250 Fun Things To Do in Atlanta With Kids
Whether you’re visiting Atlanta or you’re an Atlanta native, there are so many reasons to love our city. Don’t miss our 250 things to do with kids in Atlanta. From top museums to the best thrill-seeker attractions, from quirky spots to the best restaurants for kids, we have tons of ideas to keep kids happy.
Metro Atlanta attractions are operating under different conditions or offering alternative at-home programs to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Please check websites for new operating rules and procedures.
Summer Bucket List
Due to COVID-19, attractions are operating under different conditions. Most require advance ticket purchase; check the website for special hours and policies.
- Zoo Atlanta – Meet animals of all kinds, and stroll through the new African Savanna to explore The Ford African Rain Forest. Experience dynamic cultures from around the world during Wild World Weekend July 25-26.
- Children’s Museum of Atlanta – Play smart, play safe at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Now open with limited-capacity daily play sessions and new safety policy procedures. Check out CMA at Home for new activities daily for fun learning activities.
- Chattahoochee Nature Center – Enjoy trails, exhibits, programs and events on 127 acres of forest, wetland and river habitat. See beautiful butterflies at Butterfly Encounter through Aug. 2.
- Creative Discovery Museum – Open for play and exploration in downtown Chattanooga. When you’re ready, it’s a play date!
- SkyView Atlanta – You can see Atlanta from here. Towering 20 stories over Centennial Park, SkyView features 42 private gondolas. The staff is committed to providing a fun and safe environment for families.
- Southeastern Railway Museum – Take a trip through history – ride behind an antique locomotive on historic cabooses, view classic passenger and freight cars.
- Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History – Visit the famous General locomotive and view Civil War artifacts.The Jolley Education Center offers numerous hands-on and interactive exhibits that are fun for the entire family.
- Adventure Air Sports – Swing on a trapeze into a foam pit, jump on trampoline areas, or challenge friends to the large ninja warrior obstacle course.
- Anniston Museum and Gardens – Travel back in time, discover Alabama, learn more about animals and cultures, see rare weapons, take a historical look at WWI and WWII and more at the Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum. Longleaf Botanical Garden is open to the public every third Thursday of the month.
- The Rock Ranch – Fun in the summertime is every Thursday-Saturday this summer at The Rock Ranch – enjoy food, fun and family.
For more summer fun, check out these attractions now open in Atlanta.
Virtual Activities for this Summer
- ATL Museums at Home – Visit Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta History Center, William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, College Football Hall of Fame, Fernbank Museum, Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum, National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Zoo Atlanta virtually with free programming, special content and a “Field Trip Friday.”
- Heritage Sandy Springs Museum and Park – Join their Facebook painting workshops.
- Children’s Museum of Atlanta – Check out Children Museum of Atlanta’s blog featuring an at-home activity, a vocabulary list and a YouTube playlist or book recommendation to support learning through play.
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – Go behind-the-scenes at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and listen to performances on their YouTube channel. They’re also hosting live watch parties on Facebook.
- Tellus Science Museum – Tellus Science Museum offers past lectures, live streams and crafts on their YouTube.
- The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum – Take a virtual tour of The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, where you’ll start in the Oval Office. On Facebook, they’ve posted an accompanying scavenger hunt for the virtual tour.
- Atlanta History Center – View Atlanta History Center’s online exhibitions: “Atlanta in 50 Objects” and “More than Self: Living the Vietnam War.” They’re also sharing a Museum at Home program.
- High Museum of Art – Take a virtual tour of the High Museum of Art, and get creative with the art activities they’re publishing on their blog.
- National Center for Civil and Human Rights – Check out the National Center for Civil and Human Rights’ podcasts, where they discuss activism, history and human rights concerns with leaders in civil and human rights. They have also launched a Power to Inspire: Virtual Series.
- The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum – The Breman Museum is sharing digital content, such as lesson plans, archived stories and highlights from past Bearing Witnesses.
- Museum of Design – MODA has online workshops and meetups for ages 8-18 for a nominal fee; scholarships are available.
- The World of Coca-Cola – The World of Coca-Cola has a teacher toolkit you can use with activities related to educational standards.
- Atlanta Contemporary – Atlanta Contemporary is offering a virtual tour of the exhibition “The Life and Death of Charles Williams” and the current Project Spaces.
- Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta – PJ Library Atlanta shares live concerts, storytimes, virtual scavenger hunts, cooking demos, magic shows and more on Facebook.
- MJCCA – MJCCA offers daily camp classes for kids, workouts, sing-a-longs, virtual book festival events and more on their website.
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center – LEGOLAND Discovery Center is sharing on Facebook daily build challenges, behind-the-scenes videos, trivia nights and more.
- William Root House Museum and Garden – Check out their online exhibition, “Power of Plants,” to see plants and herbs used for medicinal purposes.
- Museum of Aviation – Museum of Aviation has STEM videos, at-home activities, this day in history facts and more on Facebook.
