Looking for fun things to do in winter? We’ve got you covered with tons and tons of ideas for your family. We’re offering everything from how to get active to how to chill out. We’ve got great ideas for curing the munchies and the best vacation destinations to embrace (or avoid) the snow. Here are 52 of our favorite ways to wait out winter. What about you?
Active Fun in Winter
Urban Jungle – Kids will love 4600 sq ft of laser tag fun, plus rock climbing, a video arcade and more.
Indoor waterpark – You can go swimming, even when it’s cold outside. Head to one of three Atlanta options: Bethesda Water Park in Lawrenceville, Bogan Park in Buford or South Cobb Aquatic Center in Austell.
Andretti – Visit the Roswell location or the newest opening in Marietta. Try go-karting, an arcade, a climbing wall & a rope course.
SkyZone – Jump your heart out at at SkyZone, with several locations around the city.
Cascade Skating Rink – Spend your weekend having fun with Family Skate at Cascade Fun Center.
Winter Hikes – Bundle up and head outside. Winter offers some of the best views while hiking.
Snow Mountain – From snowman building to snowball shooting, tubing to togetherness, enjoy all the moments that will make for the perfect snow day. Open until the end of February.
Volunteer – After the holidays are over, many of Atlanta’s families in need feel the most alone and afraid. NOW is the time they need you. Follow our link for multiple ways to help around the city.
Tiny Towne – Kids driving you crazy? Let them take the wheel while you grab a snack and relax.
Indoor Playground – HippoHop, Leapin Lizards and more will let your kids jump jump jump out their pent up energy.
INK – Imagine a town, with a post office, pizza joint, court house and more…all pint size and perfect for kids.
Your Backyard – We’ve put together a list of 52 ways to play outside in the cold (for free or cheap) right in your own back yard…and none require snow!
Ice Skating – Many of the ice skating rinks around town are open well into winter. Get outside and enjoy them!
Arts & Entertainment During Winter
Theatre for the Very Young – This children’s theatre is for kiddos 18mo – 5 years, and is a favorite in our family.
Broadway in Atlanta – Broadway in Atlanta is not just for date night. Upcoming shows include Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music, and more that kids will love.
See a Show – There are a number of shows happening in Atlanta all the time, and we’ve got your discount tickets here.
Lunch and a Movie – Treat the kids to a movie at one of the lavish theaters around town that serve fries with you flick. Cinebistro, Movie Tavern and Studio Movie Grill are our family go-to locations. OR, lunch at home and hit one of these dollar theaters.
Planetarium – Many of the planetariums around town offer shows for kids, especially during the day. My little guys love the Sesame Street-themed shows. Try Tellus Museum and others for showtimes.
Escape Games – Escape games are the newest thrill in town, from Escape the Room, Mission Escape, Paranoia Quest and others, each is great fun for your tween or teen.
PYO Pottery – When my son was young, we made a point of doing this once a quarter so that he could see improvement in is work. We made gifts for everyone on our list!
Museums to Visit in Winter
Booth Western Art Museum – Booth houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. For $2 extra you can get the kids’ audio tour.
Michael C Carlos Museum – Always wonderful children’s programming here, but my boys are suckers for the mummy exhibits.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta – Think you’ve been before? Well they’ve revamped this space and it’s better than ever.
Marietta Fire Museum – Don’t forget to get your parking validated. It will be free (instead of $20.) Fire trucks, memorabilia and more.
High Museum – We love the Greene Family Playroom, Toddler Thursdays, weekend programming and the Discovery Backpack program. Mo Willems is leaving; Eric Carle is in place in April.
Tellus Museum – It’s a dinosaur museum, a transportation museum and a mineral museum. Don’t miss the gem mining and dino dig…great for kids.
Carter Library and Museum – There are beautiful exhibits here, both traveling and permanent. The best part? Seeing the full-scale replica of Carter’s oval office.
Expedition Bigfoot – If you’re not already a believer in Bigfoot, you will be after visiting this museum!
Attractions for Winter Fun
Zoo Atlanta – It might sound like a crazy winter idea, but if you bundle up you can enjoy smaller crowds and more access to the animals.
Legoland Discovery Center – Race Lego cars, build giant Duplo blocks or take a ride high in the sky. Phipps Plaza is a great place to warm up and build something grand.
Game-X – Mom and Dad will love a great meal and a two full bars. Kids will love the arcade with over 60 games- throwbacks like Pong 180 and modern favorites like Temple Run. (21+ after 9pm on weekends.)
Atlanta History Center – We love exploring the exhibits at AHC, but especially love Magic Mondays for toddlers. One of the best in-town programs for kids.
Wrens Nest – Visit every Saturday at 1pm for storytelling time. Take a tour of the house and learn more about Joel Candler Harris (Uncle Remus.)
World of Coca Cola – Visit the secret formula vault, take in a 4D movie, pose with the Coke Polar Bear or try a tasting of 100+ coke products.
Georgia Aquarium – See the dolphins practicing for the upcoming new show in March, go behind the scenes, try Toddler Time or just wander the halls seeing all sorts of marine magic.
Center for Puppetry Arts – Take in a wonderful puppet show, make a puppet to take home and enjoy the newly renovated puppet museum.
Ikea – You know you can escape the cold and redesign the living room, right? Ikea has family restrooms, a kids menu in the restaurant, family parking, play areas throughout the store and free supervised play for your kiddos for up to an hour!
College Football Hall of Fame – Explore the exhibits with personalized RFID technology. Don’t miss the panoramic theatre and trying to kick your own field goal.
Good Eats and Winter Treats
Young Chef’s Academy – Weekly classes teach kids as young as 3 and up thru teens. Master Chef in the making? Try the Chef’s Club Membership to save.
Donuts – Donuts and cocoa? YES please! Take a tasting tour, visit a new one each week or find a favorite. Some of our choices include Dutch Monkey, Sublime, Revolution and the ubiquitous choice – Krispy Kreme.
Souper Jenny – What’s better for you in winter than a big bowl of soup? There are four locations across town to drink in the warmth – including Atlanta History Center.
Cupcakes – You know calories don’t count when it’s cold, right? Time to go on a cupcake tour. Try Cami Cakes, Piece of Cake, Sugar Shack or any number of other places around the city.
Beech Mountain – We adore Beech Mountain. It’s a great escape, perfect for the weekend and an ideal place to teach your kiddos to ski.
Great Wolf Lodge – If an indoor waterpark sounds like the ideal winter vacation, then head to Great Wolf Lodge for the ultimate kiddo experience. We’ve got three posts of tips for your planning pleasure.
Legoland Florida – If you’d rather leave the cold behind, then take a trip south to Legoland Florida. The resort hotel is amazing for kids AND adults!
Swim with a Manatee – Winter is the time of year that families can enjoy this in Florida. Is this your year?
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