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The Best Things to Do In Atlanta with Kids

By April 24, 2023May 1st, 2023No Comments
Best Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids

Atlanta is a bustling city with plenty of kid-friendly activities! In this post, you’ll discover some of the best activities in Atlanta to do with kids from newborns through teenagers, organized by age group!

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, caregiver, auntie or uncle, teacher, or mentor – these ideas will help you entertain and spark curiosity in kids of all ages.

From story times to museums, craft activities, outdoor excursions, volunteer projects, and everything in between – it’s time for an unforgettable adventure!

A few of our favorite things to do in Atlanta with kids:

Read on for more details on these activities, and more ideas!

  • Sign up for a baby-friendly music class, swim lesson, or story time
  • Keep toddlers entertained with an indoor playground, museum, and performances
  • Introduce preschoolers to dance lessons, puppet shows, and other creative programs
  • “Wow” grade-school kids with dinosaurs, roller skating, and trampolines
  • Connect with your teen through programs that will foster their sense of purpose and identity

In this post, you’ll find:

  • Fun activities for Atlanta babies and infants and their caregivers
  • Atlanta ideas to keep toddlers entertained
  • Educational and fun activities for grade-school kids in Atlanta
  • Atlanta things to do with teenagers and adolescents
  • Best family activities: Atlanta and beyond

Atlanta Activities for Infants: Newborn – 12 Months

The Music Class - Things to Do in Atlanta with Kids

1. The Music Class

The Music Class is a family-owned local Atlanta business focusing on early childhood music education. With programs around the world, The Music Class offers hands-on classes for children as young as infants and their grown-ups.

Join a class to “sing, dance, play instruments, and have a blast!” With over two decades of experience, The Music Class offers nine metro Atlanta locations as well as in-home classes!

2. The Bunny Hive

The Bunny Hive is a charming spot for little ones and their grownups to socialize together. With drop-in classes and membership options, The Bunny Hive is designed for children two weeks through four years old to learn, play, and explore.

Together, you’ll delve into “music, sensory art, baby massage, ballet, culinary exploration, learning lab, story time, and more.”

3. Goldfish Swim School

It’s never too early to instill safe swimming skills – especially if you plan to bring your little one on pool, lake, or river adventures!

Many Atlanta swim clubs offer classes for babies. For instance, Goldfish Swim School offers specially designed lessons for babies as young as four months. With locations in Decatur, Sandy Springs, Roswell, and Johns Creek, Goldfish Swim School also offers kid-friendly amenities.

Classes can help keep your little one safe while also building muscles and coordination. For more resources, check out Dynamo Swim Club, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, and other Atlanta swim clubs!

4. Mister John’s Music

Mister John’s Music provides award-winning music education programs for babies, kids, and adults. Originally founded in Philadelphia, Mister John’s Music is coming to Atlanta with trial classes starting in spring 2023!

Explore artists of the week like Alicia Keys and Journey, take part in drag queen story time, and get into interactive music videos. Classes promote creativity, inclusivity, and kindness – with fun surprises throughout!

5. Library Story Time

One of our favorite classic activities for babies and young toddlers: check with your local library to see if they offer a story time! Many branches of Fulton, DeKalb, and other Atlanta-area libraries offer public programming for young children, including Story Hour.

For example, several DeKalb County library branches regularly host a Books and Babies Storytime for ages 0-3 years. For slightly older children, try Sensory Play (ages 1-5 years) and Toddler Storytime (ages 18-36 months).

Things to Do in Atlanta with Toddlers: Ages 1-3

Atlanta Activities for Toddlers

6. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids

At the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (“INK”) in Gainesville, little ones can let their imaginations run wild through unique, hands-on exhibits.

Here, toddlers can adventure through a variety of play spaces built to replicate aspects of the real world in a kid-friendly way! For instance, INK’s exhibition stations include a play medical clinic, bank, beauty salon, grocery store, post office, and more!

Geared toward ages 2-12 and designed by educators, INK is a truly unique space that can help kids develop real-world skills while having fun.

7. HippoHopp

Located in Brookhaven, HippoHopp is a “green” indoor playground and birthday venue for ages 0-10 that prides itself on its eco-friendliness.

Special touches include zero-VOC paint, non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products, a focus on recycling and reduced waste, and a “Hippo Cafe” with organic and allergy-friendly food options.

While a variety of ages are welcome, this spot is especially perfect for toddlers. Bring your little one and enjoy a day of hopping, exploring, and playing together!

8. Theatre for the Very Young: Alliance Theatre

Atlanta’s beloved Alliance Theatre offers Theatre for the Very Young performances for children ages 0-5 and their grown-ups. Attending a show is a great way to nurture creativity and offer your child a fun artistic experience.

