Free and Premium Atlanta Braves Kids Club Offerings

Turner Field

Turner Field

This is the last year to enjoy the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, so bring the kids for an exciting time! The best way to do that: The Atlanta Braves Kids Club.

This season, the Atlanta Braves Kids Club offers a Braves passport, and the addition of a FREE membership option.

Both memberships come with a Braves passport and lanyard. The passport includes a buy-one-get-one voucher for tickets to a Braves home game and the ability to earn stickers for games attended at Turner Field during the season. Club members can then redeem these stickers for various prizes all season long.

Premium Kids Club members receive gifts and perks, including VIP access to run the bases on Sundays.

Premium Kids Club members receive gifts and perks, including VIP access to run the bases on Sundays.

The premium Kids Club membership receive extra gifts and perks, including a Freddie Freeman jersey, drawstring bag, letter from Freddie Freeman and a wristband. Premium members also receive VIP access to Kids Run the Bases; two tokens to play in Scouts Alley; two passes for the VIP Batting Practice Experience; two free tickets to a Gwinnett Braves game; and once a month, a Kids Club member will be randomly drawn for either Playball or Bang the Big Drum. All of this for only $25 per child!

Premium Kids Club memberships can be ordered online or purchased in the ballpark; registration for the free membership is only available online. Kids Club members will redeem a ticket to receive their passport at Fan Central during a Braves home game.

Not ready for the majors? See our post about Minor League Baseball in Georgia with Kids.

LesliLesli Peterson is 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.

Three Gardens for Mother’s Day with the Kids

Looking for beautiful blooms and a world of color for Mother’s Day? We’re sharing three of our favorite Georgia gardens that are brimming with color. Take a break and visit on your own, or bring the entire family for a day of exploring these magnificent marvels.

Dunaway Gardens in Newnan, Ga.

Dunaway Gardens in Newnan, Ga.

Dunaway Gardens

This haven in Newnan was once a large theatrical training ground for producers, directors and performers. It’s the South’s largest natural rock and floral garden, with 12 scenic spots, three waterfalls and several ponds. Check the website before you go; it is not open to the public everyday. I must say, it is one of my favorites in the state — pure heaven. Bring your camera! Meat ‘N Greet on the nearby square is a great stop for lunch. See this post of my visit to Dunaway Garden with the kids.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Ga.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Ga.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Tucked away in Kennesaw is a hidden gem with flowers, trails, sculptures and more. My family loves the waterfall, children’s garden and koi pond. We recommend bringing a picnic to enjoy under the shade trees. If you can’t make it for Mother’s Day, then consider visiting during one of their programs for children: young chefs, garden stories or the young explorer’s lineup. See this post of my visit to Smith-Gilbert Gardens with the kids.

Photo courtesy Gibbs Gardens, Facebook.

Photo courtesy Gibbs Gardens, Facebook.

Gibbs Gardens

220 acres in Ball Ground include 24 ponds, 32 bridges and 19 waterfalls. You’ll spy blooming annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees all year round, plus enjoy educational events, musicians, festivals and more throughout the year. We have a season pass here and enjoy every season with anticipation for the next. Mother’s Day features strolling musicians and Brunch in a Box for an affordable $15.

For many more trip ideas to beautiful Georgia gardens, visit ExploreGeorgia.org.

LesliLesli Peterson is 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.

16 Things to See and Do at the Thomasville Rose Show and Festival

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Thomasville Rose Garden

A tradition since the 1920s, the Thomasville Rose Show and Festival will celebrate its 95th birthday, April 21–23, 2016. More than a rose competition and parade, there are festival activities galore, and many of them are FREE. Here are 16 of our favorite family-friendly events, but this is only the tip of the iceberg!! Can’t wait to see you there.

  1. The festival kicks off Thursday night with the Children’s Rose Bud Parade, which is full of the sweetest and littlest rose fans. These tiny tots and their floats glide through the middle of downtown for their very own one-of-a-kind parade.
  1. Visit the Power of the Past Airport Museum, home to a personal collection of the oldest and rarest aircraft engines and memorabilia.
  1. Stroll though a self-guided tour of six historic buildings that display Thomasville’s Victorian past and Rose Show traditions.
  1. Thomasville Rose Show

    Thomasville Rose Show

    Taking center stage on Friday are the competitively grown petals of the Rose Show. The Heirloom rose category honors the elders, showing varieties that have been in existence since 1867.

