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!
See a list of Alpharetta Only Events HERE! Alpharetta Farmers Market, Alpharetta Food Truck Alley, Alpharetta Arts Streetfest 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.
EXTREME HAPPY HOURGet off the roads and onto the right track to after work fun! Andretti Roswell has some great weekday deals to make your evening commute much better. Monday-Friday, 4pm-7pm, enjoy these great specials PLUS all attractions are 50% OFF with your same-day Happy Hour receipt from the Andretti Grill.* *Half off attractions excludes karting.
Cocktails in the Garden: Explore the city’s lush urban oasis during extended evening hours on Thursdays from May through September at Cocktails in the Garden. As an after-hours social for young professionals, a romantic date night for couples or simply a fun friends’ outing for still others, the event offers specialty drinks from full cash bars and live music by deejays from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. It’s also a unique opportunity to experience the summer exhibition Imaginary Worlds: Alice in Wonderland after dark when the show’s giant topiary-like plant sculptures are dramatically lit. Finally, guests may round out the evening with dinner at the Garden’s Longleaf restaurant. Reservations are recommended.
Imaginary Worlds: Alice Wonderland Visitors are sure to think they’ve fallen down a rabbit hole this May when Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland springs to life at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The exhibition of giant topiary-like plant sculptures, through October 27 at both the Midtown and Gainesville gardens, is back by popular demand after last summer’s blockbuster show, Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time. Featured are 16 installations of 38 individual sculptures, and many of last year’s crowd-favorites will make a comeback – some donning coats of different plant palettes than before.
The Official Atlanta City Pass gives you admission to 5 Must-See Atlanta attractions and is a way to save money and have fun all at once! Visit the Georgia Aquarium, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, College Football Hall of Fame, Center for Civil and Human Rights and Zoo Atlanta.
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
To continue its mission to inspire imagination, education and community through the global art of puppetry, the Center for Puppetry Arts is rolling out more educational programming for guests of all ages! Throughout the 2019-2020 season, patrons can look forward to new initiatives for toddlers and teens, expanded sensory-friendly events and additional STEM programming.
The Explore Puppetry Series of workshops for ages 18+ will kick off this season with A Pickle of Pink Elephants: The Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade Puppet Workshop, a workshop on the design and construction of parade puppets. Other workshops for adults include a class on movement, Action & Reaction! Movement Magic for Puppetry by Alex & Olmsted of Takoma Park, Maryland; Mid-Week Monitor Night hosted by the Center’s Beau Brown, an event focused on the use of monitors for puppeteering in film and television; and The Art of Business/The Business of Art, presented by That Puppet Guy, Lee Bryan of Atlanta.
The Junior Explorers Series workshops have also been amplified this year. In addition to Puppet Camp and a workshop on Brazilian Hand Puppets, puppet fans ages 13 and 14 can attend the new Teen Puppet Club!
The Distance Learning Program, the Center’s award-winning digital platform, will continue to present curriculum-based workshops, puppet shows and museum tours to the world – virtually. This season, Distance Learning will also begin to offer Continuing Education Classes in puppetry for adults. New, simple cloud technology allows the Center to take its programming to classrooms and individuals. The Distance Learning team will also be collaborating with Assistant Professor Kate Fu of Georgia Tech to develop a new STEM program to add to its digital offerings. In addition to the Distance Learning program, this collaboration will focus on enhancing and increasing all of the STEM initiatives, including the Girl Scout STEM days and the new STEM-focused tour of the World of Puppetry Museum.
The Center for Puppetry Arts is committed providing sensory-friendly programming for guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder and will introduce Sensory-Friendly Sundays in the 2019-2020 season. On these select Sundays throughout the season, the Family Series performance, Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ and the Worlds of Puppetry Museum will all be adjusted all day long to support our guests with ASD. In addition, guests will be welcomed by staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD. Guests will also have access to social stories, fidget toys, sunglasses, noise-reducing headphones and a quiet room.
Old McDonald’s Farm July 30 – September 1: Over a dozen animal puppets and two farmhand-puppeteers will take the stage at the Center for Puppetry Arts during Old MacDonald’s Farm, July 30 – September 1. The Theater for the Very Youngproduction is adapted and directed by award-winning director Amy Sweeney and is created specifically with the developmental stages of young children in mind. Based on the universally well-known children’s song, the family-favorite show explores a day in the life of a farm.
