52+ Awesome Things to do in Atlanta with Kids

Atlanta is such a great place for families that finding fun things to do in Atlanta with kids is easy if you know where to look, but sometimes there are so many fun places for kids that we forget some of the best ones.

Things to do in Atlanta with KidsHere is our list of more than 52+ things to do in Atlanta with kids from toddlers to teens so you can answer the question what are the best things to do near me?

These ideas aren’t just things to do in Atlanta with kids, there are even fun things to do in Atlanta for adults.

What are your favorite places to go in Atlanta, Georgia? What did we miss?

Make sure to call before you go for current times and prices.

Things to do in Atlanta with Kids – Active Indoor Play

SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park: This great attraction for families in the Atlanta area to get some exercise while having fun. Bonus, it’s a great place for tweens and teens too. Also, since they have multiple locations, you are sure to answer the question, “where can I find these attractions near me?”

Indoor Water Parks in Atlanta: Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t find fun places to go swimming. These indoor water parks offer water slides, lazy rivers and play structures. NOTE: This link is to a post I did last year. Check current times and prices with the location before visiting.

Roller Skating: Don’t wait for throwback Thursday, if you are looking for things to do in Atlanta this weekend, try roller skating. There are several roller skating rinks around Atlanta that have fun events all week long.

Indoor Rock Climbing Gyms in Atlanta: We’ve visited Stone Summit Climbing Gym, and Atlanta Rocks, which are both great for kids.

Catch Air: Catch Air is a great place for smaller children to run around, bounce, dance and just have a great time. They have multiple locations around Atlanta, so if you are thinking I need things to do near me – try Catch Air.

Hippo Hop: Hippo Hop is another fun jumpy place where kids can get out the wiggles and expend some energy before naptime.

Painted Pin: Looking for things to do in Atlanta, Ga that are slightly vintage? The Painted Pin is more than just a bowling alley. They have an arcade of old fashion games like shuffleboard and skittlebowl.

Game-X – If you don’t care about bowling and you want more video type games, head to Game X downtown. (21+ after 9pm on weekends.)

Read our other post for more rainy day play. 

Cheap and Free Things to do in Atlanta with Kids

Dollar Movie Theaters: The movies is always a great indoor activity but if you are short on cash, you might try one of these dollar movie theaters.

Bowling: Need ideas on things to do with friends? Bowling is a great way to get kids of any age to stay active, even indoors. It’s also a great activity if you have to manage children of multiple ages or a group of friends. During the summer months, you can even register for the KidsBowlFree program or what could be an even better deal summer bowling discount programs.

Home Depot WorkshopNo matter what time of year, my boys love donning an apron and hammering some nails. Bonus this is FREE

LEGO Mini-Builds: This FREE activity can get crowded, but for the LEGO fan, it’s worth it.

American Girl Boutique and Bistro: There is so much more than just shopping at the American Girl store, that some girls call it one of the best Atlanta attractions. Ask about events, some of which are FREE.

National Infantry Museum: If you don’t mind a bit branching out to things to do in Georgia, this fantastic museum is in Columbus Georgia, but it’s worth the drive, especially if you have tween and teens. You can even shoot on the rifle range.

Fernbank Science Center: This FREE museum isn’t as flashy as the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, but it does have some dinosaurs, space capsule, planetarium and live animals. Plus the price is right if you are looking for what to do in Atlanta for free.

Booth Western Museum: This Cartersville museum has become one of my favorites for kids. They have lots of hands-on activities and it’s Free for kids 12 and under when accompanied by an adult.

Looking for more Free Things to do in Atlanta with Kids? We have an entire post.

Things to do in Atlanta with Kids – Museums

Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Nature Quest: I love this nature themed indoor playground for the under 8 set. There are so many things to explore, it will take your little one several visits.

Sagebrush Ranch Stagecoach at the Booth Museum

Sagebrush Ranch is the indoor playground at the Booth Western Museum

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta: This indoor museum is a great place for kids to play and parents can feel good about knowing their children are learning at the same time. Check out their When I Am cards to find out exactly what they are learning.

