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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some offerings are virtual or may have limited admission to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Check the website to verify schedules, mask requirements and safety protocols.

Museums and Attractions

Children’s Museum of Atlanta
This hands-on museum has plenty of places to explore and play. On Messy Thursdays, toddlers can finger paint, create, and learn about science. Toddler Jam Fridays feature music-making and dancing. Check the CMA website for times and dates. Advance ticket purchase is required, 2-hour timed visits.

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, Inc.
Interactive Neighborhood for Kids: Toddlers will love flying in an airplane, shopping for groceries, playing dentist, making music, and exploring the dairy farm at this hands-on museum. Playtimes can be booked in two-hour increments.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Midtown Location: Garden Playtime (Tuesdays from July-October) has creative activities designed to connect young children to the natural world. Garden Grooves (Thursdays from March-October) has nature-inspired musical instruments to play and sing with. Visit the Children’s Garden to explore kid-friendly exhibits and activities. Storybook Time (Wednesdays March-Oct) features nature-themed books. Purchase timed entry tickets online.
Gainesville Location: The Ada Mae Pass Ivester Children’s Garden has interactive water features, a fairyland trolley, and play structures. Purchase timed entry tickets online. 

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Fernbank’s Story Time for ages 1-6 includes a story and special demonstration – it’s included with admission on select Mondays and Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. The NatureQuest indoor play area is a great hands-on experience that immerses kids in science and nature. Outdoor places to play include the Dinosaur Plaza, Fernbank Forest and WildWoods trails. Purchase timed entry tickets online.

Zoo Atlanta
The Adventure Cubs program for ages 5 and younger teaches young explorers about a new animal while making friends and connecting to wildlife. Plus, get up-close and personal with hundreds of animals, including giraffes, pandas, reptiles, gorillas and more. Don’t miss elephants Kelly and Tara, and Mumbles the White Rhinoceros, visit the Petting Zoo, and take a ride on the Zoo Train and Endangered Species Carousel.  Online ticket purchase is recommended.

Southeastern Railway Museum
Trains, trains and more trains – nearly 90 of them – are on display at the Southeastern Railway Museum. rains, trains and more trains! Explore locomotives, cabooses, passenger cars and more; admission includes a train ride. The monthly preschool program for ages 2-4 has crafts, stories and games.

The Georgia Aquarium
There’s plenty to see and do at the Georgia Aquarium – sharks, whales, otters, birds and hundreds of species of fish. Walk through an underwater tunnel and see aquatic life through a 25-foot viewing window, take in the sea lion show, and touch a ray in the petting area. Purchase timed entry tickets online.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center
This fun LEGO playground has a special Duplo Village just for toddlers ages 2-5, with oversized bricks for stacking, building and sorting. There’s also a slide and oversized animal models.

The Southern Museum
Mommy & Me, the museum’s preschool program, is designed for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers, and takes place on select Thursdays each month. Each week has a different theme with story time, a movement activity and art. One-hour classes begin at 10 a.m. and noon and the program is included with admission.

Alliance Theatre
Alliance’s Theatre for the Very Young Program features engaging, professional-level performances designed for kids ages 5 and younger. Choose from in-person and virtual formats.

Center for Puppetry Arts
Live and online puppet shows such as “Mother Goose” and “Pete the Cat” are fun takes on classic stories; check the calendar for show dates and times. Purchase timed entry tickets online to visit the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, where you’ll see puppets and costumes from Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and more.

Atlantic Station Tot Spot
Tot Spot, held on the Green at Atlantic Station, happens every second Tuesday of the month through September. Kids 5 and younger can enjoy story time, a sing-along, yoga and snacks. The program is from 10 a.m.-noon.

It’s Art!

The High Museum of Art
The museum’s Toddler Thursdays feature a weekly topic and related artwork, art-making, activities and a tour for ages 3 and younger. One-hour sessions begin at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.; pre-registration is required. Saturday Toddler Tours occur on the first Saturday of the month (open to museum members only). Every second Sunday of the month, admission to the museum is free. Reserve timed-entry tickets online.

Hudgens Center for Arts and Learning
Offered on the last Friday of every month, Toddler Fridays include music, story time, craft making, and movement, from 10:30 a.m.-noon). Register online.

The Art Barn at Morning Glory Farm
Open by reservation only, this adorable farm in Canton mixes art and farm animals. Children can take a hay ride, pet the animals and then head over to the barn to do arts and crafts.

Purple Elephant Art Studio
Known as “The Pea Studio” in Marietta, this art venue currently offers a variety of in-home and virtual classes. Little Art Explorers, designed for ages 2-5, encourages creative development and promotes fine motor skills. Register online.

Ready Set Fun!

Play Places for Babies and Toddlers

HippoHop
This indoor play place in Atlanta has an eco-friendly indoor play area, a café with healthy choices and a large toddler area.

Ready Set Fun!
This modern indoor playground has lots of toddler spaces, including a Soft Play Adventure area for kids 6 months and older. Ages 2 and older can play in the Imagination Sandbox, create art that comes alive, and play in the Just Dance! playroom. Reserve 90-minute playtime sessions online.

Buddy’s Indoor Playhouse
Kids 6 months to 6 years will love this indoor activity center. A soft play zone is designed just for toddlers; they can also play on the toddler driving track, explore the climbing areas, role play and experience exploration stations. Call ahead to verify hours and playtimes.

Kids Land
A town village, art studio, toys, magnetic table, train tables and more offer toddlers plenty of options for play at Kids Land. Climb, jump and explore on the play structures or role play in the home living area.

