Atlanta activities for Your Grandkids

Your grandkids are coming to visit for a whole week this summer and you’re very excited! And also intimidated by the task of keeping them entertained (especially without relying on electronics).

We’d like to help make this easier, so we’ve compiled a list of kid-friendly activities in the Atlanta area, sorted by cost so you can keep your budget for the week in mind.

Free/Inexpensive Activities for Kids in Atlanta

  • Every Sunday beginning at 1 pm, the Create ATL at the Woodruff Arts Center hosts a variety of free kid’s activities, including art projects, family festivals, musical story time, instrument making, acting classes, composer-in-training classes and more.
  • If your grandkids are into firetrucks, take them to the Marietta Fire Museum.
  • Hike and explore at Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area.
  • Tour the Mayfield Dairy in Braselton for free, though you may want to plan for buying ice cream at the end.
  • Most of Atlanta’s festivals are free to attend! Check out this list of Atlanta festivals by season to find one to attend when the grandkids are visiting!
  • Plan a full day for the Museum of Aviation at Warner Robbins for your aspiring grand-pilot.
  • Sign your grandkids up for the Atlanta Braves Kids Club Premium Package ($25 each) before their visit and get BOGOF game tickets and much more! The free Kids club gives kids the chance to earn prizes and exclusive ticket offer emails.
  • Head to Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens. It’s free and worth the drive especially if the kids are into bears, eagles, and other wilderness animals. Live animal encounters occur from 1-4 pm every Saturday.
  • How about the best free museum in America? According to USA Today, that’s the National Infantry Museum.

Activities that are Worth the Splurge

  • Andretti Karting & Games provides a full day’s worth of activities, including high-speed go-carts, arcade, rope course, zip line, rock climbing wall and much more!
  • Interested in a leisurely float trip down the Chattahoochee? Pack a cooler with lunch and head to Shoot the Hooch in Roswell to rent canoes, kayaks, rafts or tubes for floats ranging from 1.5-6.5 miles and six launch sites.
  • For kids age eight and younger, check out the Children’s Museum of Atlanta then head over to the Centennial Olympic Park Fountain of Rings for a water show and some splashing.
  • IMAX theater and dinosaurs – what more could your grandkids need? They’ll find that and more at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History!
  • Explore the Legoland Discovery Center for all things Lego. The little builders will love it!
  • See a world-class theater production or attend a hosted event at the Alliance Theater.
  • The Georgia Aquarium is the largest in the nation and isn’t short of interactive experiences, from snorkeling with whale sharks to encounters with belugas, penguins, and otters!

This is just a short list of some of our favorites. There is still so much to see and do that you can certainly keep the grandkids happily entertained. And you’ll be able to keep up since you’ll spend the evening relaxing and rejuvenating your body in your hot tub after the kids crash. Don’t have one yet? We can help you with that.