High Museum of Art: I love the High Museum for Kids. Be sure to check out a Discovery Backpack and the Green Family Gallery. Toddler Thursdays are a great way to introduce your little ones to art.

Tellus: Another Cartersville museum, this one will keep them busy for hours with dinosaurs, a planetarium, gem mining and more.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center: If your child likes LEGOS (and what kid doesn’t), they’ll love the LEGOLAND Discovery Center located in the Phipps Plaza Mall. It’s like a mini-theme park. Although this attraction is really for the 12 and under set, if you have a real LEGO fan, no matter the age, they’ll enjoy visiting. Here is the lowdown on discount tickets to LEGOLAND.

World of Coca-Cola: If you want Atlanta things to do, this is a must stop. Let the kids bounce off the walls as they see who can drink the most soda in the tasting room. Calm the down with the 4D theatre and a visit with the Coca-Cola polar bear.

Georgia Aquarium: Go under the sea without ever getting wet at the world’s largest aquarium. The sea otters and weedy sea dragons are my favorite.

CNN Studio Tours: Go behind the scenes and see how the news is made at the CNN Studio Tour. Kids can participate in a weather broadcast.

SkyView Atlanta: It may be cold outside, but it’s warm and toasty inside the gondolas at SkyView Atlanta. Go in the evening for a gorgeous view of downtown Atlanta.

College Football Hall of Fame: This is one of the newer things to do in Downtown Atlanta. Part museum, part football field. There is a lot of interactive elements to this museum for the sports fan.

Center for Civil and Human Rights: If you want a places to take kids who are older, this is one of the best Civil Rights Museums around, and one of the must see Atlanta tourist attractions. It really makes you think about this time period in our country. It may be a bit much for young children, but older elementary and above should be fine.

Michael C Carlos Museum – Always wonderful children’s programming here, but Lesli’s boys especially love the mummy exhibits.

INK – Imagine a town, with a post office, pizza joint, court house and more…all pint size and perfect for small kids.

Read our post for more places to visit in Atlanta with your toddler?

Need something for your preschoolers? Read this post on Atlanta activities for preschoolers. 

Things to do in Atlanta with Kids – Attractions in Atlanta

Six Flags Over Georgia: More flags, more fun. If you want to know what to do in Atlanta, Ga with tweens, this is your best bet. However, they also have a kiddie zone with rides for younger children and of course teens enjoy the big thrills. Be sure to check them out for Halloween and Christmas too.

Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags Over Georgia: Six flags operates two water parks – White Water and Hurricane Harbor. We like Hurricane Harbor because it’s included in your Six Flags over Georgia ticket.

Stone Mountain: Combine a little nature with a little theme park glitz. Stone Mountain has hiking trails and outdoor museums, as well as shows and attractions like a 4D theatre, Ride the Ducks and an awesome laser show, as well as the wildly popular Stone Mountain Christmas, Highland Games, and Yellow Daisy Festival.

Lake Lanier Islands: Travel up I-85 to Lake Lanier Islands. In addition to lake fun, there is a water park in summer that turns into a winter wonderland in the winter with fabulous holiday lights. 

North Georgia Zoo: Just a bit north of Atlanta, Ga. is this fantastic hands on zoo.

Things to do in Atlanta with Kids – Theatre Productions

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament: Hear Ye, Hear Ye This trip back in time is a blast, and you get to eat with your hands too. This is one of those really fun places to go with friends too.

Center for Puppetry Arts: Puppet shows are a fantastic way to introduce children to theatre. At the Center for Puppetry Arts, your show ticket also includes a create-a-puppet workshop. Two amazing new museums, including one with Jim Henson’s Sesame Street and Muppet characters, are worth the visit too. This is probably one of the best hidden things to do in Atlanta, Georgia.

Alliance Theatre for the Very Young: The productions change often and explore music and gentle clowning. The actors and staff are all professionals and I promise you will be impressed with the quality of the production. They are all held in the small Black Box Theater of the Woodruff Building so audience sizes are limited.

