Fall Deals You Don’t Want to Miss in Atlanta

If you’re celebrating fall break or simply exploring the city, Atlanta’s main attractions are offering a discount this season that you don’t want to miss!

Center for Civil and Human RightsThe Center for Civil and Human Rights is a powerful new addition to Atlanta. It marries the civil rights crusades with today’s global human rights movement. While these can be difficult topics to discuss with children, the Center offers an excellent contribution toward that conversation. Through Nov. 14, 2015, children 7-10 years old can enjoy a 50 percent discount on admission. Kids will also enjoy story time at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Don’t forget to read the Family Guide before you go; it was a treasured resource during my own visit with the boys.

World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola – Residents of Coke’s home state have cause to celebrate. Through the end of October 2015, Georgia residents receive discount admission to World of Coca-Cola. Georgia residents can receive two general admission tickets for $25, a total savings of $7. That’s more than 20 percent off regular adult admission! It’s only available at the walk-up window (not online,) and you’ll have to show proof of residency. See the WOCC website for more details.

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium – Now through Oct. 23 save 20 percent on walk-up pricing at the Georgia Aquarium when you purchase your ticket in advance online. But wait, there’s more! Kids get a FREE meal with one side and a drink. Make sure to get your tickets in advance because this offer is not available at the ticketing window.

Looking for more affordable options in Atlanta? Be sure to visit our HUGE list of FREE things to do in Atlanta with kids.

LesliLesli is the Georgia’s official Family Explorer and the owner of 365AtlantaFamily, which offers a daily dose of inspiration for metro-area families. Click here for more Family content from Lesli.

Halloween in Georgia State Parks

Trick-or-treat at spooky campgrounds, hike haunted trails, and tell ghost stories around the campfire with Georgia State Parks this Halloween.

Roasting marshmallows on Halloween

Roasting marshmallows on Halloween. Photo by Candy Cook

Moonlight Madness – General Coffee, Oct. 24 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Get spooky during Moonlight Madness at General Coffee State Park. The all-day Halloween Festival on Oct. 24 features a haunted house, haunted hiking, and ghost story hayrides.

Kids Halloween Carnival – George L Smith, Oct. 24 6-8 p.m.
Get your tickets an eerie evening of trick-or-treat, spooky fun and ghoulish games during George L Smith’s Kids Halloween Carnival.

Panola Trunk or Treat & Incognito Night Hike, Oct. 30
Decorate your trunk and come in costume for an afternoon trunk-or-treat with spooky contests from 2 – 4 p.m. Stay for a sunset hike starting at 6 p.m., followed by a lakeside campfire with tricks and treats.

Red Top Mountain Halloween, Oct. 31
Plan a full day of fun at Red Top Mountain. Kids kickoff Halloween at 10 a.m. creating ghoulish crafts, followed by building bat boxes after lunch. When evening falls, dress up in costume for a trick-or-treat around the campground.

High Falls Spooky Halloween, Oct. 31 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Come in costume to explore the park on a creepy crawly evening hike in search of bugs, spiders, and bats. Afterward, enjoy campfire stories and smores.

Halloween sparkler

Halloween sparkler. Photo by Candy Cook

Vogel Halloween Festival, Oct. 31 4-8 p.m.
Come trick-or-treat Vogel’s haunted campground and stay for Halloween games, crafts, and costume contests.

Octoberfest – Florence Marina, Oct. 31 6-9 p.m.
Florence Marina invites all the ghosts and ghouls to Octoberfest on the 31st from 6-9pm. Dress up for the costume contest, and enjoy a haunted hayride. Games & vendors serve up food and fun.

Cloudland Canyon and Tallulah Gorge State Parks both invite trick-or-treaters to seek treats from decorated cars at their Halloween night Trunk-or-Treat events.

Pumpkin Carving Contests
Get into the Halloween spirit with pumpkin carving contests at Fort Yargo and Providence Canyon State Parks on the 31st.

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Stay and Play in Macon, Georgia

History, art, culture…Macon is home to a series of attractions that the entire family will adore. Here are five must-see places to visit and three hotel options perfect for a Georgia family vacation.

Hay House

Hay House

Where to play in Macon

Hay House Featured on A&E’s “America’s Castles,” the Hay House’s seven stories, 80-foot cupola and breathtaking fine arts and rooms make this a must-see mansion.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame The largest state sports hall in America, the museum holds 3,000 artifacts, 14,000 square feet of exhibits, interactive games and so much more.

Ocmulgee National Monument Explore the 17,000+ years old Native American earth lodge and mounds formed before the Europeans arrived. This site is also part of the Civil War and the Trail of Tears in the American history.

Mark Smith Planetarium

Mark Smith Planetarium

Museum of Arts and Sciences Take a trip into the outer limits in the Mark Smith Planetarium. Come face to face with 70 live animals and get acquainted with Ziggy, the museum’s 40 million year old whale.

Tubman African American Museum Travel through time, from Africa to America, as you explore the South’s largest facility devoted to African American art, history and culture.

