With the kids off for the summer, it can be difficult to keep them busy. Luckily for families in and around Atlanta, there is a wealth of free kid-friendly activities and events. The area is a hotspot for cultural and historical family fun.
All Year Round
Getting active in Atlanta is easy, and an escape from the heat is always welcome. The Lawrenceville/Dacula Stars and Strikes bowling alley is hosting free bowling for kids. Register and start counting strikes!
Explore the moon, watch some stars, and learn all about the planets. The Fern Bank Science Center has interactive exhibits for science-loving families. The center hosts a number of events throughout the summer, including Moon Fest. Admission to the center is free. To see a show in the planetarium, there is a cost of $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids aged 3-18.
Another beat-the-heat activity comes in the form of free skating at the Sparkles Family Fun Centers in Kennesaw, Smyrna, and Lawrenceville. Admission is free admission from 4:00PM-9:00PM on Thursday evenings. Skate rental is an additional $4.
Informative and fun, the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield and National Park will take your kids on a tour through history while keeping them active. The park has a Junior Ranger booklet available at the park or online to download. The kids can hunt for information and spend the day learning. Parking and entrance are free. A shuttle bus to the top of the mountain is available on weekends, and comes at the low cost of $3 for adults, $1.50 for children aged 6-11, and free for children under 5.
Bring your favorite character to life or create a new friend! On the first Saturday of every month, Fulton County residents can explore the magical world of the theater! The Center for Puppetry Arts is dedicated to showcasing famous puppets and promoting puppet arts. The Create-A-Puppet Workshop is offered a discount.
Stargazing and entertainment become one when you take your family to a movie under the stars. The movies are being shown in various parks across Atlanta, so take your pick and bring a blanket! Some of the locations will even have live music and food vendors. See the complete list of movies and parks.
Atlanta is bustling during the summer months. A couple of free activities around town will entice you and your kids get out to enjoy the sunshine or learn some new skills.
Woodruff Park hosts an outdoor library of sorts with their Woodruff Park Reading Room. Shelves with books, comics, and magazines are available to all eager bookworms. The Reading Room is open from 11:00AM-5:00PM on weekdays, from April to October.
Your kids will never complain about learning again. The Microsoft YouthSpark Summer Camps are free workshops for kids interested in our high-tech world. The workshops focus on game coding, designing, movie making, and photography. They’re hosted at the Lenox Square Mall and are completely free of charge. Sign up below and get coding!
Atlanta has a number of exciting festivals throughout the year. Here are a few of the upcoming family friendly festivals.
Ice Cream Festival
Your children are sure to remember the fun times had at this Atlanta Festival. The Ice Cream Festival will feature ice cream vendors as well as healthy fitness activities. Teach your kids about staying active and enjoying this yummy dessert.
Saturday July 26, 2014 from 11:00AM-6:00PM in Piedmont Park
Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
Families need look no further than the kid’s zone at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival. Crafts, performers, and games in the park will bring kids together of all ages for loads of family fun.
August 23-24, 2014 in Grant Park