Atlanta’s museums and major attractions are introducing kids to fun and educational environments at an early age. Spend time with your baby or toddler making music, being artistic, or staying active.

Little Acorns
The Plaza at Avalon / Every Tues. through Oct. 10 a.m.-noon.
Face painting, storytime, crafts, character visits and more for preschoolers.
The Details: Free. Alpharetta; 770-765-1000.

Toddler Tuesdays: Preschool Playshop
Center for Puppetry Arts / Select Tues. 10 and 11:30 a.m.
Workshops for ages 2-4 featuring reading activities, fingerplays and puppet-making to help build toddler motor and social skills.
The Details: Adults and children age 2 and older, $10.50; younger than 2, free. Atlanta; 404-873-3391.

Tot Spot
Atlantic Station’s Central Park / Every Tues. through Sept. 10 a.m.-noon.
Atlantic Station becomes a playground on Tuesdays for toddlers, with games, storytelling, toys, music and special guest appearances.
The Details: Free. Atlanta; 404-410-4010.

Toddler Time
LEGOLAND Discovery Center / Every Tues. 10 a.m.
Guided play and storytime for toddlers in the DUPLO Village.
After storytime, toddlers can stay and play as long as they wish inside the attraction.
The Details: $11.95 per person; ages 2 and younger, free. Atlanta; 404-848-9252.

Learn About History

Magic Mondays
Atlanta History Center / Second Mon. of each month. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
A different theme each month lets parents and children explore history together, with hands-on activities including arts and crafts projects, music and storytime. Ages 18 months to 5 years.
The Details: Adults, $6.50; children, $5.50. Atlanta; 404-814-4000.

Mice Tours
Marietta Museum of History / Second Wed. of every month. 10:30 a.m.
Mascots Murray and Etta mouse introduce history through tours, storytime and crafts for ages 3-5. Reservations required.
The Details: $5 per family (one adult and up to three children). Marietta; 770-794-5710.

Mommy and Me Preschool Program
Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
Every Thurs. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Explore the museum’s history with themes and educational activities for ages 3-5.
The Details: Adults, $7.50; ages 4-12, $5.50; 3 and younger, free. Kennesaw; 770-427-2117.

Welcome Wednesdays
The DeKalb History Center / Second Wed. of each month. 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Children will listen to a story and work on an art project based on that program’s theme.
The Details: Ages 2-5 and one adult, $6. Decatur; 404-373-1088.

Second Thursday Program
Southeastern Railway Museum / Second Thurs. of each month at 10:20 a.m.-noon
A vehicle-themed class with five components, 15 minutes each, including games, stories and songs, activity and crafts. Ages 2-4. Advanced registration preferred.
The Details: $10 per child, one adult free, additional adult, $12. Duluth; 770-495-0253.

Get Artsy

Toddler Thursdays
High Museum of Art / Every Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Create masterpieces to complement the museum’s current exhibits. Recommended for ages 2-4.
The Details: Free with admission. 6 and older, $14.50; 5 and younger, free. Atlanta; 404-733-4400.

Toddler Fridays
Hudgens Center for the Arts / Last Fri. of every month. 10:30 a.m.-noon
Hands-on art activities, music and storytime for ages 1-4 led by a retired art educator.
The Details: $7/child; $5 each additional child. Duluth; 770-623-6002.

Explore Nature

Preschool Adventures
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve / Select Tues. and Fri. Sept.-May 10-11 a.m.
Kids ages 3-6 learn about the natural environment of Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. Adventures might include a walk and hands-on activity or craft.
Advance registration preferred.
The Details: Adults, free; $10 per child. Johns Creek; 678-366-3511.

Garden Stories
Smith-Gilbert Gardens / June 14 and 28. 10:30 a.m.
Story on a garden-related topic, crafts and more for ages 3-6.
The Details: Adults and children ages 2 and older, $7. Kennesaw; 770-919-0248.

Garden Grooves
Atlanta Botanical Garden / Every Thurs. through Oct. 10:30-12:30 p.m.
Get ready to wiggle and warble in the Children’s Garden Amphitheater to songs and dances for ages 2-5. The Garden also offers Garden Playtime and Storybook time.
The Details: Included with admission, adults, $21.95; ages 3-12, $15.95; ages 2 and younger, free. Atlanta; 404-876-5859.

Tadpole Tales/Tree Top Tales
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
June 10, 11:45 a.m.; June 17, 11:30 a.m.; July 1, 11:30 a.m.; July 15, 11:45 a.m.
Preschoolers will enjoy a story with a Fernbank educator along with an activity or song.
The Details: Included with admission, adults $18; ages 3-12, $16; 2 and younger, free. Atlanta; 404-929-6300.

Adventure Cubs
Zoo Atlanta
First Wed. of each month. Select Sat. 10-11 a.m.
Go on a Zoo tour, explore and play at interactive learning stations and meet an animal ambassador up-close. The hands-on program allows you to explore different toddler-friendly concepts about animals. Ages 3 and 4. Registration required. The Zoo also offers Stroller Cubs for ages infant-2 years.
The Details: $24 for one adult/child pair includes Zoo admission. Atlanta; 404-624-5822.

Get Moving

Toddler Time
Sky Zone trampoline parks offer special jump times for ages 5 and younger.
The Details: Suwanee, Roswell, Kennesaw, McDonough or Newnan. Check each location for schedule and prices.

HippoHop
Mon.-Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
This indoor play place has an eco-friendly indoor play area, a café with healthy choices and a large toddler area.
The Details: Ages 3-10, $9; ages 1-2, $5; younger than 1, free. Atlanta; 404-634-4964.

Tiny Tots
Sparkles Skating Rinks
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Kids younger than age 5 using ride-on toys and skates are welcome on the skate floor or in the bounce house.
The Details: Kennesaw, Smyrna, Hiram and Lawrenceville. See website for dates. $5-$8 with lunch.

