2019 Spring Break Fun in Atlanta
Staying in town for spring break? There are plenty of ways to keep your kids entertained around Atlanta.
Don’t have a boring school break – these camps bring the fun factor!
Go to a Spring Festival or Event
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure at Cobb Energy Centre: This immersive experience invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today! April 3.
Atlanta Fair at Former Turner Field Grey Lot: Family fun for all ages including the Giant Fun Slide, Ferris Wheel, rides for younger children, thrill-seeking kids will love The Nemesis 360. Through April 14.
Food-O-Rama Food Truck Festival at Grant Park: 50 food vendors, live music, children’s area with games and inflatables. April 6.
Wild Azalea Festival at Reynolds Nature Preserve: Azalea showcases, guided nature hikes, face painting, animal shows and more. April 6.
Acworth Art Fest in Downtown Acworth: Over 100 artists displaying paintings, pottery, metalwork and more. Kids’ zone includes arts and crafts projects, bounce houses, sand art and face painting. April 6-7.
Festival on Ponce at Olmsted Linear Park: 150 local and regional artists, children’s area, local food and more. April 6-7.
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.
Plan a Staycation in Atlanta
Do you have a couple of days to burn, but you’d rather not spend them on an airplane or driving for hours? Try a staycation in our fun and beautiful city. Check out our itinerary for the best staycation in Atlanta. Also, check out our story on best Atlanta hotels with kid-friendly amenities.
Go to the Zoo
It is hard to fit everything Zoo Atlanta offers into one day. Get up-close with all kinds of animals, from colorful flamingos to playful pandas and everything in between. Don’t miss lots of opportunities to play, including the Treetop Trail.
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 Adventure 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.
Meet a Few Bugs
MEGABUGS Adventure Encounters at Stone Mountain Park is an immersive, new experience for insect lovers of all ages. Learn about the unique qualities of bugs and meet giant insects such as a 15-foot dragonfly and 50-foot millipede. MEGABUGS kicks off the park’s Spring Mega Fun Break week (March 30-April 7); visitors can enjoy special attractions including a performing dog show and 4-D Ice Age Movie. MEGABUGS runs from March 30-Nov. 10.
Take a Trip Through History
Cyclorama: The Big Picture at Atlanta History Center is a newly-restored Civil War painting that is longer than a football field and weighs 10,000 pounds! Enhanced with video, artifacts and historical facts, this multimedia experience is designed to make viewers consider how images and entertainment can shape our view of history. With walking trails, the Swan House, permanent exhibits and more, visiting Atlanta History Museum with kids is a fun option for spring break.
Build With Bricks
Visit Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta for the Lego Movie Days. With rides, building zones, a Lego replica of Atlanta and a 4-D cinema, a trip to Legoland is a recipe for fun. More excitement awaits visitors during The Lego Movie Days. Celebrating the release of The Lego Movie 2, visitors can meet Emmett, and his friends, participate in a scavenger hunt, and help build a mystery Lego mosaic. Weekends through April 28.
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.
–Mary Williams and Teresa Whiting