In designing and building the show, Resident Puppet Builder Jason Hines and his team focused primarily on two things: scale and texture. To capture the experience of actually being on a farm, the puppets were built as close to the actual size of the animals as possible. The puppet bodies are fabricated out of materials that replicate the same textures as their real-life counterparts. Even the set has a textured look and feel. The show will be performed using Overt Puppetry in which the puppeteers are visible and fully integrated into the action.
Recommended for ages 2 and up, Old MacDonald’s Farm will be performed in the Downstairs Theater, July 30 – September 1. Discounted tickets are available for preview days, July 30 and 31 at 10 and 11:30 a.m.
Regular show times are as follows:
- Wednesday-Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
All-inclusive ticket prices vary but start at $9.75 (Members) and $19.50 (nonmembers) and include entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make, decorate and perform with their own Shy Sheep Hand Puppet, as well as admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, featuring the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets in the world as well as a global gallery. Tickets can be purchased online at puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.
A Pickle of Pink Elephants: The Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade Puppet Workshop: Aug. 20-22, 2019
Presented by Chantelle Rytter & Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons, creators of the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade
Backstage with…Frogtown Mountain’s Sleepy Silly Hollow!: Oct. 29, 2019
Presented by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers
The Art of Business/The Business of Art: Dec. 10, 2019
Presented by Lee Bryan, That Puppet Guy
Sunday’s on the River Concerts Second Sundays, May-September 7-9 pm Live music fills the stage on the second Sundays from May to September. This is the perfect time to take in CNC after hours, with sunsets, cool evenings, and the sounds of music filling the air. Bring a chair and a picnic and enjoy great music surrounded by nature. See AlpharettaMoms Activity Guide for more information.
$12 General Public and $8 CNC Members – Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA – 770-992-2055
Family Free Days!! Children’s Museum of Atlanta will once again provide free access to resources and experiences that promote learning through the power of play with Family Free Days. The next Family Free Day will take place on August 21. With programming specifically centered around arts and music, kids will have the opportunity to draw with chalk in the Art Studio, learn about the science of color at the Science Bar, make xylophones in the Build It Lab 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 Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit, which runs through September 8, 2019.
Wednesday, August 21
Session One: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session Two: 1-3:30 p.m.
Session Three: 4-6:30 p.m.
To guarantee entrance, families must pre-register online, beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20 for Session One, Two or Three. Families may not register for multiple sessions. 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 
Family Free Days will include three two-and-a-half hour sessions per day to maximize attendance, visitor experience and impact; extended after-school and after-work hours designed to reach 1,800 guests each day; themed content, such as literacy, STEM, healthy living, social and emotional skills, etc., presented in a festival-like atmosphere; full access to the Museum; and more. Family Free Days will begin in February 2019 and will take place in the spring, summer and fall. For more information or to register, please visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org
Summer vacation may be nearing its end, but the fun is just getting started at Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Families can visit the Museum and honor human and furry friends alike this August with games and activities that encourage teamwork, togetherness and even the opportunity to adopt a canine companion. The celebratory energy will continue throughout the month with music, crafts and costumes during the festival of Eid al Adha and the Museum’s third annual TinyCon™. Future doctors, veterinarians and caretakers also still have the chance to participate in the highly-interactive exhibit based on Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning television series, “Doc McStuffins” all month long!
August Special Programming:
Eid Al Adha
Sunday, August 18
Families are invited to celebrate the festival of Eid al Adha with the Ismaili Muslim Community to commemorate the Festival of the Sacrifice. Children will enjoy music, crafts and gorgeous costume pieces from Tajikistan, India, Egypt and Morocco as part of the celebration. In addition, kids can get henna art designs painted on their hands and even make and taste a traditional holiday food during Children’s Museum’s special edition of “Eat a Georgia Rainbow.”
Family Free Day
Wednesday, August 21 (Session 1: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Session 2: 1-3:30 p.m.; Session 3: 4-6:30 p.m.)
Families are invited to enjoy the Museum free of charge once every quarter. Throughout the day, kids will have the opportunity to participate in arts and music-themed activities while celebrating creativity and innovation. 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 Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit. Free tickets are limited and advance reservation is required. For more information, please visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org/familyfreeday.
National Dog Day
Sunday, August 25
From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., families will have the chance to bring a furry friend home! Non-profit organizations Furkids will be onsite with adorable adoptable dogs in honor of National Dog Day. Canine Companions will also add to the festivities by sharing a dog’s journey from puppy-hood to hero. In addition, little ones are invited to head to the Art Studio and create prints of the constellation “Canis Major,” which includes “Sirius” – also known as the “Dog Star!”
Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1
Tiny adventurers are invited to dress up and come to Children’s Museum of Atlanta for the third annual TinyCon™. This two-day celebration will include fantasy, science fiction, comics and gaming tailored to little ones. Kiddos will have the opportunity to learn in the Archaeology Lab at the Science Bar, build lightsabers and learn how to harness the “force” with Jedi Training and take part in a TinyCon™ costume parade around the Museum. In addition, young artists can learn how to use pixels to create their very own masterpieces in the Art Studio and young chefs can blend their own smoothies in Princess Zelda’s ‘Breath of the Wild’ cooking class. The Museum will also offer a Pokémon Scavenger hunt, temporary tattoo station and a custom fantasy and superhero mask making table all day long.
Feature Exhibit: Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit
January 8-September 8, 2019
Young learners are invited to experience the first-ever museum exhibit based on Disney Junior’s Peabody Award-winning television series, “Doc McStuffins.” The highly interactive English and Spanish bilingual experience transports kids and families from Doc’s backyard clinic to the Toy Hospital. There, families are invited to perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients while learning about healthy habits, compassion and nurturing care.
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 2-5 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 offers hands-on activities, professional instruction and the chance to learn something new!
Little visitors and guardians are invited to get messy! Messy Thursdays offer slime, finger painting 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
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, circle time activities 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! Conveniently located across from North Point Mall, Dave & Buster’s offers fun for the whole family! 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!
Hours and Location:
6500 North Point Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30022
Sun – Thur 11:00 a.m. – Midnight
Fri – Sat 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
View our article HERE on Dave & Busters weekly specials to save $$!!
The Atlanta area is not lacking in wonderful Farmer’s Markets! Visit our article for area Farmer’s Markets – some are open year round and others seasonally!
Fernbank Museum will debut Fantastic Forces, an all-new permanent exhibit on Saturday, July 20, engaging guests of all ages in dynamic, hands-on experiences that explore combustion, aerodynamics, plate tectonics, centripetal force, simple machines and other areas of STEM* learning. The opening coincides with the 50th anniversary of one of the most incredible scientific achievements in history—the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969.
Guests will boldly blast off, defy gravity, play tug of war, twist, shake, float and fly as they interact with the forces and processes that shape our planet—from the constructive and destructive forces of nature to the physical forces that influence the motion and behavior of all matter.
Activities include interactive stations that highlight the science of rockets, tornadoes, earthquakes, liquefaction, lightning, planetary orbits, gravity, and more. From using pulleys to elevate themselves into the air to building hot wax volcanoes, and from creating a tornado to launching a rocket, guests will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of scientific principles.
Fantastic Forces opens as part of Fernbank’s Moon Landing Celebration on Saturday, July 20, reinforcing many of the principles that enabled Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to take the first steps on the moon. In addition to the new exhibit, the Moon Landing Celebration features space-themed activities, special screenings of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition and access to the special NASA exhibit, Sun, Earth, Universe.
To enjoy other outdoor programming, including Ranger Explorations, Forest Walks, Tadpole Tales or Bird Walks, visit Fernbank’s Calendar of Events at FernbankMuseum.org.
Great Barrier Reed 3D:
Throughout Great Barrier Reef 3D, guests follow Jemma Craig, a young underwater photographer and reef native, in her mission to document work being done by volunteers, researchers and citizen scientists to better understand and protect the reef and its inhabitants.
The movie uses stunning 3D footage shot exclusively for giant screen and IMAX® theaters to provide audiences with an up-close view of the fascinating creatures that live there such as Dwarf Minke whales, migrating green sea turtles, fluorescent corals only visible after dark and the Maori Wrasse named Wally who is a local legend on the reef.
In addition to three floors of indoor exhibits and 75-acres of outdoor trails and experiences, Fernbank has added a variety of additional programming during construction, including:
- Sun, Earth, Universe Naturalist Center exhibit opening April 2019
- Games in the Gallery outdoor installation from May 25-Aug. 4.
- Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants special exhibit from June 8 –Aug 18.
Superpower Dogs: Experience the life‐saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs in new film Superpower Dogs 3D showing in Fernbank’s 4-story Giant Screen Theater.
In this inspiring true story, our best friends are also real‐life superheroes. Journey around the globe with narrator Chris Evans (Captain America: The First Avenger) to meet six remarkable dogs who save lives alongside their human partners. Watch as they brave earthquakes and avalanches, protect endangered species such as rhinos and elephants and transform the lives of people with special needs.