  1. Join the THS Marching Band, the Rose Queen and Miss Georgia as they cut the ribbon and officially open the Rose Show on Friday at 1 p.m.
  1. Orchids on Parade (housed in the Municipal Auditorium building at 144 East Jackson Street) features dozens of carefully grown orchids of many different breeds. 
  1. Enjoy the Annual Rose Parade, taking place at 7 p.m. on Friday. Thomasville will roll out the “rose carpet” for floats studded with live roses, marching bands, wandering entertainers and more! This year’s parade will feature the Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Marching Band, as well as gigantic helium balloons to delight adults and children alike.
  1. Following the parade, you are invited to take to the streets for unabashed boogying during the Street Dance, featuring live music by community favorites, the Swingin’ Medallions.
  1. On Saturday in Paradise Park, Art in the Park bursts to life with a fine arts and crafts show, a wide selection of food, children’s activities and more. New to Art in the Park this year will be a full-sized Ferris wheel (FREE to ride), a giant bubble station and life-sized outdoor games.
  1. Food trucks with offerings from Buffalo wings and funnel cakes to egg rolls and BBQ and everything in between will also be in attendance. Free face painting and stilt walkers will be onsite to entertain.
  1. Don’t miss Bark in the Park, a pet costume contest hosted by the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society.
  1. In Downtown Thomasville, the Annual Car and Truck Show on North Broad Street (near the Courthouse) will showcase dozens of classic and vintage cars of all shapes and sizes.
  1. The City trolley will be running FREE of charge to transport guests throughout the festival events, including the downtown area.
  1. Bring your little princesses to have a Royal Tea with the Thomasville Rose Queen and her Court on Saturday. Bring your camera!
  1. Tee off at the Rose City Golf Classic, a 36-hole, two-person, best ball tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
  1. The Rose Show and Festival will also feature the Rose City 10K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run.

LesliLesli Peterson is 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.

5 Things to Know about the New Shows at Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is located at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Aquarium.

The Georgia Aquarium is located at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Aquarium.

1. The new Under the Boardwalk sea lion experience AND the all-new Dolphin Celebration program are FREE with your general admission ticket to Georgia Aquarium. No need to pay extra for loads of animal antics!

2. EVERYONE is excited to see the new sea lion show, so you’ll want to get in line early. I recommend finding your place in line no less than 45 minutes before the start of the show.

You’ll find a “sea lion selfie” station near the line and the sea lion exhibit, where you’ll see these beauties splish and splash. Need something more to do? Download the Georgia Aquarium App to learn more about the animals onsite, or try your hand at this Georgia Aquarium Scavenger Hunt.

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3. Think you’ve already seen the dolphin show? Think again. Dolphin Celebration just started this month, and it is an entirely NEW show. This show is less “Broadway” and more of a fun educational experience.

The first half of the show features a dolphin trainer that talks about dolphins while they strut their stuff — dolphin anatomy, the training program and more. The second half of the show is ALL DOLPHINS! The lights dim and the music bellows as these graceful, smart mammals dive, dance and jump into your heart.

4. The first 10 rows of Dolphin Celebration are the “wet zone,” and they seem to be even more of a “damp” experience than they were in the previous show. For me and my boys, that is a TON OF FUN, but if you have a small baby or you just got your hair done, you might want to head back beyond Row 10.

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5. The sea lions and dolphins are WORLD OF FUN, but there is much much more to do at the the world’s largest aquarium. We’ve listed 52 things to do at Georgia Aquarium; the perfect way to fill your adventuring day!

LesliLesli Peterson is 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.

12 Things Your Kids Will Love in Downtown Atlanta

Whether you are visiting Atlanta for the first time or you call the metro area home, downtown Atlanta is a must-visit location for the entire family. Here are 12 things your kids are sure to enjoy in downtown Atlanta (and I promise you’ll have fun, too!)

Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park

Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park

  1. Throw a field goal at the College Football Hall of Fame.
  2. Take the Zombie Tour with Atlanta Movie Tours. Up for a bus ride from Atlanta? Take the new Zombie Tour Part 3 in Haralson, Ga.
  3. Fly high in the SkyView Ferris wheel.
  4. Laugh at the antics of the new sea lions at Georgia Aquarium.
  5. Tour the Braves Hall of Fame at Turner Field – this is the last year the Braves play downtown.
  6. Pedal to Midtown and back with a Bicycle Tour of Atlanta.
  7. Taste more than 100 flavors of Coke at the World of Coca-Cola Museum.
  8. Dance in the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park.
  9. Listen to live music on Monday nights while eating a delicious burger at Hard Rock Café Atlanta.
  10. See the sights in an open-air smart car from ATL-Cruzers.
  11. Learn while you play at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.
  12. Cool off with a milkshake at Downtown’s outdoor dining attraction, Googie Burger.

Click here to find more ideas about how to do Downtown Atlanta as a family.

LesliLesli Peterson is 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.