From A-Z, AlpharettaMoms.Org keeps you updated weekly on fun family things to do! Bunches of information in one place to make our lives a little easier! There are many venues below to make fun family memories from the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Botanical Garden to Chattahoochee Nature Center, Lanier Islands, Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta, Stone Mountain and more!
For those planning a sporting event, family reunion, wedding or other special events, the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau can be a great help with its free event planning resources that include securing group hotel rates, complimentary welcome bags for guests and insider tips on facilities and vendors. For more information about these services, visit www.awesomealpharetta.com.
The Alpharetta Welcome Center is located at 178 South Main Street, Suite 200 and is the best source for information on Alpharetta and all that it offers in the way of shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation, for visitors and residents alike. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
MONDAY MAYHEM Monday Nights 10pm – 2am (18 & up only) 21 & up FREE • 18 – 20 $10 Cover Roswell: Enjoy HALF OFF Racing, Simulators and Dark Ride Motion Theater PLUS Free Arcade Games, Drink Specials, Dancing, Bar Games, Giveaways and More! **Please note Groupons, SweetJack, Living Social and Half Off Depot vouchers are not valid during Monday Mayhem.**
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
Andretti Karting is saluting those that serve and protect us every day with a 20% discount for all active MILITARY, POLICE, FIRE and EMS personnel. Simply show your military or work ID when purchasing at our facility to receive discount.*Discount not valid in the Grill when paying with a Gift or Game Card.
TEACHER APPRECIATION FRIDAY NIGHTS
Show your school ID and receive a free Three-hour Time Play Video Game Card & 20% off Karting, Attractions and Meals in our Andretti Grill! *Time Play Card does not accrue tickets for redemption
KIDS EAT FREE Every Tuesday, kids eat free with the purchase of each entree of $8.49 or more. Kids meals for children 12 or younger, beverages not included and are valid for items ordered off our Kid’s Menu only.
This special holiday program is $20 for not-yet members, $15 for members, and $10 for children.
The Atlanta History Center’s cornerstone exhibition Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta remains open. Through artifacts, ephemera, interactive media, recording booths, immersive experiences, and Meet the Past museum theatre performances, this 7,700-square-foot exhibition shares the stories of individuals of many different backgrounds and perspectives who helped create the Atlanta we know today.
Conveniently located off of I-75, the Atlanta History Center is a unique 33-acre oasis nestled among one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods. Award-winning exhibitions, historic houses, enchanting gardens, interactive experiences, and a variety of year-round adult and family programs truly offer something for everyone looking to explore our region’s past. Admission tickets are all-inclusive of all History Center attractions, and guests enjoy free parking.
Veterans Park at the Atlanta History Center is dedicated to all of the men and women who have served – and continue to serve – the United States of America. The Park was designed not as a traditional veterans’ memorial, but as a unique gathering place encouraging reflection, personal connections to veterans, and a celebration of the lives of those who have sacrificed to secure our freedom.
Check out their Children’s Classes and Workshops, Cooking and Crafts, After School Explorer and more!
Preserve Hours: Mon-Sun, 8a-Dusk
Visitor Center Hours: Tue-Sat, 10a-4p, Sun, 12p-4p & Mon closed
January 21 – March 8 Stellaluna “How can we be so different and feel so much alike? And how we can feel so different and be so much alike?” These questions are at the heart of the best-selling book, Stellaluna, by author and illustrator, Janell Cannon. Notions of diversity and inclusion explored in the book inspired Center for Puppetry Arts Artistic Director Jon Ludwig to bring this story to the stage. “It’s a classic story of finding one’s place in the world and accepting others for what and who they are” says Ludwig. With birds and bats as the central protagonists in the story, the book is perfectly suited to be adapted for the puppet theater.”
