Looking for great winter activities for kids in Atlanta this year? Our local editor has rounded up some real crowd pleasers!
1. Atlanta Botanical Garden pulls out all the stops on the holidays, from an exquisite light show to a ride-on train, holiday model train show, wintery story times, and Saturday meet-and-greets with good old Saint Nick.
2. When winter rolls in to Centennial Olympic Park, the park rolls out thousands of lights to create a dazzling holiday display. And an ice skating rink. Go for the Gold! (Or maybe just a hot chocolate or two). The rink is open weekdays from 4:30pm-10pm, and from 10am-10pm on weekends. The $12 fee includes skate rental.
3. Circus Arts Institute encourages kids to tumble, juggle, hula hoop, balance on tight ropes, get tangled in the Spanish Web, and fly through the air on a low trapeze. In fact, the whole family can get in on the act! Check out the upcoming classes, or sign up for the Holiday Circus Camp in Decatur.
4. Fernbank Museum of Natural History hosts a holiday-inspired exhibition, Winter Wonderland, and entices families in from the cold (relatively speaking) with a variety of unique, engaging activities that include free holiday cartoon classics, appearances by Santa-saurus, puppet making and more. The holiday cartoon schedule features A Flintstone Family Christmas, Dec 13-14; How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dec 20-21; and Disney’s Sing Along Songs: Very Merry Christmas, weekends Nov 29 – Dec 14 and daily Dec 19–24.
5. What would the holidays be without Scuba Claus? Georgia Aquarium has its very own scuba diving santa, in addition to a holiday line up that includes an underwater menorah, mermaid meet-and-greets, and the Symphony of Snow show.
6. Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta walks little ones through the holidays with its “Meet the Holidays” program. Kids ages 8 and under can unravel the stories behind Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, and make crafts appropriate for each (check the calendar for dates and times). Don’t miss the North Georgia TinPlate Trackers’ interactive holiday trains display, on view from Dec 13-20.
7. Winter at Lanier Islands features snow tubing, speed slides, and snow play areas at SnowWorld, as well as Lanier Islands Christmas, a holiday event that bundles light displays, ice skating, a live nativity, visits with Santa, holiday shopping, a carnival, and more.
8. Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is the perfect spot to release some steam and bounce off holiday stress. Walk-ins of all ages are welcome, but bear in mind that weekends can get busy, so book your spot online and fill out a waiver in advance.
9. Stone Mountain Park has REAL SNOW: five football fields of frosty joy. Zoom down the 400-foot hill in family-sized tubes, sno-boggin on smaller snow hills with little ones, build a snowman army, engage in snowball warfare, and end the day with a marshmallow roast. Picture perfect.
10. Kids ages 6 and up can scurry up the walls at the Stone Summit Climbing Gym, where day passes run just $15/person.