Why We Love East Atlanta
It’s no secret that East Atlanta, the charming neighborhood just south of I-20, is home to funky shops and amazing food. Its residents, pretty much the epitome of cool, frequent the area’s epicenter of East Atlanta Village. Despite the area’s cool factor, kids are totally welcome. Check out these reasons to visit for kid friendly fun.
A beautiful 12+ acre green space, which includes a playground, walking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts and a community garden, sits in the urban area. It is also home to the East Atlanta Kids Club, which runs the recreation center in Brownwood Park.
The market happens every Thursday from 4pm-8pm, during the months of April through December, in a grassy area on the south end of East Atlanta Village. Find everything from local eggs, bread and produce to prepared meals, jewelry and soaps. Local chefs even do demonstrations. Families love the edible garden, which offers children’s activities like games, crafts, story time and even yoga classes.
It’s an actual drive-in movie theater—the only one in metro Atlanta! It shows current films, without the current prices. Kids 9 and younger are always just $1 and and adults are $9 for a double feature. Enjoy this blast-from-the-past experience.
While East Atlanta has its share of hip bars, there are ample places to take the kids. Try Hodgepodge Coffee House and Gallery, which has a kids area with toys and books as well as colorful art on the walls. The frozen hot chocolate is a favorite. For dinner, check out family-friendly Holy Taco with its children’s coloring menu and “kids eat free on Tuesdays” special. Tomatillos also has a kids menu and patio seating. For dessert, stop by East Atlanta’s adored ice cream parlor, Morelli’s. They have unusual flavors like rosemary olive oil and honey lavender (for the adventurous types) but also the basics for the kids.
For more outdoor fun, visit Constitution Lakes Park off Moreland Avenue. Families will enjoy the beautiful lake and wetlands full of birds and other wildlife. Do the easy Doll’s Head Trail hike to see quirky dolls and folk art along the way.
No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in East Atlanta, much of it with kids in mind. They’ve got Dogtoberfest and EAV-o-ween in October, the East Atlanta Santa Fest and New Year’s Eve Fireworks every December, just to name a few. Enjoy food, drinks, music, booths and even a kids village with giant boardgames at the East Atlanta Strut held every September. Check out this full list of the annual events in East Atlanta.