Where to stay in Macon

You’ll find Hilton Garden Inn near downtown Macon, with free Wi-Fi, in-room microwaves and fridges, and an on-site restaurant. Holiday Inn Macon North is the city’s newest hotel. Kids will love the heated, indoor saltwater pool, and parents can enjoy a cocktail at the full-service restaurant, which offers dinner and a hot breakfast buffet for $6.99 where kids 12 and under eat for half price! Finally, Wingate by Wyndham has an outdoor pool, continental breakfast and more.

Head to 365AtlantaFamily.com for more Georgia family travel adventures.

LesliLesli is the Georgia’s official Family Explorer and the owner of 365AtlantaFamily, which offers a daily dose of inspiration for metro-area families. Click here for more Family content from Lesli.

Discover Treasure in Henry County

Henry County Treasure Hunt App

Henry County Treasure Hunt App

Henry County is comfortably south of Atlanta, yet, easily accessible from I-75. Normally I drive through this part of Georgia, but the lure of hidden treasures beckoned me to take a closer look. I downloaded the new Henry County app Treasure Hunt: the Hidden Gems of Henry County and got started on my quest to fill my treasure chest.

Henry County Treasure Hunt app

Henry County Treasure Hunt app

How the App Works
Once downloaded, users choose from three different types of adventures: historic, wild adventures or treasures untold. In each section there are several attractions to visit. Once the app has verified your location, it will ask a simple question. Answer the question and garner gold for your quest. Earn enough gold, and enter to win some pretty awesome prizes like a helicopter ride in an Army AH-1F Cobra attack helicopter at the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation; a Walk on the Wild Side tour and Keeper for a Day at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary; or a VIP Race Day package for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Our Favorite Spots
Even if you don’t complete all the quests, the app is a fun way to answer the question, “What is there to do in Henry County?” A few of our favorites include Southern Belle Farm, Heritage Park Veterans Museum and Jailhouse Brewing Company. Southern Belle is 330-acre working farm with so many family-friendly activities the kids will never want to leave. Heritage Park Veterans Museum is a hidden gem for military aficionados or anyone interested in American history from World War I through the present. Visit Jailhouse Brewing on Saturdays from 2 – 6 p.m. for a brewery tour and tasting. In addition to great brew, the beers have great names too.

Where to Grab a Bite
Hunting for treasure can make you hungry. For some down-home flavor, you can’t miss the Original Shane’s Rib Shack for some mouthwatering BBQ. Save some room for the peach cobbler, too. For something a little more upscale, try the French Market & Tavern in Historic Downtown Locust Grove. While you’re there, pick up a little something for your house in the market. Traditionalists will enjoy a house-made burger from Burger Theory, located in the Holiday Inn and Suites in Stockbridge.

For more information on Henry County and a list of Five Free Things to do in Henry County, visit Field Trips with Sue.

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Columbus, Ga is the Ultimate Educational Adventure

Whether you homeschool your kiddos like we do, or you want to turn a fun weekend adventure into an educational opportunity, Columbus, Ga is a great destination. We enjoyed multiple attractions that offered incredible insight into science, nature and history (Shhhh! The kids were having too much fun to realize how much they were learning!) Here is a small sample of the excitement we enjoyed while in Columbus.

Science – Coca Cola Science Center. You’ll find several interactive galleries, the Challenger Learning Center mission simulator, an observatory and Omnisphere Planetarium Theater. It also houses Georgia’s most extensive Space Shuttle artifact collection.Oxbow Meadows in Columbus, Ga

Nature – Oxbow Meadows. This environmental learning center offers opportunities to see turtles, snakes (including a python!) alligators, tortoises and more. Don’t forget to check out the Discovery Trail Guide at the front desk; it’s a great way to extend the learning opportunities of your visit. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

History – National Infantry Museum. This museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to the American Infantryman, and it holds one of the greatest collections of military artifacts. Infantry history is traced from colonial times to the present via a series of galleries. This large facility is filled with amazing artifacts, but if you only have a moment, the Last 100 Yards Ramp is a heart-wrenching overview of our Army’s history. For a hands-on experience visit the kid-sized room where little ones can try on Soldier uniforms and learn about humanitarian missions Soldiers carry out.National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Ga

There are a series of free events for the whole family available year ‘round at the Infantry Museum so be sure to visit their website. Upcoming events include The Battle of Yorktown (1791) Living History event on Oct 17 and Kelly’s Zeroes World War II reenactment “You’re in the Army Now!” on Dec 5, where living historians Ernie and Linda Stewart will open their Traveling Trunk of toys, clothing, tools, etc from the Revolutionary War era for kids to touch and learn from.

Phys Ed – WhiteWater Express. In its third year, but attracting accolades from all over the world, your kids will not want to miss a white water rafting experience down the Chattahoochee. WhiteWater Express also offers bike rentals and other ways to explore the city. Read more about our WhiteWater Express adventure (including a video) here: 365atlantafamily.com/whitewaterexpress

Read more about Columbus, Ga on 365AtlantaFamily, including where to stay, free things to do, kid-friendly restaurants and more.

LesliLesli is the Georgia’s official Family Explorer and the owner of 365AtlantaFamily, which offers a daily dose of inspiration for metro-area families. Click here for more Family content from Lesli.