The result is a cast of bird and bat rod puppets that will be manipulated using overt puppetry, a puppetry style in which the puppeteers are fully visible. They will be performed on a set that is larger than any production ever seen before at the Center. Scenic Designer F. Elaine Williams is pushing the physical boundaries of the Mainstage Theater at the Center to create a spectacular world for Stellaluna. Lighting by Liz Lee, original music by Dolph Amick, costumes by Erik Teague and sound by Gregory Montague round out the artistic team assembled by Ludwig to create this new production for the Center.
Continuing a collaborative tradition of working in and with schools to create new works (an initiative started in 2015), Ludwig and Center for Puppetry Arts Education Director Aretta Baumgartner will visit Atlanta Public Schools’ Burgess-Peterson Academy five times between September of 2019 and March of 2020. These visits empower students to explore the characters and themes in Stellaluna though creative dramatics, visual art, music, puppetry, reading and reflection activities. The reactions of the students to the material offers the Center’s artistic team valuable insights into what resonates with the students and why the story relevant in their lives. This information is then actively incorporated into the design and development of the production.
On February 2, Girl Scouts are invited to join the Center for Puppetry Arts for a celebration of puppetry and STEM! A special post-show Scouts-only presentation will make Science connections with the show and reveal the Technology behind the performances (including the computers, lights and sound systems we use to create our puppetry magic). A guided tour in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum will highlight the Engineering behind the Jim Henson puppets and puppetry traditions from across the world, and a customized Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ will celebrate the Math applications utilized in making a one-of-a-kind puppet (shapes, angles, measuring, symmetry, fractions). This activity is for Girl Scouts only and information is available at the Ticket Sales Office.
As part of the Center’s sensory-friendly initiative for visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory-Friendly Sunday for Stellaluna will be presented on Sunday, February 16 from noon to 5 p.m. This special afternoon will allow guests with ASD to experience programming in a comfortable and safe setting with staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD. Modifications and resources include a quiet zone, light and sound adjustments, fidget toys, sound-reducing headphones, sunglasses, and social stories.
Recommended for ages four and up, Stellaluna will be presented in the Mainstage Theater, January 21-March 8.
Reduced-price previews take place Tuesday Jan 21 and 22 at 10 a.m. and noon. The regular show schedule is as follows:
Tuesday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. and noon
Thurs – Friday: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
January 28-March 8
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
All-inclusive ticket prices vary but start at $19.50 (members) and $25 (nonmembers) and include entrance to the Create-A Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make, decorate and perform with their own Stellaluna Rod & String Puppet, as well as admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, featuring the world’s largest collection of Jim Henson puppets and one of the country’s largest collections of global puppets. Tickets can be purchased online at puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.
Families are invited to visit Children’s Museum of Atlanta free of charge during Family Free Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5. With programming centered around compassion and generosity, kids will have the opportunity to dance on stage with Mr. Greg’s Musical Madness, create cards for others with Open Hand Atlanta, learn how to help their community with Hands on Atlanta and more. Made possible by the support of the PNC Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation and CareSource, the three sessions will also offer the chance for kids to explore the Museum’s six permanent, interactive exhibits as well as Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Secrets of the Sewer™, which will be featured at the Museum for a limited time, through May 10, 2020.
To guarantee entrance, families must pre-register online, beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 for Session One, Two or Three. Families may not register for multiple sessions.
Family Free Days
Atlantans and their little ones are invited to experience a kindness-themed admission-free visit to the only educational venue of its kind in Atlanta
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Session One: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session Two: 1-3:30 p.m.
Session Three: 4-6:30 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
For more information or to register, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org/familyfreeday.
For more information or to support Children’s Museum of Atlanta, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org or call 404.659.KIDS 
Turtle Power through May 10 After more than three decades of battling evil and exemplifying teamwork, the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) will appear in an exhibit for children and families to enjoy at Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The four funny “heroes in a half shell” will share life lessons and team-building skills with their crime-fighting tactics in Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Secrets of the Sewer™ opening Jan. 18, 2020 in Atlanta.
In the exhibit, families will be transported to the underground home of the crime-fighting heroes to see what really happens in their secret hideaway. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brothers Leonardo (the tactical, courageous leader in blue), Michelangelo (the free-spirited jokester in orange), Raphael (the aggressive tough guy in red) and Donatello (the scientist and technological genius in purple) invite families to their New York City sewer lair to train together and learn about the Turtles’ comedic, skillful strategies.
