Fun places to take the little ones?

Erin - posted on 10/22/2008 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Just wondered if any of you have recommendations for fun places to hang out with little ones in Atlanta. My son is only 6 months old so it is hard to think of places to take him for fun or where he can interact with other babies around his age. Any ideas?

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S. Loran - posted on 02/09/2009

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Sparkles Roller Rink has Tiny Tots days throughout the year - for $3.50, you can let your toddler ride his/her wheels of choice on the rink and play in their jungle gym for two hours. They have locations in Kennesaw and Hiram - google them to find their site and event dates.

Lena - posted on 01/21/2009

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At the risk of being biased, we have a great improv show for kids age 2-8 at Dad's Garage Saturdays at 11:30am now through the end of March.  The cast is made up of both actors and puppets, there is a lot of music, it is very interactive, and it is only $6 for adults and $3 for kids age 2 and up.  My 18 month old daughter has been attending since she was a newborn, and even though she still doesn't follow the stories exactly, she's entertained by watching everything and totally enthralled.  Even more, it is great to go out with the whole family and know that we'll laugh and enjoy the humor (it is hysterical for kids and adults).  www.dadsgarage.com.  If you do attend, buy tickets at least by 10am the morning of - we've been selling out regularly.

Heather - posted on 02/03/2009

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The Chattahoochee Nature Center has lots of fun things on their calander. I have yet to go, but I've marked it!
I live in Decatur and we go to the Little Shop of Stories story time every Tuesday at 11a.m. They also have story time on Thursdays at 7pm and Sundays at 3pm.
Coming up in May Decatur has Blue Sky concerts at noon on Wednesdays.
I like to go to the Fernbank Science Center (not the museum, this is across from Fernbank elementary). It's free and although it's small, it's got just enough to keep small ones entertained. They also have shows in the planetarium in the mornings.

Erin - posted on 01/31/2009

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Thanks so much for the info!  Especially the Atlanta Parent Magazine info.  I didn't even know that existed!  I posted this thread a while back - my son is now almost 10 months old and crawling, so he would probably enjoy some of the other places you mentioned also.  We live in Sandy Springs and I'm planning on taking him to the Roswell library and/or the Perimeter Barnes and Noble for storytime.  It's just been hard because it's scheduled right during his naptime.  We're planning to go to the zoo when the weather warms up too.

Erin - posted on 11/01/2008

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Katie, for Mom's Club you can just email your local chapter rep and they can email you a monthly calendar. Sometimes it takes them a few days to respond (I am still waiting for the November calendar which I requested a few days ago). If you are in the same chapter as me, which is the Chastain area and I think it covers Buckhead and Sandy Springs, you can email Brooke at momsclubsandysprings@yahoo.com. Go to the Mom's club website to find out which chapter you belong to. Hope this helps! And thanks for the library info, I will definitely look into that!

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Erin - posted on 02/15/2009

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Hi ladies! I've been thinking a lot abou this and decided to create a new community on Circle of Moms dedicated specifically to finding things to do with our little ones. Please join and share your ideas! I'd love to learn from you all, especially since we're all in Atlanta.



The community is called All Aboard Atlanta. (It's a take off my blog, which I created for my friends and I, who were all looking for unique, fun and ideally free things to do with our children: AllAboardAtlanta.blogspot.com)



Talk with you soon!
Erin

Erin - posted on 01/31/2009

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Hi Erin! I logged on today to look for the same information - interesting places to go with the little ones around town. Where in Atlanta do you live? That will make a difference as to what things you'll want to do. I have a 2.5 year old and a 14 month old, so I may have some ideas.



 



First of all, though, check out Atlanta Parent Magazine's events page:



http://www.atlantaparent.com/Calendar/ev...



I find this to be a wealth of information on things to do!



 



Places that I especially like to go:



Library - great for cold days. Many libraries (like mine in Smyrna) have a children's section that is really fun.



Pottery Barn Kids - sounds strange, but kids love to go there and play with the toys on display



Malls with Play Areas - probably better for older children, like once yours in crawling or, better yet, walking. Mall of GA & Northpoint Mall both have great children areas in the mall, like indoor playgrounds.



The Zoo! - one of our absolute favorites! It can be cold in the winter, so pick your day. I highly suggest a season pass. If you go twice then you've gotten your money's worth. Children LOVE animals! And there's a train to ride...



Atlanta Botanical Gardens - another one you have to pay for, but they have an entire children's section, as well. When it gets warmer, I plan to check this one out, too. They event have stroller walk times for young ones like yours, and a reading time during the week during which a storyteller reads books on nature, etc. I can't wait to do this one. Check out their website for times.