Jumping World
Toddlers will burn off plenty of energy at this family entertainment center. The park offers a safe and monitored space just for them, with foam blocks, balls, trampolines and more.

Sky Zone
This indoor trampoline park has a Toddler Zone, where young children can jump and be active away from the bigger kids. Check each location for availability, schedule and prices.

Get Air
This indoor park has trampolines, play structures and more, with a special Kiddie Court area where younger kids can jump and play. (under 46”). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon is Toddler Time, when the facility is open only to those under 46.”

Music Classes for Babies and Toddlers

Bach to Rock
Designed just for toddlers, the Rock n Roll class is a weekly high-energy music and movement class, with sing alongs, instruments and group activities. Classes are also offered virtually.

The Music Class
The popular Music Pups class for ages 4 and younger is packed with singing, dancing, movement and instrument play. Times and dates options by location.

European School of Music and Chess
Mommy and Me “Learning Groove” program for ages birth-4 years include music games, songs, dances, exercises & fairy tales with music and nature themes.

Kindermusik
Children can learn about music and movement, storytelling and imaginative play through virtual and in-person classes for infants-age 7.

The Learning Groove
Virtual parent and child classes and CDs for singing, dancing, playing and making music, perfect for ages 4 and younger.

Gymboree Play & Music
Music and play classes for all ages are specifically designed for early childhood development, encouraging children to play, explore and learn.

Small Steps Music
Music therapy, private classes and lessons, workshops and summer programs for ages 6 weeks and older. Choose from in-home, in-clinic or virtual sessions.

Swim Classes for Babies and Toddlers

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools
From infant safety classes to swimming technique classes, you can start your child young as young as 4 months here. Five metro Atlanta locations.

Big Blue Swim School
The Baby Blue program, for ages 3 months to 3 years, is designed with skills and activities that give children a greater sense of comfort and confidence in the water.

Dynamo Swim Club
Dynababies classes are for 6 months-2 years in a heated pool; these introductory classes help get baby comfortable in the water. Preschool classes are for ages 3-5 to work on basic swim skills (several Atlanta locations).

Goldfish Swim School
With three metro Atlanta locations, Goldfish offers year-round swim lessons for children 4 months-12 years and for swimmers of all abilities.

SeaVentures
This Alpharetta swim school in Alpharetta has lessons for kids as young as 10 months (with parents in the water through age 3); they also have a free Baby Splash Class for babies ages 3-9 months old.

SafeSplash Swim School
SafeSplash offers private and semi-private lessons for all ages, including Infant and toddler swim classes for kids 6 months-3 years. Four locations make scheduling easy.

British Swim School
British Swim School’s Tadpole class is designed for kids 3 months-3 years and introduces them to the water for the first time, reducing fear and the potential for tears. Multiple Atlanta locations.

Nature Experiences for Babies and Toddlers

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve
On select Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. (check their calendar), Autrey Mill’s Preschool Adventures encourage kids ages 3-6 to learn about the natural world. Adventures include a story, hands-on activity and craft. Advance registration preferred.

Dunwoody Nature Center
This 22-acre nature center has so much to see and do – miles of trails and native gardens, a wetlands boardwalk, and much more – and admission is free. The playground has an area just for toddlers. At the center’s Mommy and Me Nature Program, toddlers and their caregiver can explore the park with a naturalist and enjoy themed activities.

Chattahoochee Nature Center
Along with an ever-changing list of family-friendly activities, this Roswell gem has a monthly Pee Wee Naturalist program for ages 3-4. Designed to encourage an appreciation of nature, kids can explore the center with a CNC naturalist, get an up-close look at wildlife, and do an art activity. Check the calendar for dates and pricing.

Scottsdale Farms
This family-friendly garden center has pigs, goats, chickens, cows and fish for kids to meet; check their website for toddler and preschool events.

Fitness and Gymnastics for Babies and Toddlers

Sparkles Family Fun Center
Kids younger than age 5 may use ride-on toys and skates on the roller skating rink or play in the bounce house during Sparkles’ Tiny Tots events. Check the online calendar.

Jump Start Gymnasium
This Sandy Springs gym offers Just You and Me, classes for ages 3 months to 4 years. Themes include movement, music and introduction to gymnastics. The 3 months to crawling class, Moving Monkeys, is free; other classes vary in price.

The Little Gym
Children can enjoy 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 start at age 3.

Champion Kids
At this Marietta gym’s Buddy and Me class, parents and kids (ages 15 months to 2.5 years) are led through obstacles to learn basic gymnastics skills and better prepare for without-parent classes.

Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education
Creative Movement for ages 1-7 is offered with virtual and in-person options. A variety of classes introduce children to music, teach beginner dance skills and enhance body awareness, coordination and confidence.

See the Animals

North Georgia Wildlife Park
This Cleveland park has a drive-through safari experience as well as a petting zoo, where kids can interact with miniature farm animals. Take a guided wildlife walk and see kangaroos, lemurs, foxes, alligators, a giant tortoise and more.

Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary
This 25-acre attraction has plenty of wildlife, including bison, peacocks, pigs, wallabies, sheep and lemurs. Visit the petting zoo or purchase a bag of lettuce and carrots to feed the deer, goats, bunnies and alpaca.

Zoo Atlanta
The Adventure Cubs program for ages 5 and younger teaches young explorers about a new animal while making friends and connecting to wildlife. Plus, get up-close and personal with hundreds of animals, including giraffes, pandas, reptiles, gorillas and more. Don’t miss elephants Kelly and Tara, and Mumbles the White Rhinoceros, visit the Petting Zoo, and take a ride on the Zoo Train and Endangered Species Carousel.  Online ticket purchase is recommended.

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