The Turtles are known and respected for their teamwork. As the TMNT’s sensei and adoptive father Splinter often tells them, “Together there is nothing you cannot accomplish.” Through team-building challenges, collaborative games and mind-teasing puzzles, families and friends will learn skills to help them successfully work together. A few examples include:
• Building a “bridge” together and thinking creatively as a team to overcome challenges.
• Working together to fling pizza disks at arcade style targets using a ninja-powered pizza shooter.
• Planning ahead and using patience to navigate the rope maze.
• Practicing ninja speed while playing a dexterity-based reaction time game.
• Creating a sewer pipe together and seeing where it goes.
February: Children’s Museum of Atlanta will honor some of the nation’s greatest heroes with a variety of fun and educational activities all month long. Little ones can board the Peach State Flyer steam train to learn about the way African Americans helped shape history; discover Chinese culture with the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company; unearth the magic of National Tell a Fairy Tale Day and more! Kiddos will also have the opportunity to roam the sewers of New York City for a multitude of crime-fighting adventures alongside the “heroes in a half-shell” at the Museum’s traveling experience, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ™: Secrets of the Sewer!™
February Special Programming:
Black History Month
Wednesday, February 1 – Friday, February 29 (Except February 2, 5, 11, 14, 17, 22 and 23)
Children and families are invited to learn about prominent, historical figures through various activities as the Museum celebrates Black History Month. Visitors can join the Imaginators as they perform an original mini-musical, Peach State Flyer, or visit the Science Bar, Art Studio and Build It Lab to learn about the notable contributions that African Americans have made to science, technology, engineering and art.
Chinese New Year
Sunday, February 2
The Atlanta Chinese Dance Company is coming to the Museum to ring in The Year of the Rat! Founded in 1991, the Company entertains and educates audiences about Chinese history and culture through traditional dancing. Little ones will also have the opportunity to enjoy themed Music & Movement and Storytime programs. The day will finish off with a special craft in the Art Studio.
Family Free Day
Wednesday, February 5 (Session 1: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Session 2: 1-3:30 p.m.; Session 3: 4-6:30 p.m.)
Atlantans are invited to visit the Museum free of charge during Family Free Day. Throughout the day, kids will be introduced to different activities centered around kindness. Made possible by the support of the PNC Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation and CareSource, the three sessions will offer the chance for kids to explore the Museum’s six permanent, interactive exhibits as well as the new feature exhibit, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ™: Secrets of the Sewer!™. *Free tickets must be reserved in advance. Limited capacity. For more information, please visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org/familyfreeday.*
Friday, February 14
Love is in the air! Kids are encouraged to spread the messages of Valentine’s Day by creating a one-of-a-kind craft to share with family members and loved ones. The celebration will continue with a special reading of a story about kindness, happiness, Valentine’s Day-themed Music & Movement, a special science show and activities in the Built It Lab.
Monday, February 17
Children’s Museum of Atlanta welcomes little ones and their caretakers for an exceptional Presidents’ Day celebration. Guests can enjoy presidential treatment with special programming about the Oval Office and themed Storytime and Music & Movement programs.
National Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Saturday, February 22 – Sunday, February 23
An enchanting day of fantasy, lore and education awaits families who visit the Museum! Little ones can explore their wildest imaginations with special activities such as Fairy Tale-themed Reader’s Theatre, Music & Movement and Storytime. The magic will continue throughout the day with whimsical crafts in the Art Studio and a spectacular Science Show.
Let’s Move in Libraries
Saturday, February 29
Guests can enjoy a Storytime and Movement program presented by Fulton County Library System as a part of the Let’s Move in Libraries international initiative. The fun will continue with a mini musical performance of Peach State Flyer by the Imaginators, crafts in the Art Studio and opportunities to learn about the innovative contributions African Americans have made to science, technology, engineering and art in both the Built It Lab and Science Bar.
