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 the kid-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.

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Christmas Train Rides in Georgia and Beyond

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Ongoing Kid-Friendly Atlanta Events

 

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Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

2019 will be the last time you can experience the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. In 2020, the Atlanta Ballet will move its production to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

The Nutcracker will be at the Fox Theatre from December 7, 2019 through December 24, 2019.

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Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

November 16, 2019 – January 11, 2020

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights returns in 2019 with new features and crowd favorites – including new music and motion for Atlanta’s favorite holiday spectacle, Nature’s Wonders.

Experience the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden. Plus, several larger-than-life plant giants from Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland awash in holiday glow.

Displays like the Ice Goddess and Tunnel of Light, along with the Orchestral Orbs, Radiant Rainforest, Model Trains and other favorites continue to make the exhibition a must-see Atlanta holiday tradition.  Find out more here.

 

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Atlanta Christkindl Market

Let yourself be enchanted by the special outdoor atmosphere of the ATLANTA CHRISTKINDL MARKET™ – the city’s first and largest winter holiday festival at Centennial Olympic Park presented by the German American Cultural Foundation.

Meet and mingle with your family & friends at the traditional German Christkindl Market. Come and enjoy authentic German food and beverages in a festive atmosphere. Also, find great holiday gifts for your beloved ones.

Experience the market through December 24 at Centennial Olympic Park. Find out more here.

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The Battery Atlanta

The Battery Atlanta invites families to capture the holiday spirit with free Santa Photos at SunTrust onUp Experience. Santa and his elves return to Cobb County’s hottest entertainment destination on Thursday, Nov. 21 and will set-up shop every Thursday through Sunday in November and December. Families can take home FREE digital and print copies as a holiday keepsake. The Battery Atlanta will host theme nights, including Santa Paws, during which guests and their pets can take free, “paw-fect” photos with Santa; Santa Who Speaks Spanish, when families can meet with, share wish lists and capture complementary photos with Spanish-Speaking Santa; and Sensitive Santa, which allows children with special needs a reservation-only, low-sensory session with minimal light and noise.

Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 21 – Dec. 22
Monday, Dec. 23
Tuesday, Dec. 24

Find out more here.

 

Callaway Gardens

Fantasy in Lights

Nightly, November 15, 2019 through January 4, 2020

Treat your family to a fun tradition that’s filled with holiday cheer! It’s Christmas at Callaway, featuring Fantasy In Lights, one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Light Displays in the world. Come make merry in the Christmas Village, meet holiday characters up close, and ride through the dazzling illuminated forest.  Extend the celebration with an overnight stay, enjoy mouthwatering meals or cozy cups of cocoa in our beautiful accommodations, and explore 2,500 acres of stunning natural landscape.  Create a season that’s magical with a getaway to remember – at Callaway Resort & Gardens. Get tickets here.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Dinner Show

Every Friday & Saturday Night November 22 to December 21
Bonus Show: Sunday, November 24
Dinner at 5 p.m. Show starts at 6:30 sharp

Enjoy this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch decides to ruin Christmas while enjoying your buffet dinner.

Dine on the Who-ville Christmas Feast

Meet the Grinch and Cindy Lou-Who

Watch the performance with songs to sing along

Have your picture taken in Who-ville

Get tickets here.

Center-for-Puppetry-ArtsCenter for Puppetry Arts

Nov 5–Dec 29, 2019

Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, Rudolph and his friends  (including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster) take the stage. You won’t want to miss it! Get tickets here.

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Cirque du Soleil Volta

Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is about finding yourself and unveiling your personal powers. VOLTA is now playing until January 5th, Under the Big Top at Atlantic Station. Get your tickets here.

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Chinese Lantern Festival

This holiday season, come marvel at the fantasy of lights on display during the Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival’s Into the Wild spectacular, taking place at Centennial Olympic Park.

Back with an all new theme, making its debut in the south, this dazzling adventure will take you through an interactive land and sea experience while you play alongside these larger-than-life illuminated lanterns and enjoy breathtaking acrobatic performances.

Perfect for the entire family, the Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival  will run through January. 5.

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The 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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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.

 

High-Museum-of-ArtHigh 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. Most often there are special activities that are family-friendly and appeal to kids and grownups alike.

 

Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta

Tis the season for Holiday Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, all December (Dec. 1 – 31) long! Kids are invited to escape the chilly weather for brick-filled, festive fun! The annual holiday tradition features special activities, including a build-and-take home LEGO® snowflake instructed by Playmakers, daily meet and greets with LEGO® Santa and a winter wonderland takeover in MINILAND!

LEGO® lovers can save brickloads with limited-time fall pricing during the most wonderful time of the year. Visitors can shop the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Retail Store for the LEGO® gift on every child’s list and earn free tickets or exclusive sets!