October 5 Peppa Pig’s Adventure: Peppa Pig, George and their friends are back with a brand new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure. The latest rendition of Peppa Pig Live!, one of the most successful family theater tours in North American history, will visit cities coast to coast in the United States including Atlanta on Saturday, October 5, at 4 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.
Ticket prices start at $25, plus applicable fees. Single-event access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus will be available for purchase on top of your show ticket. Marquee Club passes are $40 per person and include an enhanced pre-show through post-show experience with complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages. Additionally, there will be a $10 Marquee Club pass price available for our patrons 10 years of age and under.
In Peppa Pig’s Adventure, Peppa gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music. The happy campers soon settle down to sleep and listen to the gentle pitter-patter of rain. Safe and warm inside their tents, the excited group can look forward to morning time, when there will be lots of muddy puddles to play in.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze November 30 & December 1 Featuring 20 of the world’s best acts, over 300 costumes and new holiday scenes by renowned Broadway Director, Neil Goldberg, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE brings its latest electrifying and reimagined live family holiday spectacular to the Fox Theatre with three unforgettable performances.This critically-acclaimed extravaganza is both a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!
Tickets are now on sale at FoxTheatre.org, the Fox Theatre Ticket Office and 855-285-8499. Ticket prices start at $45.50, plus applicable fees. Single-event access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus will be available for purchase on top of the show ticket. Marquee Club passes are $55 per person and include an enhanced pre-show through post-show experience with complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages. Group discounts for ten or more are available by calling (404) 881-2011.
The one and only Cirque Dreams Holidaze has been hailed by the New York Daily News as “A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load.” It’s “the perfect holiday gift and show everyone will enjoy,” raved BroadwayWorld of the sold-out performances that “dazzled…at The Kennedy Center,” Washington Post. The Tennessean proclaimed it “A dazzling Holidaze Spectacle…for both young and old” at the Grand Ole Opry House.
Set in a multi-million-dollar wonderland of elaborate scenes and dozens of original holiday production numbers, audiences nationwide will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as they experience over 300 spectacular costumes and 20 of the world’s most astonishing acts. Broadway singers perform original music along with a new twist on seasonal favorites such as “Deck The Halls,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” On the edge-of-your-seat feats are performed by toy soldiers, snowmen, penguins, candles, reindeer, gingerbread, carolers, Santa and colossal ornaments flying, balancing and stretching imaginations in this groundbreaking holiday stage spectacular. It’s “Las Vegas…meets family entertainment…meets musical theatre” touts the Boston Globe.
For more information, visit: www.cirqueproductions.com
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
LEGO® NINJAGO®: Master Wu’s Mission at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta kicks off July 6
Calling all ninjas in training! Master Wu is ready to challenge guests with an EPIC mission! LEGO® NINJAGO® has been summoned to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta through August 31. Visitors will become a master NINJAGO warrior by conquering the Spinjitzu Mountain, directing a mini movie creation, building activities and more! Kids can even meet and greet one of the stars of NINJAGO, Kai, who has fire elemental powers.
The LEGO NINJAGO: Master Wu’s Mission event features the following activities which are all included with admission:
Build a Mega Mech Machine
Families can work together to assemble a mech machine and test it down Spinjitzu mountain!
Create your Epic Battle Movie
Guests can make the most awesome ninja battle sequence at the stop motion tables.
Meet and Greet Kai
Kids will strike a ninja pose or take a selfie with everyone’s favorite NINJAGO hero, Kai. An unforgettable photo-op for the family!
LEGO® Ninjago 4D Short Movie
Families can experience the action-packed world of NINJAGO with sights and smells in this explosive 4D adventure.
The LEGO® Ninjago Training Camp
Little ninjas will dodge lasers in the maze and master speedy building skills at the NINJAGO reaction game.
For a list of planned activities, attraction hours and ticket prices, visit http://bit.ly/2Y4QKxh.
Escape to LEGO® world with new virtual reality attraction that combines sight, sound and motion
The race is on this summer as LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta launches The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience. The Great LEGO Race VR Experience invites kids and parents to escape reality to an exhilarating, action-packed virtual LEGO world.
Guests buckle up and enter a brick-filled virtual world that engages the senses by combining sight, sound and motion. Racers will drive brick-built vehicles against several LEGO® MINIFIGURE competitors, including a pirate, wizard, surfer and pharaoh. With twists and turns throughout the course, guests race in hopes of becoming the next Great LEGO Race Champion.