Feature Exhibit: Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ™: Secrets of the Sewer™
Saturday, January 18 – Sunday, May 10
Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Secrets of the Sewer will transport kiddos on an adventure to the underground home of the four funny “heroes in a half-shell” to explore cooperation skills, life lessons and master the brother’s crime-fighting tactics. Through team-building challenges, games and mind-teasing puzzles – all set in the ninja turtles’ secret hideaway, little ones will learn the power of working together to conquer the villains of New York City!
Building Blocks: Early Learning Programs
Tiny Club Monday
Kiddos can choose between TiNY Science Club and TiNY Artist Club to enjoy a 30-minute class designed especially for kids ages two to five and their caregivers. Families can also check out TiNY Builder Club, a drop-in class held from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Each program will be themed around the book of the month, Patrice Karst’s The Invisible String, and offer hands-on activities, professional instruction and the chance to learn something new!
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Little visitors and guardians are invited to get messy! Messy Thursdays offer slime, finger painting, new sensory activities and more every Thursday of the month! Let the Children’s Museum of Atlanta clean up the mess while the little ones have a blast with new activities and endless opportunities to try each and every week.
Friday Jam Session
10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Rock and roll into the weekend with this high energy, music-filled class guaranteed to shake out the wiggles and foster a love of music. Each week’s program offers new songs, instrument play and of course, dance breaks.
Largest gold mine east of the Mississippi. Travel 200 feet underground and hear tales of miner’s struggles to uncover gold deep within large quartz veins. Your tour guide welcomes interaction from the group as you experience life as a miner at the turn-of-the-century. They also offer gemstone mining – find colorful gems in every bucket!
Come and play at Dave & Buster’s newest location in Alpharetta ~ the one and only place you can enjoy great food and play hundreds of awesome arcade games! The restaurant’s mouth-watering, chef-crafted menu and beverage items, combined with the latest games and attractions provide the perfect setting for kids parties, corporate and group events. Guests can play more than 150 of the latest games including the Walking Dead, Tailgate Toss and Justice League!
OUR SENSES: AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE
Opens at Fernbank Museum on February 8
Riveting New Exhibit Includes Interactive Experiences that Reveal
How our Brains Make Sense of the World
In the highly experiential exhibition Our Senses: An Immersive Experience,Fernbank Museum presents a series of funhouse-like experiences that dare visitors to rely on their senses—and then reveal how and why what they perceive may not actually be what’s happening. Inspired by extraordinary diversity of sensory “super powers,” Our Senses invites children and adults alike to play with color, patterns, sounds, scents and textures to explore the science of our senses from Feb. 8 through May 3, 2020.
Visitors can experience interactive spaces designed to test perceptions and illuminate the complex relationships between sensing and perceiving. Guests are presented with an intriguing proposition that the five senses we most commonly know are not the full story; human sensory perceptions may seem like windows into the outside world, but actual perceptions are created in the brain. Every sight, sound, smell, taste and touch is detected by specialized sense systems that send signals to the brain. The brain then decodes signals into perceptions through detecting, selecting, correcting and balancing to influence the experience of “reality.” Not to be outdone, our inner senses, like hunger, thirst and tiredness, detect what our bodies need and team up with our outer senses, like vision, hearing and smell, to find things in the world that our bodies need to stay alive.
Throughout the exhibit, guests can put their senses to the test as they encounter challenges, interactions and technologies that help “make sense of their senses” while revealing the secret sights, sounds and smells that only other species know.
Interactive experiences include:
- Shine a white light on colorful decorated walls to reveal hidden images that show how different the world can appear when illuminated in white, blue, green, or red.
- Analyze an audio collage to track individual sounds, such as an individual instrument within an orchestra.
- Explore a garden through the eyes of a bee or a butterfly, where flowers appear like enormous targets, with ultraviolet marks that identify a meal.
- Use an infrared viewer to hunt like a snake using heat to detect prey.