Just You and Me
Jump Start Gymnasium
This Sandy Springs gym offers classes for ages 3 months to 4 years. Classes range from parent and child with introductions to movements and music to gymnastics classes starting at age 3. The 3 months to crawling class, “Moving Monkeys,” is free and other classes vary in price.
The Details: Sandy Springs; 404-252-5867. See website for schedule and pricing.

The Little Gym
Parent and child programs from 4 months to 3 years with chances to play with musical instruments, climb on smaller gym equipment and dance. Gymnastics classes starting at age 3.
The Details: Smyrna, Johns Creek and Snellville

Buddy & Me Gymnastics
Champion Kids
You and your child are led through obstacles to learn basic gymnastics skills and better prepare for without-parent classes. Ages 15 months to 2.5 years.
The Details: 1465 Canton Rd. Ste. 100, Marietta. 770-874-5200. See website for schedule and pricing.

Oh Baby! Fitness
Founded in Atlanta, Oh Baby! Fitness offers classes for moms-to-be and mom and baby where mom can get fit and baby can participate. Classes include Mom and Baby Fitness, H2OH Baby!, Mom & Baby Fitness, Mom & Baby Pilates, Mom & Baby Yoga and a Stroller Workout.
The Details: Classes are offered at Piedmont Park, Candler Park and Grant Park among other Atlanta locations. Registration required, see website for schedule.

Fit4Mom: Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre
Fit4Mom offers two stroller classes for working out with your baby. Stroller Strides involves cardio with intervals of strength training to build endurance for motherhood. Stroller Barre combines elements of barre, pilates and ballet to build strength through smaller movements.
The Details: Workouts are available at Sweet Apple Village Roswell and Avalon in Alpharetta. Registration required, see website for schedule.

Get Splashing

It gets really hot during Atlanta summers – stay cool and learn swim skills with these programs.

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools
Swim lessons for ages 4 months and older. From infant safety classes to swimming technique classes, you can start your child young.
The Details: Alpharetta, Kennesaw, Douglasville and Atlanta (opening fall 2017).

Dynamo Swim Club
Dynababies classes are for ages 6 -36 months in a heated pool; these introductory classes help get baby comfortable in the water. Preschool classes are for ages 3 and 4 to work on basic swim skills.
The Details: Seven Atlanta locations. See website for schedule and pricing.

Goldfish Swim School
Year-round swim lessons for children 4 months to 12 years and for swimmers of all abilities. The pool is even heated to a warm 90 degrees for year-round swimming.
The Details: Johns Creek; 770-744-0250. See website schedule and pricing.

Create Some Tunes

Kindermusik
Children can learn about music and movement, storytelling and imaginative play. Classes for infants to age 7.
The Details: Dunwoody, Symrna, Roswell, Johns Creek and Lawrenceville. See website for schedule and pricing.

The Learning Groove
Decatur, Candler Park and Buckhead
Parent and child classes for singing, dancing, playing and making music for ages newborn to 4 years.  The Learning Groove was created by the author of the first four “Pete the Cat” books, Eric Litwin.
The Details: Classes are also offered in some area preschools. See website for schedule and pricing.

The Music Class
Children up to age 6 and parents sing, dance, move and learn to play instruments in classes grouped by age level.
The Details: 15 Atlanta locations. See website for schedule and pricing.

Gymboree Play & Music
Gymboree offers a fun place for parents and young children to play together. Several classes appeal to parents. The 0-6 months class explores the senses and supports visual and auditory development with tummy time, flashlight play, first songs and more. Music, art, preschool steps, family and school skills classes are also available for ages 2-5 years.

Other Ideas

Model Train Garden
Gainesville Botanical Garden
Tues.-Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  March-Oct. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov.-Feb.
Calling all train-loving children, visit the Model Train Garden to play with toy trains and watch the model train go around the tracks.
The Details: Included with admission. Adults, $8; ages 3-12, $5; ages 2 and younger, free. Gainesville; 404-888-4760.

TinyTowne
Your car enthusiast will love getting to drive around in small cars and watch big kids drive in larger ones. Ages 1-3 can learn to hold onto the steering wheel and ages 3-6 can drive a freely-moving vehicle on the Tiny Track.
The Details: Norcross; 470-545-7227.

Local Libraries
Libraries are ideal, free places to visit with toddlers. Not only do you encourage picking up a book and reading from a young age, most metro libraries schedule weekly storytimes, craft activities and even puppet shows. Visit your local library’s website for a calendar of events.

Decatur Toy Park
Scooters, tricycles, small slides, push cars galore – this toy park is filled with toys families have donated, and is a great place for toddlers to play. The sidewalk “track,” which runs along the edges is great for riding all types of plastic toys, which are readily available all over the grass and mulch area.
The Details: First Christian Church, Decatur.

Year-Round Fun

These two museums take toddler time to the next level, with engaging exhibits and displays to delight any child.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Kids can climb aboard a John Deere tractor, try milking a cow or play chef in the diner. Resuming in the fall, kids ages 2-5 can also participate in Tiny Club Mondays to become a Tiny Artist, Tiny Foodie, Tiny Maker or Tiny Scientist.
The Details: $14.95 per person. Atlanta; 404-659-5437.

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, Inc.
Toddlers will love pretending to fly in an airplane, checking out x-rays on a light board, pretending to be a dentist or learning how to handle money. INK allows for many role-playing experiences.
The Details: Mon.-Sat. $8 per person. Sun. $6 per person. Gainesville; 770-536-1900.

The Children’s Museum, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Alliance Theatre for the Very Young also have great toddler programs that resume in the fall. Check websites for schedule of events.

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