Traveling with a preschooler comes with its own set of special challenges. You need engaging activities, with opportunities for kids to use all their senses. Below are twelve picks for the Atlanta Metro, both for families visiting the area and for those that call Atlanta home.
Fail-proof options for vacationing families
- Tiny Towne (Alpharetta) Children ages 3-15 drive high-tech miniature cars in a realistic environment. Follow road signs and traffic signals, and have a fun time in the process.
Dunwoody Nature Center (Dunwoody) Explore the boardwalk, play hide-and-seek in the treehouse, traipse the short trails, or play on the playground. On warmer days, the creek calls for frolicking, with shallow water and pebbles for tossing.
- Center for Puppetry Arts (Midtown Atlanta) Take in one of the masterful puppet shows, which always exceed expectations. A children’s puppetry workshop follows most shows. Kids will also enjoy the Jim Henson exhibit or the puppetry museum.
- Children’s Museum of Atlanta (Downtown Atlanta) “Shop” in a grocery store, catch fish, climb the treehouse, or explore machines with pulleys and levers. Rotating exhibits with hands-on kiosks add to the fun.
- Tellus Science Museum (Cartersville) It’s easy to spend hours in the My Big Backyard children’s exhibit. After that, walk with the dinosaurs, or pose with a replica of Sputnik. Kids are sure to enjoy fossil hunting and gemstone mining, free with admission.
- Yellow River Game Ranch (Lilburn) Meander the trail through this 24-acre park to see sheep, bunnies, cougar, bear, and more. The back meadow holds the largest herd of buffalo this side of the Mississippi! Pet the deer, and feed the sheep and other kid-friendly animals. Don’t forget your camera.
Must-do preschool programs for residents
Magic Mondays at Atlanta History Center (Buckhead Atlanta) Once-a-month programs include crafts, games, stories, and a learning activity. Move at your own pace through the sessions, and be sure to finish with a visit to the farm!
- Theatre for the Very Young at Alliance Theatre (Midtown Atlanta) Professional performances that kids as young as 18 months will enjoy. Shows engage children and parents, allowing kids to become part of the experience.
- Adventure Cubs at Zoo Atlanta (Grant Park Atlanta) This monthly adventure features hands-on programs for three and four year olds. Take a Zoo tour, play at the learning stations, and meet a special animal ambassador.
2nd Thursday Preschool Program at Southeastern Railway Museum (Duluth) The cleverly designed program includes circle time, songs, activities, and a craft. Each month’s topic covers a different mode of transportation including hot air balloons, ice cream trucks, and of course trains!
- Mommy and Me at Southern Museum (Kennesaw) Free with admission, Mommy and Me includes story times, crafts, and hands-on games. Every week offers a new topic.
- Booth Cahoots at Booth Western Art Museum (Cartersville) Kids learn about works of art on display at the “cowboy museum,” and make their own art inspired by those artists. Pre-registration is required, and participation is free with admission.
Lesli is the owner of 365AtlantaFamily, which offers a daily dose of inspiration to local families. She is also the Official Family Travel Ambassador for the state of Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for several online publications. She enjoys being a homeschool mom to two young boys and bonus mom to two teenagers. From her home base of Atlanta, Lesli spends her time life-learning with the kids one adventure at a time, and sharing her experiences along the way.