- Dial into animal sounds normally outside the range of human hearing—including the calls of a whale, elephant, mouse and bat.
- See with your brain as you experience how you are able to interpret incomplete or inconclusive imagery.
- Discover what happens when your senses disagree in a balancing test, where your feet feel a flat floor but youreyes see curves, dips and ripples.
- Get hands-on in a touch zone that engages multiple types of nerve endings to feel different patterns, temperatures and textures.
- Sniff out fragrance notes to identify individual scents in a symphony of smells.
- Test a computer’s learning abilities by arranging puzzle-like pieces to create pictures then challenge the computer to get better at guessing what they are.
- Participate in a live show that explores why humans have senses and what’s unique about human perception (show times are limited and will be posted in exhibit)
“This highly immersive exhibit really showcases the senses, including how humans and other species simply could not survive without them–or the brain that decodes and processes the sensory information,” said Dr. Bobbi Hohmann, Vice President of Programming and Collections. “With the human drive for exploration and discovery, we have also been able to extend our senses and expand our abilities with technological innovations like microscopes, x-rays and ultrasonic sound waves. Guests will discover how these and other advancements have allowed humans to explore our world beyond the biological senses to make new discoveries.”
Our Senses is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org).Our Senses: An Immersive Experience is on view at Fernbank from Feb. 8-May 3, 2020. Tickets are included with general museum admission: $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, $18 for children ages 3-12 (no charge for ages 2 and under), and free for Fernbank members.
BACK FROM THE BRINK: SAVED FROM EXTINCTION
New Giant Screen Film, Narrated by Claire Danes, Brings Amazing True Wildlife Comeback Stories to Life in 3D at Fernbank’s Giant Screen Theater
BACK FROM THE BRINK: SAVED FROM EXTINCTION, a stunning new 3D Giant Screen film adventure narrated by Claire Danes, captures remarkable comeback stories of endangered species from around the world—which are rebounding thanks to human efforts to save them. The film opens at Fernbank Museum’s Giant Screen Theater on January 17, 2020.
Filmed on location in three unique regions around the globe, BACK FROM THE BRINK 3D uses the immersive giant screen format to plunge audiences into a wild world of breathtaking natural beauty and captivating wildlife behavior. Through a spectacular 3D experience, the film brings to life the amazing true story of three animal species whose numbers recently dwindled to near extinction, but were rescued from the brink, including California’s enchanting Channel Island Fox, China’s fabled Golden Monkey, and the wondrous migrating giant Red Crabs of Christmas Island, off the coast of Australia. The film also introduces people around the world—scientists, researchers, park rangers and students—who are working passionately to preserve these endangered species.
CHANNEL ISLAND FOX
Audiences discover how California’s enchanting Channel Island Fox has been rescued from an invasion of predatory Golden Eagles. In the fastest recovery of a species in the history of animal conservation, scientists helped solve the mystery of the fox population’s severely diminishing numbers and devised and executed an ingenious plan to save them—which included returning an iconic raptor, the American Bald Eagle—to the island to restore the ecology’s balance. Fox numbers have since rebounded from less than 100 into the thousands, allowing them to be removed from The Endangered Species List.
In the fabled mountains of China’s Yunnan Province, the film follows one of the world’s most endangered primates, the Golden Monkey—a creature so elusive it had never been photographed until the 1970s. Hunted nearly to extinction, this mythical society of primates was on the verge of collapse, numbering about 1500, when the efforts of one intrepid researcher changed everything. The revelations convinced the Chinese government to turn the region into one of the country’s first nature preserves. Now, the one-time hunters are becoming park rangers and are the biggest champions and protectors of the monkeys. In just a few decades, the population has gone from near extinction to more than 3,000.