Young theatre-goers are invited to clap, sing along, and participate as performers onstage present works designed to delight young audiences and retain short attention spans!

Atlanta Activities for Preschoolers: Ages 3-5

Atlanta Dance Lessons for Kids

9. TADA Dance Academy

TADA Dance Academy on Cheshire Bridge Rd. welcomes students as young as age 3! Their website shares that these classes “are meant to be fun and encourage confidence while introducing basic dance movement and musicality.”

If your little one shows a propensity for dancing and entertaining, consider signing them up for dance classes to foster their joy and sense of self-trust through movement!

10. Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is the perfect spot to bring preschool-aged kids. Located downtown, this museum was designed with kids younger than 8 in mind.

Permanent exhibits include Leap into Learning, Let Your Creativity Flow, Step Up to Science, and more. With interactive stations designed to engage young minds, this spot is a “win” for a day of learning and fun!

Additionally, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta hosts temporary special exhibitions, educational programs, and family and cultural events.

11. Center for Puppetry Arts

Located in Midtown Atlanta, the Center for Puppetry Arts offers performances, museum exhibits, and educational workshops that spark imagination through puppetry.

Generally, the Center for Puppetry Arts recommends its Family Series shows for ages 4+. That said, you’ll find programs here for all ages – including adults-only shows! In the museum, see iconic puppets from around the world, as well as Jim Henson’s works.

While puppets in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum exhibitions are subject to change, you’ll frequently find Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Kermit, and other favorites on display!

Entertain School-Age Kids in Atlanta: Ages 5-12

Roller Skating Rink Atlanta Things to Do with Kids

12. Sparkles Family Fun Center

With a variety of Atlanta locations, Sparkles Family Fun Center is a roller skating destination for kids and all ages! Get a ticket for a public skating session, with skate rental available.

Additionally, Sparkles offers seasonal family events, as well as regularly scheduled Adult Skate Nights.

Explore Sparkles’ locations in Smyrna, Gwinnett, Kennesaw, and Hiram.

13. SkyZone Trampoline Park

With the motto “Fun rules here!,” SkyZone Trampoline Park shares that jumping, yelling, and climbing ARE allowed! Let kids be kids at this fun spot where you can jump, flip, spin, climb, play, and more!

SkyZone has locations in Roswell, McDonough, Buford, and (coming soon), Smyrna and Douglasville. Additionally: with special programs for “Little Leapers” and “Sensory Hours,” this is an inclusive destination for the whole family.

14. Fernbank Museum of Natural History

At Fernbank Museum of Natural History, kids can “experience a World of WOW!” Located in the Druid Hills area, this museum is also home to a Giant Screen Theater and the 75-acre Fernbank Forest! Explore indoor and outdoor exhibits, educational programs, award-winning science documentaries, and more.

Craving a date night without the kiddos? Check out Fernbank After Dark for ages 21+ only – with live music, full bars, tapas, science demonstrations, and more.

Additionally, check out the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville for more dinosaurs, natural history, and a planetarium!

Unique Atlanta Activities for Teenagers: Ages 13-17

Atlanta Activities for Teenagers and Kids

15. Grant Park Food Tour

Is your teen interested in food or history? If so, take the Grant Park Past & Future Food Walk together! This walking tour delves into the future of Southern cuisine while exploring Atlanta’s past through fascinating stories. Along the way, you’ll taste 8 dishes at 3 locally-owned food stops.

As a bonus, this experience is the perfect chance to share tips on restaurant etiquette with your teen. You can encourage them to ask questions about dishes and interact with the tour guide and other guests!

Additionally, this 2.5 hour long experience includes a walk through Historic Oakland Cemetery, where many noteworthy Atlantans have been laid to rest.

16. National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Is your Gen Z or Gen Alpha kid ready to change the world? Inspire them to channel their outlook into positive action with a visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. You’ll leave feeling motivated to work together toward bettering our future.

Located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta and rooted in our city’s history, this museum explores a variety of human rights and civil rights movements around the world. The first floor of the Center focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with papers and artifacts that tell the story of his life and work.

Pro tip: combine this experience with our Martin Luther King, Jr. Atlanta History Tour nearby to delve deeper into Dr. King’s life and legacy!

17. Zoo Atlanta “Volunteen” Program

Is your teenager looking to build their resume while doing something fun and unique? Encourage them to apply for Zoo Atlanta’s “Volunteen” Program for ages 14-17!

Accepted students will have the opportunity to build their knowledge in animal science and conservation while contributing 160 service hours over the course of a year.

For more ideas for teenagers, check out our blog post: Things to Do in Atlanta with Teenagers!

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