If you’re planning a family vacation, there are tons of fun things for kids and children’s events in Atlanta. Keeping the little ones entertained when you’re on a budget can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are quite a few free things to do with kids in and around the city during your visit. Here’s a nice video about the Children’s Museum Atlanta:
Keep your children’s mind active at the Fernbank Science Center, which provides free admission for children and their families. The science center exhibition hall is open every day except Sunday and the observatory is open Thursday and Friday evenings, weather permitting. Although there is a small fee to see the planetarium, there are no parking fees for any of the center’s events.
Switch gears to history and take your kids on a tour of Martin Luther King Jr.’s home. The tours are led by National Park Service rangers and last about thirty minutes. Although the tickets are free at the information desk, the tour does require a ticket to enter the home. Atlanta offers also many great art galleries. Read more here.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birth Home, 501 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30312, Phone: (404) 331-5190
You can move on to visit the Children’s Museum Atlanta, known as “Imagine It!” for a huge selection of exhibitions, events, and educational resources for parents. The price of admission is $12.95 (online) per person regardless of age, however, babies under the age of one are admitted free. Online tickets are cheaper! Your kids may even like Atlanta so much that later in life, they might want to study here. So check out this post about Atlanta’s Spelman College.
Children’s Museum Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, Phone: (404) 659-5437
Another one of the popular Atlanta events for kids is the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, located just south of Atlanta in Locust Grove. Encourage your children to love and respect animals as they learn about bears, lions, and tigers that have been orphaned, injured or abused. Although admission to the sanctuary is free, donations are accepted and appreciated to help take care of the animals.
Noah’s Ark, 712 L G Griffin Road, Locust Grove, GA 30248, Phone: (770) 957-0888
If you happen to be visiting Atlanta on the fourth Saturday of the month, be sure to check out Free Family Day at Centennial Olympic Park, located on a 20+acre public park in downtown Atlanta. Let your kids burn off some energy running around the playground and through the fountain of rings. On Family Fun Days, the park offers contests, workshops, and live performances that are relaxing and enjoyable for everyone in the family. See also this post about Atlanta Culture.
Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Avenue West, Atlanta, GA 30313, Phone: (404) 223-4412
Almost any time that you choose to visit Atlanta, there will be some type of festival going on. Many of these festivals take place at the free parks and offer fun things to do with kids for free. One example is the Inman Park Festival, which has lots of music, craft booths, and food vendors for kids to enjoy. The Inman Park Festival is a great street festival held each year during the last full weekend in April each year. Inman Park presents a neighborhood festival that’s widely regarded as the most spirited and eclectic festival in Atlanta. Check out one of Atlanta’s festival schedules to see what exciting events are happening during the time of your visit. And if you’ve become hungry after a busy day, you may want to enjoy one of Atlanta’s best BBQ restaurants. Just check out this page for the finest.