CHRISTMAS ISLAND RED CRABS
Audiences can also witness the wondrous migration of the Red Crabs of Christmas Island and marvel at their recovery from a Crazy Yellow Ant infestation in one of the most successful bio-control experiments ever undertaken. The intruder ants arrived as a few stowaways on cargo ships—but swarmed into an invasion horde numbering several billion, which became a super colony that threatened the entire web of life on the island—especially the red crabs. In a daring experiment, Malaysian micro-wasps were imported and hoisted into the treetop canopy on makeshift elevators to counter balance the ant infestation. Dazzling giant screen filmmaking vividly captures the insect warfare being played out on a grand scale, as well as the red crab hatchlings emerging by the millions.
Ultimately, the film aims to engage and inspire audiences to take action and connect with nature. BACK FROM THE BRINK 3D shows that positive change is possible. Problems created by humans can be solved by humans.
BACK FROM THE BRINK 3D shows at Fernbank from January 17-April 30, 2020 in the Rankin M. Smith, Sr. Giant Screen Theater. 3D Movie tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $11 for children ages 3-12, and $8 for Fernbank members. Discounted movie tickets are available with a Value Pass, which also includes museum admission. Fernbank is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta.
The critically acclaimed National Ballet Theater of Odessa – Ukraine returns to the Fox Theatre to perform a brand-new production of “Romeo and Juliet,” the world’s greatest romantic tragedy.
One of classical ballet’s all-time favorites, the National Ballet Theater of Odessa’s production of “Romeo and Juliet” is set to Sergei Prokofiev’s romantic and powerful score with new choreography by Mikhail Lavrovsky. Alternating in the title role of Juliet are Elena Dobryanskaya and Olga Vorobyeva. Romeo will be danced by Sergey Dotsenko and Stanislav Skrynnik.
The New York Times describes the National Ballet Theater of Odessa, Ukrainian’s productions as “full of enchantment.” Northampton Chronicle & Echo raves “enchanting from start to finish, the National Ballet Theater of Odessa managed to bring a tear to my eye… the whole performance was executed with ultimate precision which saw not a step out of place.”
Arguably the most famous love story of all time, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” tells the tale of a boy and a girl from warring families who meet and fall in love. Fate is not on their side, however. Due to a series of fateful misunderstandings, the story of the two young lovers who try to elope ends in tragedy.
Tickets for Romeo and Juliet are on sale now and great seats are still available! Tickets start at $45 plus applicable fees and available at the Fox Theatre ticket office, FoxTheatre.org or by calling 855-285-8499. Guests can also purchase single-event access to the Marquee Club Presented by Lexus for pre-show through post-show entertaining in world-class luxury, enhanced food & beverage offerings plus additional concierge services for $55.
About National Ballet Theater of Odessa, Ukraine
The year 1923, was a milestone in the history of the Odessa City Theater when its Ballet Company staged an in-house production of Swan Lake for the very first time ever. The press called it “the first attempt to create a real ballet performance in the history of the City Theater”.
The ballet was staged by the ballet master Robert Balanotti. Swan Lake was followed by The Little Humpbacked Horse, Coppelia and Le Corsaire.
In 1926, Kasyan Goleizovsky came to Odessa. His groundbreaking approach to choreography had an immense effect on the future of the Odessa ballet troupe. His ballets Joseph the Beautiful, In the Sunlight, but foremost the breathtaking Polovetsian Dances from the A. Borodin opera Prince Igor, which attained international fame, immediately won the hearts and minds of the Odessa audience. The Theater-Club-Movie Magazine referred to Goleizovsky’s productions as “Contemporary ballet factory” and “Odessa, the ballet Hollywood”.
Georgia Aquarium is an entertaining, intriguing and educational experience for guests of all ages. While promoting a fun and enjoyable learning experience, the Aquarium instills in its guests a new appreciation for the world’s aquatic biodiversity. One of the Georgia Aquarium’s major goals is to be the leading facility for aquatic animal conservation and research.
Ways to Save:
11am – 4pm – Buy Online and Save: When you purchase your General Admission tickets online in advance, you’ll save over 10% off our walk-up pricing. Click here to purchase.
After 4pm – Imagination Nights: Enjoy Georgia Aquarium by night at a special ticket price! Visit the Aquarium after 4pm every day of the week to save over 30% off full priced admission. You’ll enjoy full access to the entire Aquarium! Restrictions apply.
