Whether you’re visiting the city or you’re an Atlanta native, there are so many things to do with kids in Atlanta. From top museums to the best thrill-seeker attractions, quirky spots and the best restaurants for kids, we have lots of ideas to keep families happy.

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Summer Bucket List for Families

Don’t miss a moment of fun with Atlanta Paren’s list of top attractions, events, exhibits and destinations.

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Alliance Theatre

This summer, see “Babble Lab,” a one-of-a-kind show for early learners! When an experiment unexpectedly goes awry, a concoction of sneaky, sprightly L E T T E R S takes over a weird and wondrous science lab. June 22-July 28.

Atlanta Children’s Film Festival

Join in two weeks of fun and educational activities during the 17th annual Atlanta Children’s Film Festival, including film screenings and workshops for kids, teens and families! Find virtual and in-person events throughout June.

Atlanta Braves

Slide into summer at Truist Park! Enjoy giveaways and entertainment all summer long, including Friday Night Fireworks, Play Ball Weekend and more. On Family Sundays, kids can run the bases and score fun giveaways.

Aurora Cineplex

This summer, head to Aurora Cineplex for Summer Family Flicks, weekdays at 10 and 2. Movie tickets are just $3 – it’s a vacation for your family and your wallet! Plus, enjoy putting fun at The Fringe Mini Golf.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Walk the boardwalk, hike the trails, enjoy a Family Canoe Day or see a live concert. Celebrate pollinators at the annual Butterfly Encounter, June 3-Aug. 11, and even have breakfast with butterflies!

Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

Visit the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame for a fun way to learn about college football players, team history and much more through giant touch screens, an indoor playing field and interactive displays!

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Discover your story at the museum’s summer exhibit, Animationland! Join Tracey the pencil dog on an immersive journey to create stories with art and science. Interactive exhibits let kids travel the globe, discover science, and get creative.

City of Acworth

Lake Allatoona, Cobblestone Golf Course, Lake Acworth, four beaches, 750 acres of parks, and 75 miles of trails make Acworth a great summer destination! Plus, find shopping, award-winning restaurants and more, just 35 miles from Atlanta.

City of Norcross

Enjoy the sweet sounds of summer in Norcross! The Summer Concert Series in Thrasher Park features live entertainment, the Blueberry Music Festival, Red, White and Boom!, and more.

City of Tucker

Enjoy TKR Summer of Fun 2024 – relax and enjoy music during the First Friday Concert Series, or see a flick during Movies on the Green. The annual Celebration of Independence features live music, a kids zone and more!

Douglas County

A short drive from Atlanta, Douglas County is a place to explore, with 8,000 acres of recreational space, the Clinton Nature Preserve, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, Film Trail and Butterfly Trail.

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

Your license to chill! Visit the new Fins Up Water Park, where you can push your boundaries on Apocalypso, the first water slide coaster in Georgia. Enjoy thrilling new rides, chill in the wave pool and more.

Roswell Summer Puppet Series

Enjoy a summer of puppet shows! See “Three Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff,” Tanglewood Marionettes’ “Sleeping Beauty,” Frish Marionettes’ “The Jungle Book,” and That Puppet Guy’s “The Tortoise, the Hare and More.”

Sesame Street the Musical

Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and their friends take to the stage!  This musical features sing-alongs of classic songs you know and love, music that will have you dancing in your seat and lots of furry fun for fans of all ages! June 5-Aug.4 at Center for Puppetry Arts.

The Southern Museum

See the “General,” made famous during the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase of 1862, learn about locomotive technology, and operate a diesel train simulator at the interactive Jolley Education Center.

Stars and Strikes

Get the fun started at Stars and Strikes, with bowling, arcade games, axe throwing, laser tag, bumper cars and more. Plus, kids bowl free all summer – get two free games of bowling Monday-Friday.

Tellus Science Museum

From dinosaur bones to galaxies far, far away, Tellus covers every aspect of science. Don’t miss special events like Rockfest and Wild About Weather!

Zoo Atlanta

Enjoy the summer with Zoo Atlanta!  Take in a wildlife presentation, explore the aerial playgrounds, get up close with the animals, or explore the Zoo at night. Learn more about the Zoo’s programs, activities and events coming up this summer for all ages.

It’s Time for Summer Reading!