- Booth Western Art Museum – Booth Western Art Museum has fun and educational activities for kids with current and past exhibitions, art activities, presidential activities and more. On Facebook, every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., look at artwork from the Museum’s collection and an art lesson.
- The Battery ATL – Take a virtual yoga class with The Battery ATL on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park – Go on a virtual tour of where Martin Luther King, Jr. lived.
- Tiny Doors ATL – Tiny Doors ATL is offering downloadable coloring pages on their Instagram.
- Zoo Atlanta – Watch how the pandas spend their time with Panda Cam. Learn about the other animals at the Zoo with their educational at-home resources.
- Georgia Aquarium – See what the jellyfish, sea otters, puffins, penguins, sea lions, beluga whales and more are up to live. Watch videos about the team and how they care for the animals at the Aquarium, and learn more about STEAM initiatives with these videos.
- Atlanta Botanical Garden – Atlanta Botanical Garden is posting panoramic and 3D photos on their Facebook to share spring blooms. Find at-home activities on their website.
- Blue Heron Nature Preserve – Watch live lessons on nature with Backyard Naturalists on Facebook.
- Smith-Gilbert Gardens – See storytimes and videos of flowers and trails at Smith-Gilbert Gardens on Facebook.
- Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites – Check out Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, eRanger program with educational videos, virtual field trips, activity sheets and more.
- Elm Street Cultural Arts Village – Watch storytimes, interviews, how-to’s and more with community members, actors and Lantern Series artists.
- Center for Puppetry Arts – Center for Puppetry Arts @ Home Digital Learning platform is live streaming shows, curriculum-based workshops and virtual museum tours.
- The Dad’s Garage – With The Dad’s Garage Social Distancing Spectacular, see streamed live shows, podcasts, improv and more.
- Aurora Theatre – Aurora Theatre’s Digital Series offers crafting, storytimes and activities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Atlanta Lyric Theatre – Watch dance audition videos and actor’s spotlights on Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Facebook.
Top Playgrounds and Splash Pads
- Centennial Olympic Park – Dance in the iconic Fountain of Rings – the largest interactive fountain in the world.
- Piedmont Park – Take a stroll, splash at the Legacy Fountain, or enjoy the fun playgrounds at the crown jewel of parks in Atlanta.
- Historic Fourth Ward Park – Make a splash at this park that draws families with playground structures, splash pad, and open green spaces.
- Atlanta Botanical Garden – Wonder through the paths of fragrant and bright flowers and enjoy the Children’s Garden and spray fountain.
- Children’s Museum of Atlanta – Be a Waffle House cook for the day and play in moon sand at this fun museum.
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History – See huge dinosaur skeletons, cool science exhibits, and explore outdoor playgrounds and nature viewing vistas.
- Chick-fil-A Fan College Football Hall of Fame – See memorabilia from football greats and try your hand in the Skill Zone at this college football fan’s paradise.
- Tellus Science Museum – Explore a huge collection of vehicles and enjoy hands-on scientific fun in Cartersville
- High Museum of Art – Admire art from different time periods and kid-friendly programs and special exhibits.
- MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta) – Explore all things design showcasing innovations in engineering, art, 3D printing, and robotics.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Center – Visit Dr. King’s his birth home, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and Freedom Hall.
- Atlanta History Center – Explore our city and state’s history from the perspective of Civil War soldiers, Native Americans, and civil rights leaders.
- Center for Civil and Human Rights – Connect the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements with powerful imagery, artifacts and activities.
- Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum – Walk into a life-scale replica of the Oval Office and more interactive exhibits displays about President Jimmy Carter.
- Wren’s Nest – Tour the home of author Joel Chandler Harris, where he penned Brer Rabbit tales.
Free Things to Do
- Atlanta BeltLine – See Atlanta in a new way with trails, walkways, shops, and playgrounds connecting local neighborhoods.
- Georgia Capitol Museum – Tour the “Gold Dome” and learn about Georgia’s history and government.
- Fernbank Science Center – Bask in the 4K resolution laser system as you learn about the solar system.
Not-to-Miss Family Attractions
- Zoo Atlanta – Meet animals of all species or climb high above like tree-dwelling animals in the new Treetop Trail.
- Georgia Aquarium – Enjoy the dolphin and sea lion shows and thousands of of fish and sea life.
- World of Coca-Cola – Visit The Vault, sing along to Coke commercials, and taste drinks from around the globe.
- SkyView Atlanta – Take in the great panoramic view 20 stories above Centennial Olympic Park.
Transportation Attractions for Kids
- Atlanta Streetcar – Experience downtown in a new way by riding the streetcar.
- Delta Museum – Experience the rich history of Atlanta’s hometown airline and get up-close and personal with some massive airplanes.
- MARTA – Avoid the hassle of driving to well-known attractions, popular events and off-the-beaten path adventures.
- Southeastern Railway Museum – See about 90 items of rolling stock including historic Pullman cars, vintage buses, and classic steam locomotives.
- The Southern Museum – Experience the history of railroads in the South through models and hands-on activities.
