by Kate Wallace
Staying in town for Spring Break? There are plenty of ways to keep your kids entertained that won’t break the bank. Hey, they might even learn a few things too! You’ll find new traveling exhibits that complement the permanent collections at both the Children’s Museum (“Body Carnival”) and Fernbank Museum of Natural History (“Extreme Mammals”). The weather’s warming up to make for a dandy day at Zoo Atlanta. Want to go for a walk or a hike? We suggest paths and trails at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Sweetwater Creek State Park. Enjoy all that Atlanta has to offer with these great spring break ideas below.
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain
Through April 13. Daily, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; 8:30 p.m. laser show
Kids can enjoy all the great attractions including Geyser Towers, Wacky Wonderland, Campfire Corner and the Wildlife Wonders’ Animal Babies show. Also, watch a 4-D movie, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.” Stay to catch the “Lasershow Spectacular.”
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center
2020 Clean Water Dr., Buford
Now through April 28. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
This exhibit follows the misadventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and friends as they explore the natural world. Learn about the comic strip “Peanuts” and its creator Charles Schulz through his artwork. Exhibit includes videos and interactive stations.
Tellus Science Museum
100 Tellus Dr., Cartersville
Now through April 7. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Enjoy a day of learning even though it’s spring break! Parents and kids can ponder some of “accidental inventions” that have sprung from space exploration. Technologies such as firefighting gear, water guns and artificial heart pumps are among products that have come to us via space-age technologies.
April 5-8. Fri., noon-10:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Mon., noon-8 p.m.
The NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball games will take place at the Georgia Dome, and tons of family-friendly activities are scheduled throughout the four days. Each day in the Georgia World Congress Center, kids can enter “Bracket Town” and partake in basketball clinics, autograph signings and competitions. In Centennial Olympic Park, all ages can enjoy a free music festival with big names like Zac Brown Band, Sting, Dave Matthews Band and more. Retired basketball stars including Clyde Drexler, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and others are scheduled for autograph sessions throughout the weekend.
Fernbank Science Center
156 Heaton Park Dr. NE, Atlanta
Note: The center is open this week, but will be closed April 8-13; see regular hours below.
April 6-May 18. Mon.-Wed., noon- 5 p.m., Thurs.-Fri., noon-9 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Learn about experiments and exploration at the International Space Station. And folks, there is no charge for entrance to this science center.
The High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
Sundays through May 12. 1-4 p.m.
Kids can explore and discover their own artistic inspiration as they learn about iconic artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera with the help of a bilingual tour guide. After the special family-friendly tour of Frida and Diego, visit the High’s education center, where kids can try their hand at creating self-portraits, mini piñatas and more.
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta
April 11-May 26. Show times vary.
The mischievous Brer Rabbit and his friends gather to sing an early morning ditty. But competition gets the best of them when the gang starts to battle for bragging rights. Audience members will receive a coupon for free admission to the Wren’s Nest, where Joel Chandler Harris first wrote many of the historic Brer Rabbit tales.