You probably haven’t felt free to get out and about lately, but we’ve rounded up a handful of local opportunities for fun without much risk of spreading germs! Grab your mask (just in case) and hand sanitizer, and head out for a little old-fashioned summertime fun. Be sure to dress appropriately for Atlanta heat and take plenty of cold water in the car with you.

Cobb County Parks Drive-In Movie: Aladdin

    Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18 at Lost Mountain Park (Powder Springs)

    Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25 at Cobb Civic Center (Marietta)

You don’t have to be a huge Aladdin fan to enjoy a FREE outdoor screening, presented by Cobb County Parks. Advance registration is required. Parks open at 6:30 PM with showings planned for about 7:30 PM. Click here for details.

Christmas in July Dinner & Drive-In Movie: The Grinch

    Thursday, July 23 at the Avenue East Cobb

Head to the Avenue East Cobb at dusk for a family-friendly dinner and movie benefiting Feeding America. Tickets are only $10 for a car with up to 4 people. Click here for details.

Amare to Love: A Drive-In Film Festival

    Thursday, July 23 & Friday, July 24 at Dad’s Garage Theater

This festival celebrates local black filmmakers with a curated series of short films. Pull in for a thought-provoking experience brought to you by emerging film industry talent. Organized by National Black Arts (NBAF), this event is completely distance-friendly. Tickets are $25-35. Click here for details.

Drive-In Live Music at Avalon

    Friday, July 24 at Avalon

Drive on in to enjoy an evening of live music by the Mike Veal Band at Avalon in Alpharetta. Tickets are $25 per car with up to 6 people, and proceeds benefit Senior Services North Fulton. The parking lot in front of Ted’s Montana Grill opens at 5 PM, with music 6-8 PM. Click here for details.

If you’re interested in one of these outings but no longer drive, or don’t like to drive after dark, please give us a call at 404-668-0128. We’d be happy to connect you with a caregiver to provide transportation, even if it’s just for one or two outings.

More Ideas for Getting Out and About

In case you need more inspiration, here are a few other ideas for getting out and about this summer:

Pack a Picnic – Since July weather doesn’t usually make for pleasant lunchtime picnics, try heading out first thing in the morning or later in the evening.

  • Enjoy an easy breakfast picnic: Brew a pot of coffee before bed and stick it in the refrigerator to cool overnight. Toss together a fruit salad with whatever you have on-hand; we like a mix of melons, berries and grapes. In the morning, pack some muffins or scones with your chilled coffee and fruit, grab a towel or blanket and head to the park for your picnic.
  • Try a refreshing dessert picnic: If you plan ahead, dip strawberries and bites of banana in melted chocolate chips, then stick them in the freezer before your picnic. Otherwise, chilled cheesecake travels well, or you could put together a simple parfait (try layering vanilla yogurt with berries and cookie crumbles or chocolate pudding with graham crackers and marshmallows). Pack some cold water or lemonade and plenty of napkins to complete the dessert.

Catch a Game – Youth sports have resumed in earnest. When you feel like getting out of the house, drive to your nearest park, church or school to find a baseball or soccer game to watch. There should be plenty of room to keep your distance and plenty of action to provide some entertainment! Take a chair and big bottle of cold water, and don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray.

Watch Wildlife – While long walks aren’t appealing during southern summers, we have countless parks with plenty of seating to enjoy. In Smyrna, Taylor-Brawner Park features easy strolling interspersed with benches and a couple of covered areas, though the only wildlife present might be humans on the playground! Downtown Smyrna also has several nice spots to sit and enjoy nature, especially around the pond that numerous fish, turtles, ducks and birds call home. If you want to get out but don’t know where to look, give us a call at 404-668-0128 and we’ll be happy to help you find an accessible outdoor setting near you.

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