pre-register at pikenursery.com.

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.

Dollywood

Dollywood

Perhaps the best way to celebrate the approaching summer is a trip to Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass presented by BUSH’S®, May 24-June 2. Thanks to an impressive lineup of talented bluegrass musicians and menus full of expertly-prepared barbeque from Dollywood’s culinary team, the hardest part for guests may be deciding where to start!

The event kicks off in style with a blockbuster opening weekend featuring bluegrass music’s biggest names performing at DP’s Celebrity Theater. Multi-time International Bluegrass Music Association Vocal Group of the Year, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (May 24), and the “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (May 25-26) headline the first three days of the festival. The hits keep coming from the finest musicians in the genre, including Dailey & Vincent (May 27-28), The Grascals (May 29), Sister Sadie (May 30), Flatt Lonesome (May 31), Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers (June 1), and Blue Highway, which wraps up the event on June 2.

One of the largest bluegrass events around, Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass offers guests more than 40 individual performances—all included with park admission—every day of the festival. That means nearly 450 bluegrass performances take place during the run of the event.

Groups like Sugar & The Mint (May 24), former America’s Got Talent contestants Summer Brooke and the Mountain Faith Band (May 26), Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper (May 27), Lonesome River Band (May 28), The Kenny and Amanda Smith Band (June 1) and Volume Five (June 2) are among the groups featured at Dollywood’s Showstreet Palace Theater.

Additional performances take place at The Plaza Stage at Wilderness Pass, including Gate 10 (May 24), The Burnett Sisters (May 28), Turning Ground (May 30), and Unbridled Strings (June 2). Several roving performers keep the sweet sounds of bluegrass music echoing throughout the streets of Dollywood, including the unique championship buckdancing and fiddling of Nashville’s Hillary Klug (May 24-June 2).

For a complete lineup of concert performances and show times, please visit Dollywood.com or view the Dollywood App. It’s a heaping helping of free daily concerts from an amazing collection of talented performers.

Dollywood’s award-winning foods team has turned up the heat on the culinary offerings during this festival with a plethora of delights that perfectly complement the amazing music ringing through the air. Traditional items, including smoked ribs and slow-smoked pulled pork highlight the menu, while a number of additional options are sure to become favorites.

Dollywood chefs took advantage of the park’s partnership with BUSH’S® Beans to include several tantalizing recipes, including Cowboy Kettle Beans, while BBQ pork nachos, roasted corn on the cob, and even BBQ shrimp skewers are sure to be hits.

For more information, show times and food information for Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass presented by BUSH’S®, please call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD, visit www.dollywood.com or download the Dollywood App.

 

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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