Georgia Public Library: Be a part of something amazing this summer! The library’s summer reading program, “Adventure Begins at Your Library,” has story times, STEAM activities, arts and crafts, puppet shows, magic shows, and prizes.
Fulton County Library System:  Kick off the summer with events at a branch near you! Track your reading, write book reviews and participate in fun activities to earn badges with Beanstalk.
Gwinnett County Public Library: The 2024 Summer Reading Challenge has story times, camp-inspired crafts and programs, magic shows, and more.

Summer Fun in Atlanta

Guide to Splash Pads, Water Parks and Pools 

Summer’s here! Kids will love cooling off (and getting wet!) at these local pools and water parks.

Best Zoos, Wildlife Parks and Petting Zoos

Get an up-close look at native and exotic animals at these zoos and wildlife parks.

75+ Playgrounds and Parks

Kids will love burning off some energy at these outdoor playgrounds in metro Atlanta.

Best Zip Line Adventures in and Around Atlanta

Zip through the trees and enjoy a bird’s eye view of woodlands, lakes and rivers.

Our Favorite Frozen Treats

Here’s the scoop! Enjoy a cone, soft serve, sundae and more at these local spots.

Top Kid-Friendly Nature Centers

Explore nature and local wildlife while enjoying the outdoors at these nature centers.

20 Best Nature Walks and Hikes for Kids

Get outside and enjoy nature on one of these metro-area walks and hikes.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

The Best of Atlanta

Top 10 Best Attractions in Atlanta

Our city has so much to offer – these must-see attractions are favorites of locals and tourists.

Best Museums for Families in Atlanta

These museums take an in-depth look at history, puppetry, modern and ancient art, human rights, and more.

Baby and Toddler Activities Around Atlanta

Special events and attractions that young children fun and educational concepts.

60+ Free and Fun Things to Do in Atlanta

Enjoy the best of Atlanta without breaking the bank.

Not-to-Miss Exhibits Around Atlanta

These interactive, kid-friendly exhibits make learning fun.

Zoo Atlanta

Experience the Outdoors in Atlanta

Best Picnic Spots Around Atlanta

Pack a lunch or snacks and enjoy these scenic views around Atlanta.

Atlanta A-Bloom: Best Gardens Around Atlanta

Whatever the season, these beautiful gardens put on a show.

Family-Friendly Walks and Races

Get exercising as a family at one of these upcoming walks or races.

Biking With Kids Around Atlanta

Check out our favorite local trails for biking with kids – and enjoy some fresh air and exercise.

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Year-Round Atlanta Favorites

Roller Skating Rinks Around Atlanta

Seasoned skaters and not-so-steady beginners will love these local rinks.

Kid-Friendly Bowling

Bowl a few frames at these local alleys, from traditional lanes to high-tech features.

Best Mini Golf Courses

A lineup of kid-friendly outdoor and indoor putt-putt courses.

Best Jump and Trampoline Places in Atlanta

Grab your socks and get your bounce on at these indoor play places.

Top Indoor Play Spaces

Indoor playgrounds, interactive experiences, art, and more are a great way to spend an afternoon.

Family-Friendly Rock Climbing 

These indoor rock-climbing spots have equipment and lessons for all ages and experience levels.

Guide to Dollar Movie Theaters in Atlanta

These theaters offer a chance to see recent or current movies without the expensive prices.

Best Mall Play Places

Nothing beats mall play areas for free, energy-burning fun!

Sensory-Friendly Places to Play

These special events and activities are designed for kids with autism or sensory processing disorders.

Indoor Water Parks and Pools

Kids and families can splash all year long at these indoor pools and parks.

Best Drop-in Art Studios

Let kids express their creativity at these drop-in art places.

Brook Run Park Playground | Paul Ward

Atlanta Great Places to Play: Playgrounds and Parks

13 Top Playgrounds

These outstanding playgrounds are worth the drive!

75+ Playgrounds and Parks

Kids will love burning off some energy at these outdoor playgrounds in metro Atlanta.

Best Accessible Playgrounds

Play areas with extras like ramp access, sensory experiences and adaptive swings for kids with special needs.

Playgrounds with Something Special

From artistic structures to airplanes and cows, these playgrounds have extra-special appeal.

Best Green Spaces for Kids

These beautiful outdoor parks and green spaces are a great place to connect with nature.

Skateboard Parks

Kids can practice their board skills on the ramps, bowls and pipes of these local parks.