 



I hope this helps! Things to do will become even easier once your son is older. Even riding MARTA will be a HUGE event once he hits about 18 months! :)

Sue - posted on 01/15/2009

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Where are you? Aside from the many parks, my kids loved KangaZoom, it has an area blocked off for little ones where they can crawl around, up and over. The Children's Museum of Atlanta is free the second Tuesday of each month and they also have a blocked off area for small ones. I'm writing a blog post on CMA with video. I'll likely run it in a couple of weeks - closer to the second tuesday. check out the blog, its all about fun and inexpensive things to do with kids in and around metro Atlanta. The So. Cobb Aqauatic Center is a great indoor pool and has zero entry. www.fieldtripswithsue.blogspot.com. You can sign up on the left to recieve email updates each time I post, so you'll get the CMA info in your inbox. Hope that helps. Sue

Katie - posted on 11/01/2008

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The libraries around here have storytime for the babies and moms once or twice a week. For the little guys, they call it "lapsit." They usually have stories, songs, puppets, etc. You can probably look up your local branch online and find their schedule. For those with toddler and older kids, once a month (I think it is the first Tuesday of each month), Target sponsors a day at the Children's Museum and they have free admission. The High Museum has a program called Toddler Thursdays where they do art projects and (I guess) see parts of the museum. We haven't tried that one yet! I tried joining Mom's Club but can't figure out how to find a playdate calendar or anything like that. Am I doing something wrong?

Erin - posted on 10/29/2008

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Wish I could come to the mall! My husband's office is having a Halloween party and trick or treating for the kids tomorrow. Also, Michele, I am in the process of attempting to join Mom's Club but I haven't been able to attend an event yet. I was going to go with them to the Pumpkin patch at Morgan Falls last week but it got cancelled due to rain and lack of RSVPs.

Michele - posted on 10/29/2008

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Oh, another thing to check out is www.momsclub.com. A friend of mine is part of the organization & loves it. She has a 20 mo old and they all get together a couple times of week for organized play dates. I'm working full time now (bummer) or I'd join. I don't know if there are dues or anything, but she sent me a copy of their calendar & I was jealous I didn't have to time to join

Michele - posted on 10/29/2008

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I wish I could go, we love the play area at North Point! A great place for 2+ is Monkey Joe's. There is a location in teh Johns Creek/Alpharetta area. Parents are free, 2 & under are $5 and 3+ is $8.99, but they kids get to run & bounce and get rid of all that excess energy. Something I looked into, but haven't tried yet, is the Southeastern Railway Museum in Duluth. Apparently there are all sorts of trains to check out and I believe they take you a tiny bit up & down the track in a train. My daughter has recently discovered Thomas & Friends and is now hooked on trains

Katie - posted on 10/29/2008

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My friend Elissa and I (plus Sam, 3, Lily, 6 mo, and Reagan, 10 mo) are going to the softplay area at North Point Mall tomorrow morning around 10 or so. I have never been before so I am not sure what it's like. I thought we would check it out and maybe shop a little (as long as a 3 year old boy will let you). If anyone wants to join us, we could let the kids play and we can chat. Anyone game?

Erin - posted on 10/27/2008

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I'd love to set up a play date sometime! Aiden is still pretty young but he loves other little kids and I'd really like to start having him around children more often. Hopefully other people will be interested also.

Katie - posted on 10/27/2008

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The dairy farm sounds fun. I bet my 3 year old would love it. I don't really know any places to take the very little ones. Is anyone interested in setting up a playdate so we can meet? I would be happy to host. I think it's great to get the little ones together but I also would like some interaction with adults!!

Aimee - posted on 10/26/2008

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I have a five month old, and have taken her to the aquarium several times. It sucked during summer when there were a ton of people, but I'd definitely take her back now that kids are back in school. She loves it there. The zoo is also fairly inexpensive, but you're right, I'm also looking for places to bring her to play with other babies too.

Erin - posted on 10/22/2008

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Thanks! The Dairy Farm sounds like fun. I have thought about taking him to the aquarium but I don't know how he would do with the large crowds. I may try to take him on a week day when it is a little less crowded. I think he would love looking at the fish.

Michele - posted on 10/22/2008

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I have a 2 year old, as does my best friend, and we're always looking for things to do with the kids. We just went to the Cagle Dairy Farm which was a lot of fun. It was $7 per person 2 & up. You get a tour of the farm with a hay ride which brings you up close to cows. You also get to feed the goats and calves. They're so adorable I was tempted to smuggle one home. We started taking Zoey to the aquarium when she was an infant as well. She loves looking at all the fish. I think it's all the colors and movement. I have some other suggestions more geared to the toddler age if you are interested

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