Spring break is the perfect time to take your kids on an adventure. You don’t have to worry about them getting behind on their homework, and the warmer temperatures open up a lot more locations. However, if you’re recently divorced, you might feel stuck trying to come up with fun activities that won’t break the bank. The good news is that, while Atlanta may not get as much press as the Disneylands of the world, the city’s rich history, abundant cultural attractions, and love of parks means the city is ideal for kids ages 1 to 100.
To help you and your family make the most of your spring break, we want to offer suggestions for some great local activities that will provide your kids (and you) hours of fun without emptying your pockets on travel expenses.
1. Legoland Discovery Center: Encourage your child’s inner architect by taking them to this indoor Lego paradise. The center’s exhibits include two different rides, a Lego Racers build and test zone, a Duplo village for the little ones, and a 4D cinema.
2. Atlanta History Center: Set on 32 acres of gardens, wildlife trails, and forest, the Atlanta History Center brings history to life with exhibitions on the Civil War, Southern folk art, and the 1996 Olympic Games. Don’t miss the Smith Family Farm, where costumed characters — and sheep! — teach kids hands-on homesteading skills.
3. Center for Puppetry Arts: Come for the museum collection of more than 200 puppets from around the world, and stay for top-notch performances like “The Wizard of Oz” or “The Cat in the Hat.” The museum-only admission gives access to a self-guided tour of iconic Jim Henson puppets, but it’s best to reserve performance tickets in advance.
4. Georgia Aquarium: One of the world’s largest aquariums — which is set to expand again soon — boasts everything from beluga whales to manta rays to neon-colored fish. There is also an amazing whale shark exhibit, an underwater tunnel, and an entertaining sea lion show.