The 360-video experience allows guests to see all around them as they venture across a rocky mountain, rolling river and even hot lava. Step into The Great LEGO® Race VR Experience for new discoveries, from racing against a LEGO-build, rocket-powered, windsurfing rig to an ornately canopied bed (called a “litter”) carried by mummy servants.
The VR Experience is designed for guests six years old and older and will cost an additional $5. Pre-booking tickets is recommended for guaranteed entrance by visiting atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com or connecting with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta on Facebook.
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.
Six Flags Over Georgia the Thrill Capital of the South— announces the tallest swinging pendulum ride in the Southeast, Pandemonium, makes its world debut on May 24. Towering an incredible 15-stories tall—this exhilarating thrill ride reaches speeds up to 70 miles per hour, as it whips back and forth—higher and higher to give riders stunning views of the breathtaking Atlanta city skyline.
Pandemonium is an oversized pendulum ride that sends riders on a dizzying journey to extreme heights; delivering epic, high-flying thrills for guests of all ages.
- Riders soar through the air at speeds of 70 miles per hour;
- The pendulum swings back and forth while rotating counterclockwise; and
- As guests swing higher and higher, they experience a feeling of weightlessness while flying an exhilarating 147 feet in the air.
Pandemonium is the centerpiece of the park’s new ScreamPunk-themed area, featuring four exciting rides, four revamped food locations and the all-new Pandemonium Gift Shop.
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
Stone Mountain Park is located 15 miles east of downtown Atlanta. To visit, take I-285 to Exit 39B, Hwy. 78 East. Stone Mountain Park is at Exit No. 8 on Hwy. 78. For ticketing and attractions details or hours of operation call 800-401-2407 or visitwww.stonemountainpark.com.
New this summer are live performances by the Zuzu African Acrobats as seen on America’s Got Talent. Originally from Mombasa, Kenya, these amazing athletes feature high-energy, traditional entertainment from East Africa including incredible feats of agility, limbo, contortion, pyramid building, comedy and much more. It’s a non-stop, thrill-a-minute production for the whole family.
Plenty of other performances will keep families entertained throughout the summer including International Rockin’ Rhythms, an adventure across the globe, one song at a time; Alf and Ralph: Mystery at Pebble Ridge, a hilarious whodunnit train ride aboard the Scenic Railroad; Ask Dave, the Great Rock! everyone’s favorite giant talking boulder and self-proclaimed world expert, and so much more.
The nightly Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision has added yet another exciting element this year—a giant fire wheel. Known as a Catherine Wheel, Stone Mountain Park’s is the largest in North America and features fireworks which display bright colors over 50 feet in diameter while causing the wheel to turn even faster.
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).
Amicalola Falls at Amicalola Falls State Park which is Cherokee for “tumbling waters,” boasts seven cascades at Amicalola Falls State Park. At 729 feet, it is the tallest waterfall in the state. Located in the Northeast Georgia Mountains north of Dawsonville, the park and falls are a perfect family destination for the adventure set. Plan to spend the day hiking the trails near the waterfalls, ranging from short journeys to an eight-mile approach trail that will lead you to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the Appalachian Trail. When you’re ready to rest, options range from camping, to a more hotel-style mountain-top lodge, to the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia’s only backcountry lodge, reachable by a 5-mile hike.
Tallulah Falls in Tallulah Gorge State Park is a series of six falls cascading through the 1,000-foot-deep Tallulah Gorge. Snap a photo of your view from the suspension bridge swaying 80 feet above the gorge floor. An easily accessible pathway leads to Toccoa Falls, a 186-foot, free-falling waterfall on the campus of Toccoa Falls College. Anna Ruby Falls, formed by Curtis and York creeks, are local favorites in Helen. Hike the easy-to-moderate half-mile trail from the parking lot to the foot of the falls, and you just might agree.
Angel Falls Trail in Rabun offers two waterfall gems. Hike about a half-mile to view Panther Creek Falls and then continue on, passing by rhododendron, mountain laurel and American holly, to Angel Falls. Holcomb Creek Falls in Clayton is yet another hike that rewards your effort with double waterfalls. First, find the 120-foot drop of Holcomb Creek Falls and then continue to the viewing deck at the foot of Ammons Falls. To see Raven Cliff Falls, near Helen, is about a five-mile round-trip hike. Savor the beautiful views of Dodd Creek as you make your way to the 90-foot drop of the main attraction.