Aurora Theatre Children’s Playhouse: Just 45 minutes outside Atlanta, Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre troop offers the Children’s Playhouse series on Saturday mornings. The offerings change weekly and will target different audiences so choose appropriately for your child. Aurora presents plays, magic shows, puppet shows, musicals, fun science demonstrations and stories with children’s authors.

Horizon Theatre Family Series: The Horizon Theatre also offers a family series. Their productions also range widely so choose with discretion. This location can be difficult to find if you are unfamiliar with the area, but the directions on the website are good and GPS took us right to it. They have just a few children’s productions each year, but where they lack in quantity they certainly make up for in exceptional quality. One of our favorites is Madeline’s Christmas.

Wondering what to do in Atlanta today, or What to do in Atlanta this weekend? Read our post on discounts for current and upcoming Atlanta shows.

Things to do in Atlanta with Kids – Playgrounds

Piedmont Park: Need a place to go with kids that doesn’t have an entry fee? Piedmont Park has several playgrounds, a splash pad, lake to feed the ducks and in the winter ice skating at Park Tavern. 

Playable Art Park: What better way for kids to explore art than to climb over, under and around it.

Wondering where are more places to take kids near me that are inexpensive? Try these other Atlanta area playgounds. 

Things to do with Kids in Atlanta – Outdoor Fun

Ice Skating Rinks: Need some places to go in Atlanta during the winter? Heat up at one of these outdoor ice skating rinks.

Water and Splash Pads: How about stuff to do in Atlanta during the summer? Try these water parks and splash pads.

Zip Lining: These fun places are a little outside Atlanta, but worth a mention, especially for tweens and teens.

Bike Riding: Atlanta has two fantastic bike paths. The Silver Comet Trail starts in Marietta, Ga. and goes to Alabama. The Atlanta Beltline is a series of trails that will eventually make a ring around the city.

Velodrome Biking: For something a little different, why not try track cycling on bikes without brakes. It’s all done on a  banked circular track!

Things to do with Kids in Atlanta – Farm Fun

Strawberry Picking: April is when you need to start thinking about strawberry picking. Our post will tell you where to go.

Blueberry Picking: June is blueberry season.

Apple Picking: Believe it or not, August starts the apple picking season in Georgia, but peak time is September.

Pumpkin Patches: This is the only guide you’ll for fun places for kids to pick a pumpkin.

Things to do in Atlanta – Holiday Fun

If you want things to do in Atlanta with kids during the major holidays, we have you covered. Here’s your round ups for each season.

Wintertime Fun

Springtime Fun

Summer Camp Guide

Fall Fun

Christmas and Holiday Fun

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Things to do in Atlanta with Kids


Sue Rodman | Managing Editor & Business Development

Sue Rodman is a mother of three boys, a PR professional, writer, and ice cream lover. For eight years, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. In Sept. 2016 Field Trips with Sue merged with 365 Atlanta Family. In addition to writing blog posts and managing the advertising and public relations for 365 Atlanta Family, Sue does freelance public relations and her writing has appeared online at TravelingMom, Trekaroo, Minitime Family and other family travel sites. She has contributed to print publications such as Family Fun, Simply Buckhead, BuckHaven and Publix Magazine. In addition, Sue has appeared on local and national news talking about family travel. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.

4 Comments on "52+ Awesome Things to do in Atlanta with Kids"

  1. Big and very informative list Sue! Me and my family been on Atlanta a couple of times and this is my honest opinion about what I think is the best places to visit when you are with your kids.

    Sky View Atlanta: Very nice views, the lines moves at an okay speed and you get a good view of Centennial Olympic Park.

    Georgia Aquarium: So much to do and so much fun! The front entrance line is really long tho but you can skip by just letting them know that you don’t want your picture taken. The dolphin show is really cool!

    Lego land Discovery Centre: Nothing more to add here because it’s LEGO, and LEGO is always the best for the kids

  2. Thanks for this list, Sue. My family is planning a trip to Atlanta in April. We would like to take our bikes with us. Is there a good place in Atlanta or nearby to do some cycling? – Sam

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