SkyHike at Stone Mountain Park

Staying in town for spring break? There are plenty of ways to keep your kids entertained around Atlanta.

Arts

Head to the High Museum of Art to view art exhibitions and indulge in creative play.

Check out the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan in the musical “On Your Feet” at Aurora Theatre.

View the Michael C. Carlos Museum’s current exhibit “Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine” and their Old Kingdom mummy.

Go on a guided tour or see one of the shows at Center for Puppetry Arts.

Free Fun

Stroll through the Lake Claire Community Land Trust for artistic installations, ponds, paths and flowers, and you can feed Big Lou the Emu – his favorite foods are melons and grapes.

Go on a family scavenger hunt to find the 18 TinyDoors ATL in Downtown, Midtown and East Atlanta.

Head to some of these awesome playgrounds: Caney Creek Preserve Playground has a dinosaur dig area; Webb Bridge Park Playground has a running water feature; and PlayTown Suwanee boasts fiberglass cow sculptures.

Goizueta Gardens at Atlanta History Center

Museums

Visit Atlanta History Center for Meet the Past museum theatre performances and to see spring blooms in the Goizueta Gardens.

See football memorabilia and test your abilities in the Skill Zone at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Learn what it’s like to be a firefighter at the Marietta Fire Museum, where you can view fire apparatus, tools and gear from 1854 to the present.

Out of Town

Spend the day in Chattanooga to visit the Tennessee River Gorge, the Tennessee Aquarium and the Creative Discovery Museum.

Head to Dahlonega to see gold and rare coins at the Gold Museum and for a hike in the Chattahoochee National Forest.

Head to Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain to see butterflies and spend a relaxing day on the beach.

Staycation

Treat your family to a luxurious stay at Four Seasons Hotel in Midtown, which is in walking distance to several of our favorite attractions. Here’s our itinerary for the best staycation in Atlanta.

Go camping at Fort Yargo State Park, where you can stay in one of the cottages, cabins or yurts.

Travel to LaGrange’s Great Wolf Lodge for an indoor water park adventure.

Spend the night in a treehouse at Historic Banning Mills before daring the zipline adventures.

Spend the Day

Go wild with the amazing animals at Zoo Atlanta and explore their conservation stations, geocaching, playgrounds, Treetop Trail and more.

Spring FUN Break at Stone Mountain Park includes a Monster Truck display, a 4-D experience, an interactive Dinosaur Explore attraction as well as SkyHike, the Lasershow Spectacular and more.

Challenge your senses, travel through time, explore scientific discoveries and walk through 75 acres of forest with outdoor exhibits, trails, a canopy walk and more at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Screaming Eagle Adventures at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Take to the Trees

Get a bird’s-eye view of nature – climb and zip line over two of the city’s most beautiful green spaces. Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures at Chattahoochee Nature Center has two courses for different age and experience levels. Treetop Quest in Dunwoody and Gwinnett challenges visitors with four difficulty levels.

Visit a Nature Center

Visit one of Atlanta’s best kid-friendly nature centers. Observe bees flying in and out of their man-made hives, visit the teepee or play on the large playground at Dunwoody Nature Center. Spot fish, reptiles and birds at Chattahoochee Nature Center or visit the Nature Exchange to discover natural objects such as fossils, antlers or rocks.

See Spring Flowers

Visit some of Atlanta’s best gardens. Take a short drive to Callaway Resort & Gardens this spring. Spring break is the peak bloom time for azaleas– you’ll be awed at the sight of 20,000 of them, along with blooming dogwoods and tulips. Other options for spring booms include: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground and more.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Challenge your family to a scavenger hunt! Teams or individuals compete to decipher clues, find answers or solve mysteries. Scavenger Hunt Atlanta lets you explore the city in a new way, with themes customized to Atlanta’s attractions – art, architecture, shopping and nature. Urban Adventure Quest offers a self-guided, 1.5-mile tour from Centennial Olympic Park to many city landmarks. Simply purchase the app, download and begin completing challenges and earning points.

-Emily Webb and Mary Williams

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