If you’re running out of clever ideas to keep your kids entertained and screen-free at home, here are some family-friendly events and activities to consider this summer. Whether you want to spend more time outside or prefer to beat the Atlanta heat indoors, there’s something here for everyone.
Cobb County Rodeo at Jim R. Miller Park
More info: http://www.cobbcountyrodeo.com/
2245 Callaway Road SW, Marietta 30008
June 21-22: 8-10pm
It might be a little past bedtime, but how often do your kids get a chance to see a rodeo?! That’s right – a real rodeo with cowboys and cowgirls, bulls, lassos and even clowns.
Afternoon Farmer’s Market at The Battery
More info: https://batteryatl.com/event/farmers-market-5/
June 27, July 25, August 29: 4-7pm
With a variety of vendors, live music and a petting zoo, these monthly afternoon markets offer something for everyone. The free event takes place on the Plaza Green.
Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Summer Adventures Day
More info: https://www.chattnaturecenter.org/event/summer-adventures-day-2/
9135 Willeo Road, Roswell 30075
August 4: 12-4pm
This family-friendly event seems to have a little bit of everything – from canoeing and guided hikes, to face painting, crafts, science and many more adventures. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and blanket.
OUTDOOR FUN ALL SUMMER
Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures at Chattahoochee Nature Center
More info: https://www.chattnaturecenter.org/visit/experience/zipline/
9135 Willeo Road, Roswell 30075
If the smallest member of your group is at least 8 years old and 60 pounds, check out the Eco Zipline Canopy Tour at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Children aged 4 and up can experience the Aerial Adventure Course (ages 4-9 must be accompanied by an adult, so don’t plan to sit this one out if your kids are in that range!).
BEAT THE HEAT INDOORS
Roswell Cultural Arts Center Summer Puppet Series
More info: https://www.roswellgov.com/discover-us/cultural-arts-center/puppet-series#schedule
950 Forrest Street, Roswell 30075
- June 10-15: The Three Little Pigs Build a Better House
- June 17-22: Sleeping Beauty
- June 24-29: Rucker, Go Home!
- July 1-3 & 5-6: The Pied Picker
- July 8-13: The Giant, The Beanstalk, and Jack
- July 15-20: The Fairy Tailor
Center for Puppetry Arts: Beauty and the Beast
More info: http://www.puppet.org/buy-tickets/2019-20/beauty-and-the-beast/
1404 Spring Street NW at 18th, Atlanta 30309
June 11-July 28 (except July 4th)
- Tuesdays-Fridays at 10am and 12pm
- Saturdays at 11am and 1pm
- Sundays at 1pm and 3pm
* Sensory-Friendly Shows July 21 at 1pm and 3pm
Doc McStuffins Exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
More info: https://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/exhibits/traveling-exhibits/doc-mcstuffins-the-exhibit/
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta 30313
June 8 – September 8
This immersive exhibit looks like a lot of fun and provides ample opportunity for learning, so everybody wins!
Studio Movie Grill $1 Children’s Movie Series
More info: https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/movie/film-series/childrens-summer-series
Check website to verify these bargain $1 showings at your preferred location (Alpharetta, Duluth, Marietta).
- June 10-14: Shrek
- June 17-21: Despicable Me
- June 24-28: Trolls
- July 1-5: Despicable Me 2
- July 8-12: Sing
- July 15-19: Minions
- July 22-26: The Lorax
Studio Movie Grill Special Needs Movie Series
More info: https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/movie/film-series/special-needs-screenings
What a great idea for children who aren’t comfortable in dark, loud movie theaters! According to the website, “Special Needs Screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered and children are free to move around, talk, or even dance in the aisles during the movie.”
- June 15: The Secret Life of Pets 2
- June 22: Men in Black: International
- June 29: Toy Story 4
- July 13: Spider-Man: Far From Home