Toddler Time: 10-11:30 a.m. on select dates
Event Fee: Each adult and child must have a paid ticket to attend. Cost does not include Aquarium Admission.
$16 ($8 per person) – Member
$20 ($10 per person) – Non-Member
Every Second Sunday of the Month enjoy FREE admission from 12 –5pm for all visitors. Enjoy special family-friendly programming from 1-4pm.
Every Thursday from 4-8 pm enjoy 1/2 priced admission. Toddler Thursdays: Bring your tot Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a new way of looking at the High’s collection through letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.No registration required. Free with museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Weekend Family Tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. The High Museum of Art is part of the Woodruff Arts Center.
First Saturday of Each Month between 9 a.m. – 12:00 pm. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 at all Home Depot stores. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
Margaritaville at Lanier Islands
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta invites healthcare professionals to enjoy a complimentary visit from Jan. 12 – Feb. 9 in honor of Healthcare Professionals Appreciation Month. As a small token of appreciation for the important work they do, the attraction is offering healthcare workers a special incentive to bring their families to explore the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground. The family friendly attraction features more than 2 million bricks and includes play areas, a 4D cinema, a replica of Atlanta called MINILAND, LEGO NINJAGO Training Camp, a LEGO café and more!
This special promotion offers healthcare professionals FREE admission and 25% off admission for their friends and family. This offer is only available on walk-up tickets and is not redeemable online.
Healthcare Professionals Appreciation Month
FREE admission to Healthcare Professionals and 25% off admission for up to six guests
Jan. 12 – Feb. 9
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
Phipps Plaza | Buckhead
3500 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Eligibility is for all healthcare and health insurance professionals – visit bit.ly/healthcarepromo for the full list of qualifying professions. Offer for walk-up guests only with valid employment ID and/or pay stub with name, job title and place of work. For more information, visit facebook.com/LDCatlanta or atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta invites little LEGO® lovers ages 5 and under to experience educational activities during Little Playtimes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Starting at 11 a.m., parents and their toddlers can join Playmakers in DUPLO Village for story time followed by a discussion and themed build. At 2 p.m., toddlers can identify colors and use motor skills to create shapes during a 45-minute Rainbow Build activity.
The family friendly attraction offers discounted entry for both parents and children. Following Little Playtimes, mini builders can explore play areas, rides and more during normal operation hours after each session. Tickets for Little Playtimes are $14.95 per person – a savings of $10 off regular admission. The attraction treats parents to a FREE regular tall Starbucks coffee with admission ticket.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Children ages 2 and under are free. Pre-booking tickets online is recommended for guaranteed entrance by visiting atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com. For more information, visit facebook.com/LDCatlanta or atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
Click HERE for AMO’s article on local library events that are FREE. Events range from infant to teenagers and adult!
Free Kids Clinics offered 1-2x per month on Saturdays year round from 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
Medieval Times is a thrilling, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th-century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six Knights competing in the joust and other tests of skill. See AMO’s post here with more detail on this fun entertainment for the family.
SRM has about 90 different cars, including Pullman cars, classic steam locomotives, and antique diesel-electric trains. Ride in restored cabooses and learn about the famous trains that made history! Special admission price of $7 and free train rides for home-schooled kids and their families! Learn about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad through arts and crafts, special exhibits, and scavenger hunts. 3595 Buford Hwy Duluth
Southern Museum offers a Mommy & ME preschool program every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 am. Designed for preschool age children ages three to five-years-old and their caregivers, the Museum’s history, themes and exhibits provide a fun and exciting starting point for educational activities. Free with museum admission. No reservations required.
