As many of you know, in addition to writing here on Explore Georgia, I also have a family travel blog called 365 Atlanta Family. This time of year I get tons of questions about the best places for families to escape the cold.
I thought it would be fun to highlight the Top 10 Indoor Family Fun Activities that my blog readers were interested in for 2015. If you’ve never been to these places, it’s a great time to add them to your bucket list.
10. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids in Gainesville. Children can play in a hair salon, pizza shop or bank, go grocery shopping or milk a cow, board a plane or hold a trial. Plan to spend several hours. There are no concessions, so bring a picnic.
9. Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party in Candler Park, Atlanta. Enjoy old-world decor, dark wood bookshelves overflowing with tomes, lanterns and empty birdcages. And the sweet aroma of gourmet tea. Enjoy a cuppa and spend some quiet time together.
8. Museum of Aviation in Warner Robbins. There are airplanes in four large hangers to capture your little one’s attention at this FREE museum. Most are for eyes-only, but there are a handful of places that children can climb into, touch, push, steer and more. Every one makes a great photo op, so bring the camera.
7. CREATE ATL at Woodruff Art Center in Midtown, Atlanta. Family-oriented programming led by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art feature FREE activities starting at 1 p.m. every Sunday, including family festivals, art-making activities, interactive musical story times, composers-in-training sessions, instrument making, drop-in acting classes and more.
6. The Cook’s Warehouse Cooking Classes in Decatur, East Cobb and Midtown Atlanta. Cooking classes make a great Girls Night Out or Date Night adventure, but Cook’s Warehouse also has classes for kids. Their pasta making class is great for kids 6-9 years old. Try Edible Science or Knife Skills for older kids. And the Family-style Breakfast for Dinner looks like a hoot!
5. Tiny Towne in Norcross. The main attraction here is the ability for kids to drive a car themselves! There are two tracks. The first track allows kids 3+ to ride in a small car and kids about 6+ to ride in a larger auto. A second track on the other side of the building is where kids 9 and older can drive golf cart cars.
4. Little Shop of Stories in Decatur. This great bookstore engages kids of all ages, with murals, books, a play section and tons of scheduled events. We love the bedtime stories in jammies and Family Game Night.
3. Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland. Watch your kids’ faces come alive as they see a new Cabbage Patch Kid being born.
2. SkyZone Trampoline Park in various locations around Georgia. Sometimes there is nothing left to do but JUMP! It’s the perfect place to get the wiggles out when its too cold outside.
1. Sweetwater Park Yurts in Lithia Springs. Families can take time away together, even in winter. The new yurts at Sweetwater (and throughout all of Georgia’s state parks) have heaters. Camping doesn’t have to end because the weather is cold. Need more yurt info? We’ve got it for you here.
Looking for more indoor family fun ideas? Take a look at our list of 52 Fun Things To Do in the Winter for Atlanta Families.