10 Free and Cheap Things to Do with Kids in Atlanta This Winter

Get out and about in Atlanta without busting your budget.
  • The Eric Carle exhibit has been extended at the High Museum of Art. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    The Eric Carle exhibit has been extended at the High Museum of Art. (Joleen Pete Photography)
  • Make your own puppet at the Center for Puppetry Arts. (Joleen Pete Photography)
    Make your own puppet at the Center for Puppetry Arts. (Joleen Pete Photography)
  • Who doesn't love LEGOs? (Benjamin A. Pete)
    Who doesn't love LEGOs? (Benjamin A. Pete)
  • Visit Atlanta History Center for free this weekend.
    Visit Atlanta History Center for free this weekend.

Winter days can seem the longest, can't they? Sometimes you just need to get out and about to beat those winter doldrums. Now is great time to explore someplace new (or old) in the Atlanta area, and you don't have to break the bank to do it. The entire family can enjoy any of these free and cheap things to do. 


  1. Museums on Us, Feb. 4 and 5
    Receive free admission to the Atlanta History Center, Center for Civil and Human Rights and the High Museum of Art with a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch debit or credit card and photo ID.

  2. St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 11
    Wear a little green and attend the St Patrick’s parade for fun, music, dance and more. Not Irish? Maybe you'll get lucky with a kiss anyway.

  3. Second Sundays at the High Museum
    Experience a little culture with special family friendly programming at the High Museum of Art from 1 to 4 p.m.

  4. Story time at Little Shop of Stories
    Visit Little Shop of Stories in Decatur for one of three story times each week: Tuesday at 11 a.m., Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Thursday evenings include milk and cookies. Come in your PJs.

  5. Visit the Anne Frank Exhibit
    This 1 1/2-hour, self-guided tour in Sandy Springs features more than 500 photos from Nazi Germany to tell the story of Anne Frank and her famous diary that has been published in more than 80 languages.


    1. Skate Atlantic Station, through Feb. 14
      Lace up those skates and experience Atlanta’s biggest outdoor ice rink at Atlantic Station. It is open until Valentine’s Day, so sweep your sweetie off her feet and take the little ones, too.

    2. Create a Cardboard Puppet, Feb. 19
      Visit the Center for Puppetry Arts and learn to make your very own moving-mouth puppet out of cardboard. Workshop includes tips on decorating, adding character and lip syncing. The cost is $15.

    3. Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird, March 11
      Join the fun at this screening of Sesame Street’s "Follow That Bird" at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Admission is $10.50 and includes entry into the Worlds of Puppetry Museum before the film.

    4. LEGOLAND Rewards Students with Report Card Program, through Feb. 28
      Did your LEGO-loving kiddo get good grades? Receive 50-percent off a child’s ticket to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta with report card proof of your child’s A or B grade. Good for K -- 5th graders.

    5. Visit Woodruff Arts Center 

      • Little one's will enjoy Play the Play with Cat the Cat, a Theatre for the Very Young performance based on Mo Willems' "Cat the Cat" series. Shows through Feb. 19 at the Alliance Theatre.

      • The Eric Carle exhibit at the High Museum of Art has been extended through Feb. 12. View the art of the beloved children’s book author and illustrator, including rarely seen works by Eric Carle. Read all about the exhibit here.

Looking for more ideas? Maybe you want to head to one of these winter festivals. Don't let the weather get you down; here are 7 active rainy day things to do in Atlanta

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their 4-year-old son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the professional photographer behind Joleen Pete Photography and family blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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