The Southern Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a premier metro Atlanta museum, featuring exhibits on Civil War and locomotive history. The Southern Museum is home to the General locomotive, stolen during the Civil War’s Great Locomotive Chase; a reproduction of the locomotive assembly line from the Glover Machine Works; weapons, uniforms and every day items of Civil War soldiers; and the Jolley Education Center that features train history, hands-on activities for children and Georgia’s French Gratitude Train. Kennesaw
Open until Feb. 23, Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park is a winter wonderland of snow-filled fun and adventures. Hit the slopes on a 400-foot snow-covered hill in single tubes, double tubes, and even family-sized tubes. Then, head over to the Snow Zone where you’ll find tons of real snow and frosty activities everyone will enjoy.
Thrill seekers can conquer the all-new Dare Devil Plunge dark-tunnel ride, Snow Mountain’s tallest, fastest slope ever. Launch down the hill from over three stories high, reaching speeds of up to 30 mph while you zip through a 150-foot tunnel of lights. Take the plunge with a friend in a double tube, or slide solo in a single tube on this daring new ride. Stay into the evening for Galactic Snow Tubing, an out-of-this-world nighttime experience with lasers, lights and music.
Tickets, entertainment schedule and attraction hours are available online at stonemountainpark.com. An All-Attractions Pass includes access to Stone Mountain Christmas located in the Crossroads area of the park. Snow Mountain tickets include a two-hour tubing session and all-day access to the Snow Zone play area located on the laser lawn. Galactic Snow Tubing sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. on Snow Mountain operating days. Space is limited and advanced reservations are strongly recommended.
Are you looking for something adventurous AND nature-oriented? Treetop Quest is an aerial adventure park which means ziplines and obstacles in the trees! 2 locations in Gwinnett and Dunwoody. Great family fun for ages 4 and up! Come swing in our trees with us!
Treetop Quest is a self-guided activity comprised of treetop obstacles and zip-lines. Our courses range in difficulty from easy to very challenging, so the entire family will have a blast! Once you are equipped, we will teach you how to operate your equipment and you will be good to swing through each course as many times as you want, for 2.5 hours (according to age limit as indicated below).
Georgia and the Atlanta area are full of hiking trails for all skill levels. See our article with suggestions for hikes and visiting waterfalls in the Atlanta area and beyond!
Yellow River Game Ranch is a popular destination to encounter, feed and pet animals. Located 2 1/2 miles east of Stone Mtn on Hwy 78, it offers a chance to meet wildlife on a close and personal basis. Stroll along a mile-long trail on 24 wooded acres and encounter white-tailed deer, bunnies, buffalo, sheep, kid goats, black bears and more!
Every Sunday from 1:00–4:00 p.m., visit the Woodruff Arts Center for FREE family activities, including art-making workshops, ASO backstage tours and more! The Woodruff Arts Center Atlanta, Georgia is one of the only arts venues in the United States to offer both visual and performing arts on a single campus. The Woodruff produces outstanding theatre, music and exhibitions for over 800,000 patrons each year.
The Woodruff Arts Center serves over 200,000 students annually and is proud to be recognized as Georgia’s largest arts educator. Whether it’s summer camps for middle school students or theatre made for the youngest audiences, families with children of all ages will be able to explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive environment.
Keeping It Cool – Flavorful floats aren’t the only frozen fun at World of Coke this summer. Also in the Taste It! Beverage Lounge, a variety of slushie beverages will be available to help guests keep cool during the hottest months of the year. For $5, choose from flavors including Melon Frosty and Blue Raspberry.
An integral part of downtown Atlanta’s fabric for more than 25 years, World of Coca‑Cola has welcomed guests from six continents, more than 100 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Join over 25 million people who have visited the Atlanta attraction and experience the history of the world’s most famous beverage brand at the dynamic, multimedia home of the 132-year-old secret formula for Coca‑Cola. Get closer than ever before to the vault containing the secret recipe, view more than 1,200 historic artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Take a trip around the world in a thrilling 4-D movie experience, take a photo with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 beverages from around the globe.
World of Coca-Cola offers more than 100 drinks from around the world in its one-of-a-kind Taste It! Beverage Lounge. From delicious classics to your new favorite that you probably didn’t even know existed, you can sample and savor them all. Plus, sip on some of the latest and greatest Coke products at the lounge’s Sampling Bar.
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