The 100-foot, stair-stepping falls of Minnehaha Falls in Tallulah Falls inspire many a photo op, particularly in spring when the surrounding forest puts on a display of blooms. DeSoto Falls, near Cleveland, is named after the Spanish explorer Hernando Desoto, who traveled through the region in the 16th century. It’s located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. If you’re visiting Vogel State Park, make a pit stop at Helton Creek Falls, to see these family-friendly falls. In the summer, wear your swimsuits and splash around in the pool at the bottom of the falls.
Also, the Vickery Creek Trail (also known as Big Creek) in Roswell is a pretty 2-mile hike with a beautiful waterfall. The hike starts just off Riverside Road in Roswell, climbs over a series of short ridges and then descends to a man-made waterfall that was once the site of an old mill. The Vickery Creek Trail explores the historic Roswell Mill and the surrounding rolling forest on the banks of Big Creek, also known as Vickery Creek, near Roswell, Georgia. It’s one of the best hikes in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area parks near Atlanta, though its trails don’t follow the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Instead, this hike explores the historic remains of Roswell Mill and visits the mill’s spillway dam waterfall on a Chattahoochee River tributary. The 5+ mile Vickery Creek trail network hikes through beautiful, rolling forest and catches views of the rushing dam waterfall from a steep rock bluff. The hike crosses a wood bridge at 2.5 miles, the sound of falling water echoing through the forest. The hike visits the southern bank of the Roswell Mill waterfall from a tall bluff alongside its rushing, tumbling waters. The hike reaches a covered bridge at 3 miles. The view from the bridge upstream is beautiful, as Vickery Creek cascades over a rock creek bed. Reaching the end of the covered bridge, the hike hangs a right, following the trail eastbound and passing a historic brick machine shop. The trail reaches the ruins of the old Roswell Mill, looping around the mill, the old rusted mill chase, and catching an up-close view of the dam waterfall and spillway waterfall from Vickery Creek’s northern bank.
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.
World of Coca-Cola’s throwback game is strong this summer. From 2019 to 1985 to 1969, the attraction is offering limited-time experiences to help fans make it their best – and possibly strangest – summer ever. Here are all the deets on what not to miss:
Stranger Things Have Happened – Prepare for time travel. Netflix’s Stranger Things 3 debuts on July 4, throwing it back to the summer of 1985, when the most-talked-about brand of the year was Coca-Cola with its release of “New Coke.” To help transport fans into the series, Coca-Cola is bringing back a limited run of New Coke – yes, the actual recipe from 1985. In addition to CokeStore.com/1985, one of the only places fans will be able to get their hands on the nostalgic drink is World of Coca-Cola. On June 4, 5 and 6, the first 1,000 guests who buy full-price, general admission tickets on-site at the attraction will each receive a can of New Coke, while supplies last. Limited-edition apparel featuring Coke and Stranger Things branding will also be available in the Coca-Cola Store at World of Coca-Cola and on CokeStore.com/1985.
It’s the Real Thing – Remember the famous Coke slogan from 1969? 2019 marks 50 years since the introduction of “It’s the Real Thing,” and World of Coca-Cola is celebrating with a special exhibit. Retro ads, posters and swag will bring to life the iconic slogan that inspired pop songs from superstars of the day – we’re talking James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. The “It’s the Real Thing” installation in the Pop Culture Gallery is open now through spring 2020.
Want to bring the Real Thing home with you? An all-new, all-classic line of retail repping the iconic slogan is available in the Coca-Cola Store at World of Coca-Cola. This collection includes men’s and women’s tees, hats, a bag, a beach towel, a Tervis tumbler and a bottle opener.
Float Through Summer – Name a summer treat more classic than a Coke float. We’ll wait. June through August, World of Coca-Cola is putting a twist on the typical refreshment with a build-your-own float experience. For $9.95, guests will receive a 16-oz. souvenir cup, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and free reign of the Taste It! Beverage Lounge, where they can choose from more than 100 familiar and exotic beverages to create their float.
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.
Peel, Scan & Sip – Enjoy a Coca-Cola this summer and you could end up with free World of Coca-Cola tickets. Now through July 21, packaging for Coke, Coke Zero Sugar and Coke Flavors (Orange Vanilla, Cherry, etc.) will feature peel-off labels that turn into wearable wristbands. Each band displays an icon that fans can scan with their phones to potentially win exclusive experiences nationwide. In the Georgia area, a limited number of bottles and cans will unlock two free World of Coke tickets. You never know – uncapping your next Coke may mean unlocking your next weekend adventure.
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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