Breakfast with Santa

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta invites families to build traditions with Breakfast with Santa on select Saturdays in November and December. From 9-10 a.m., parents can score a spot for the little ones at the newest holiday event, featuring a hot breakfast from the café, a build-and-take home LEGO® snowflake and admission to the attraction. Children are invited to share their wish lists and pose for an unforgettable photo-opp during their meet-and-greet with LEGO Santa. LEGO-lovers can take home an 8-inch by 6-inch print copy and digital downloads as a holiday keepsake from their personal visits with LEGO Santa. Tickets are $45 per guest.

Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec.14, Dec. 21
9-10 a.m.                     

Find out more 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.

Holiday MAKER Fest Gingerbread House Bell

Date: Saturday, December 7

Holiday MAKER Fest Gingerbread House

Date: Saturday, December 7

Holiday MAKER Fest Reindeer Antlers

Date: Saturday, December 14

Holiday MAKER Fest Cute Christmas T-Shirt

Date: Saturday, December 14

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Oakland Cemetery

Gather a group of family and friends for a day of cemetery sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery!  Purchase your Harvest Hunt packet (one per team) from Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, December 1 at the Visitors Center & Museum Shop (open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and weekends 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) and follow all-new cryptic clues to solve riddles. No reservations are required to participate. Please Note: Oakland’s Visitor Center & Museum Shop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 28).

Choose from three different packets, organized by degree of cemetery riddle difficulty:

Easy: Kid-friendly riddles and perfect for families (expected hunt time: 1 hour)
Medium: Challenging, but not impossible, riddles (Expected hunt time: 1.5-2 hours)
Deadly: Try it if you dare (Expected hunt time: 2-3 hours)
The Harvest Hunt packet ($20) includes one self-guided tour map (a $5 value) that can be used on return visits.

Find out more here.

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Santa’s Fantastical

Santa’s FantasticalSM is a family-friendly holiday destination full of art, technology, and nostalgia, where the season comes alive through interactive experiences, live performances, state-of-the-art technology, and Instagram- worthy moments.

Create your own Northern Lights as you journey through the Fantastical Forest on your way to the North Pole Town Square. Snap some delicious pics along Whimsical Way and Naughty Lane before you cross over into Yondo’s Yeti Yard for some super fun games and of course, a visit with Santa and all his friends!

Get tickets here.

Looking for a unique Breakfast with Santa opportity?  Why not check out Breakfast with Santa and Friends…Fantastical Style!  This exclusive opportunity is only happening on December 14th & 21st…so get your tickets while they last.

Click here for December 14th
Click here for December 21st
*Breakfast with Santa and Friends requires admission to Santa’s Fantastical.

 

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Serenbe Playhouse

NARNIA, an immersive dramatization based on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, tells of four English schoolchildren in the time of World War II who stumble upon a wardrobe which they discover to be a portal into a magical kingdom of called Narnia. A kingdom that is held in the power of the White Witch whose evil spell has frozen the land so that it is “always winter – and never Christmas.”  On the journey, the children are embraced by mystical animals and the good Narnians who resist the Witch’s evil and await the return of Aslan – the Great Lion, who is their rightful ruler. 

Join Serenbe Playhouse in this spellbound journey, filled with creatures of myth and fable, as we learn lessons  of courageselflessness, and wisdom that are sure to put your family in the holiday spirit!

December 6 – January 5

Wednesdays – Saturdays • 7:00PM
Saturdays & Sundays • 2:00PM & 5:00 PM

Get tickets here.

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Southern Belle Farms

Starting November 29th, bring your family to Southern Belle Farm this holiday season for their Christmas festivities—cookies, hayrides, Christmas trees, homemade cakes, and more! Santa will be there on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays to add Christmas cheer and for family photos. Bring your camera!

Christmas Season Hours Starting November 29th
Mon – Fri: 12pm-8pm
Saturdays: 10am-6pm
Sundays: 1pm-6pm

**Special Hours:

Thanksgiving Day: Closed
Black Friday: 10am-6pm

Santa’s Hours 
Visit with Santa through December 15th
Fridays: 5pm-8pm
Saturdays: 12pm-6pm
Sundays: 1pm-6pm

Black Friday: 12pm – 6pm

**Don’t forget to bring your camera! Visits with Santa are free.

Christmas Season Activities
Christmas Trees
Hot Spiced Apple Cider
Homemade Cookies
Photos with Santa
Belle’s Animal Barn
Festive Hayride
Belle’s Barnstormer Slide ($5 per person – open on weekends & Black Friday)

**There is no admission charge at Christmas.

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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Dolly Parton’s Stampede

t’s Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede! During the holidays, the Stampede arena is magically transformed into true fantasy land. The holiday festivities get playful as Elves from the North Pole and the South Pole compete in a friendly rivalry while serving up a four-course holiday feast!

The live nativity scene is both dramatic and spectacular. The true meaning of Christmas comes alive right before your very eyes as three kings ride atop camels on their way to Bethlehem. The stunning beauty of angels will amaze you as the songs inspire audience members of all ages.

Enjoy this spectacular Christmas show with your friends and family this holiday season in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Get tickets here.

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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