- The Varsity – What’ll ya have? No visit to Atlanta is complete without a meal at The Varsity.
- Ponce City Market – Once an Sears distribution center, PCM is now full of delicious eateries and popular shops.
- The Colonnade – Serving up delicious fried chicken – and plenty of other Southern classics – since 1927!
- Sweet Auburn Curb Market – Foodies will love the options from barbecue to crepes to soul food. Kids can indulge in burgers and dogs, too.
- Original Chick-fil-A Dwarf House – Grab a chicken sandwich and fresh lemonade at the first restaurant in the vast CFA empire.
Theatre for Kids
- The Center for Puppetry Arts – See a world-class puppet show and puppetry exhibits from different eras and countries, including lots of Muppets!
- Alliance Theatre – Catch a show for kids 0-5 as well as performances for older children and teens.
- Serenbe – This rural planned community has a chill vibe and fun outdoor theatre shows.
- Chattahoochee Nature Center – Explore the Chattahoochee River watershed through exhibits, live animal habitats and hands-on fun.
- Gibbs Garden – View over 20 million daffodils of 100 different varieties.
- Dunwoody Nature Center – Climb trees, slide down the great playground, play with the frogs or romp up the river bank.
- Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area – Two massive granite outcrops and dozens of rare plants provide plenty of views along the way.
Activities for Teenagers
- Escape Rooms Atlanta – Bring problem-solving skills and a can-do attitude to an outing at an escape room.
- Get Spooked – Walk around old mansions, cemeteries and paranormal hot spots for spooky frights.
Action Packed Things to Do
- Six Flags Over Georgia– Thrill-seekers looking to soar on roller coasters, or those looking for a more tame adventure, will love this park.
- Indoor Skydiving at iFly – Thoroughly enjoy the adrenaline rush of indoor skydiving on Cobb Parkway in Atlanta.
Quirky Things to Do
- Oakland Cemetery– Walks through the historic cemetery to reveal the rich history behind each gravestone.
- Hunt for Tiny and Secret Doors– Go on a family scavenger hunt for the tiny and hidden doors of Atlanta.
- TinyTowne Drive Safely – Kids will have a blast driving miniature cars of all shapes and sizes.
- The StarLight Drive-In – Metro Atlanta’s only drive-in theater shows films on multiple screens.
- Ponce City Market – Browse top-notch shops including big names like JCrew and smaller stores like Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop.
- IKEA at Atlantic Station – Parents love IKEA for its functional, affordable furniture, and kids love its play area (Småland) and yummy snacks.
- CNN Center – Tour the CNN studios and the learn about the creation of live global news broadcasts.
- Atlanta Movie Tours – Get the inside scoop on the film industry in Georgia.
- Braves Truist Park – From the children’s area to a huge Braves symbol made of LEGOs, there is so much to do before the first pitch.
- Atlanta United – Get excited with thousands of Atlantans about the new soccer team in town.
- Atlanta Motor Speedway – Visit to see a NASCAR race, Thursday Thunder race or jump into the seat of a racecar in one of the driving schools.
- The Fox Theatre – Stop by this landmark for a show, or take a behind-the-scenes guided tour.
- Public Art Tour – Take a self-guided walking tour of Downtown Atlanta by visiting more than 100 unique works of art.
Take in the View
- Stone Mountain Park – Don’t miss SkyHike as you trek through the treetops on this adventure course.
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park – Hike to the top or take a shuttle bus to snag spectacular sweeping views of Atlanta.
- The Sun Dial – Have a meal, or just take in the 360-degree panoramic view of Atlanta’s skyline.
Cool Neighborhoods to Explore
- Buckhead – This posh area of town has plenty to offer parents and kids.
- Marietta Square – Historical sites and tree-filled parks blend with contemporary attractions and huge festivals.
- Inman Park – Enjoy parks, treelined streets, and plenty of opportunities to eat and drink.
- Grant Park – Play and eat in Grant Park, one of Atlanta’s oldest and most eclectic neighborhoods.
- Decatur – Decatur is a hub of good food, lots of fun, and ample places to enjoy fresh air.
- Brookhaven – Brookhaven is an oasis in the city with tree-lined streets, parks and lots of family-friendly activities.
- Midtown Atlanta – A vibrant arts hub, families will encounter world-class shows and art displays.
- Smyrna and Vinings – The Smyrna-Vinings area is a hot spot for outdoor and indoor fun, family festivals, and unique restaurants.
- Acworth – Acworth provides many leisure opportunities for families, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
- Avondale Estates – Visit Avondale for unique food, coffee, shopping, and greenspace.
- Roswell – Roswell is a fun place for families to learn, play and experience art and nature.
- East Cobb – The green spaces, popular attractions, outdoor events and tasty restaurants offer plenty for families to do.
- East Atlanta – Its residents, pretty much the epitome of cool, frequent the area’s funky shops and amazing restaurants.
- Stone Mountain Village – Explore buildings standing since the 1800s, the Freedom Bell, the city’s original train depot and a 1914 train caboose.
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