Yellow River Wildlife Sanctuary

Animal Encounters

Best Zoos, Wildlife Parks and Petting Zoos

Get an up-close look at native and exotic animals at these zoos and wildlife parks.

Yoga With Kids and Animals

Take time to relax, recharge and meditate with the animals at these yoga sessions.

Our Favorite Alpaca Farms

Visit with cuddly, friendly alpacas at these farms.

Horseback Riding Around Atlanta

Saddle up at these spots for beginners and experienced riders.

Amicalola Falls State Park

Hiking and Camping

20 Best Nature Walks and Hikes for Kids

Get outside and enjoy nature on one of these metro-area walks and hikes.

Best Family-Friendly Waterfalls to Visit in Georgia

Enjoy the outdoors with a walk or hike to one of Georgia’s many beautiful waterfalls.

Best Kid-Friendly Hikes at Georgia State Parks

These state parks have great trails for kids and families to hike.

Guide to Camping and Campgrounds in Georgia

Whether you prefer a tent, cabin or camper, these campgrounds have something for everyone.

Guide to Yurts and Glamping in Georgia

It’s camping without giving up the comforts of home! Find a great place with our list.

Ponce City Market | Gregg Willett

Explore Metro Atlanta

Best Skyline Views of Atlanta

Our favorite places to get a view of the city’s beautiful skyline.

Guide to Truist Park

There’s lots for kids to see and do in Truist Park, the home of the Atlanta Braves.

Eye-Catching Public Art Around Atlanta

Where to see inspiring outdoor sculptures, art installations and sculptures.

Scavenger Hunts in Alanta

Explore the city by searching for clues and solving puzzles.

8 Places to Learn About History 

These museums are a great way for kids to learn and appreciate the history and heritage of Atlanta and the South.

Top Ghost Tours Around Atlanta

Explore the haunted side of the city on a guided ghost tour.

Transportation Attractions for Kids

Find planes, trains, streetcars and more at these Atlanta spots.

Cool Atlanta Neighborhoods to Explore

You’ll find one-of-a-kind shopping, dining and activities in these neighborhoods.

Best Local Book Stores

From local independent stores to national chains, here’s where to shop for books around town.

Local Toy Stores

Skip the big-box stores and head to your local Atlanta bookstore.

Volunteer Opportunities for Kids

These organizations give kids the chance to make a difference.

Hunt for Tiny and Secret Doors

Go on a family scavenger hunt for the tiny and hidden doors of Atlanta.

Working Tours Around Atlanta

Take an inside look at these local businesses, restaurants and organizations.

Big Easy Sno-Balls

A Taste of Atlanta

Best Family-Friendly Farmers Markets

Shop for fresh produce, baked goods and more at these Atlanta-area markets.

Farms Around Atlanta

Pick your own strawberries, blueberries or peaches, or shop for fresh produce, baked goods and more at these orchards and farms (call or check websites for availability).

Our Favorite Frozen Treats in Atlanta

Here’s the scoop on where to find the best ice cream, popsicles and snow cones.

The Tastes of Summer

Burgers and hot dogs are summer staples, but if you don’t feel like firing up the grill, check out these spots for burgers and dogs.

The Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Atlanta

Atlanta’s food scene has lots of great kid-friendly restaurants.

Kids Eat Free Restaurants in Atlanta

Eating out with the family can sometimes be pricey – here’s a list of the places where kids eat free.

Best Donuts Around Atlanta

Our favorite spots for traditional and not-so-traditional flavors.

6 Atlanta Candy Stores to Satisfy Any Sweet Tooth

These stores offer nostalgic, old-fashioned candy and homemade treats.

5 Places to Grab a Bagel in Atlanta

The best places to visit for a sweet or savory bagel.

Family-Friendly Breweries

These local breweries have yard games and places for kids to play.

Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops

These local shops have menu items with plenty of kid appeal!

Treetop Quest

For Teens and Adventurers

10 Best Teen Activities in Atlanta

Roller coasters, rock climbing, escape rooms and more – Atlanta has great things for teens to do.

Escape Rooms in 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.

Best Zip Line Adventures in and Around Atlanta

Zip through the trees and enjoy a bird’s eye view of woodlands, lakes and rivers.

Whitewater Rafting Near Atlanta

Grab a paddle and get ready for a wild ride at these rafting spots.

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