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Wondering how to occupy kids this winter? Here are some fun ideas for the whole family. Also check out our list of over 125 fun things for families to do around Atlanta and our Things to Do tab for more ideas.

Get Bouncing at Jump and Trampoline Places

Grab some socks and let the kids get their jump on. These indoor play places and trampoline parks will keep the kids bouncing.

Climb on an Indoor Mall Playground

During Atlanta’s cold and rainy winter months, nothing beats indoor mall play areas for free, energy-burning fun for preschoolers. So head to these malls to play and shop.

Go Rock Climbing 

Rock climbing in Atlanta is a great indoor activity that challenges bodies and minds that families with younger or older children can do together! These Atlanta rock climbing gyms are great places to get started with special programs for kids.

Head to a Museum

Atlanta has a variety of awesome museums each member of the family will enjoy. Try Fernbank Museum of Natural History for scientific discoveries or outdoor play in Fernbank’s WildWoods, the High Museum of Art for art viewing and artistic play or the Children’s Museum of Atlanta or Center for Puppetry Arts for more indoor fun. Read about the best family memberships at local museums and attractions to get a good deal when visiting.

Go Ice Skating

There are many opportunities to practice twists and twirls around metro Atlanta this winter season. Some are close to city lights and others are large enough to do lap after lap of skating.

Get Splashed at Indoor Water Parks

Pretend it isn’t cold outside and glide down these water slides, splash in pools and float down lazy rivers.

Best Kid-Friendly Things to do on the Atlanta BeltLine 

Along the trails currently in use, you will find families biking, rollerblading, skateboarding and jogging, as well as checking out restaurants, shops and attractions. Also check out our favorite things to do on the new Westside Trail.

Shoot Arrows at a Local State Park

Let your kids release their inner Katniss while learning basic archery at Panola Mountain State Park. Some classes are indoors and some are outdoors. Age restrictions may apply. Equipment is provided with each session. Reservations required at gastateparks.org/archery. 

Visit a Nature Center

At Dunwoody Nature Center, observe bees flying in and out of their man-made hives, visit the teepee or play on the large playground. Spot fish, reptiles and birds at Chattahoochee Nature Center or visit the Nature Exchange to discover natural objects such as fossils, antlers or rocks.

Play in the Snow

Stone Mountain Park transforms into a winter wonderland called Snow Mountain, and brings lots of snow. Brave Avalanche Alley, a snow-covered 400-foot tubing hill, side down the Tube Runners or experience Galactic Snow Tubing with lights and lasers after 5:30 p.m.

Meet Animals at a Zoo or Petting Zoo 

Come face-to-face with many species of animals while visiting these zoos and petting zoos in Atlanta. Kids will love testing their senses: feeling slimy and soft, hearing roars or squeals and seeing spots or zebra stripes.

Take an Easy Hike Near Atlanta 

Step outside and experience nature –there are so many beautiful places for easy hikes near Atlanta. Try these next time you’re looking for free and cheap fun with the kids.

Visit 30+ Best Playgrounds Around Atlanta 

Our top playgrounds in Atlanta include everything from generational swings for both parent and child and large shaded areas to cushioned rubber matting and sculpture-like playscapes. We rounded up the top playgrounds and play places around metro Atlanta for every type of play.

50+ Things to Do With Kids in Atlanta this Winter
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