Making Memories Together: 7 Fun Birthday Trips for Kids in Atlanta

Celebrate your child's milestone birthday by taking a fun birthday trip to Atlanta.
  • You can't beat free admission on your birthday at Georgia Aquarium. (James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    You can't beat free admission on your birthday at Georgia Aquarium. (James Duckworth, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • What'll ya have at  the world’s largest drive-in restaurant? (Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
    What'll ya have at the world’s largest drive-in restaurant? (Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
  • Swing into Stone Mountain Park for active birthday adventures. (c/o Stone Mountain Park)
    Swing into Stone Mountain Park for active birthday adventures. (c/o Stone Mountain Park)

Does your child have a BIG birthday coming up? Want to plan a super special weekend to mark the milestone? We’ve got some great ideas for weekend celebrations in and around Atlanta for kids and teens. The entire family is sure to have a blast. 

  1. Stone Mountain Park
    Adventurous kids will love spending their birthday at Stone Mountain Park. There are plenty of activities to keep kids of any age and families busy for an entire day or even the weekend. Pack your hiking shoes and trek along trails, climb the ropes and towers at SkyHike or Geyser Towers, Ride the Ducks and take an amazing trip on the Summit SkyRide. Younger kids will love visiting the barnyard and Dinotorium, too.

    Making a weekend of it? There is an Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort on site or you can rough it by reserving a camping spot and pitching your tent.

    There are a variety of dining options available at Stone Mountain Park so the family can enjoy a casual meal at Base Camp BBQ or a more special celebration at the Waterside Restaurant, with its lakeside views. Of course, you can also pick up treats like ice cream, s’mores or funnel cakes at other stops within the park. Yum.

  2. Downtown Atlanta
    For kids that haven’t been exposed to the big city of Atlanta, downtown is the best place to start. Visit Centennial Olympic Park and explore, being sure to stop by the Fountain of Rings to play in the spray (weather permitting) or watch the water and light show. Take a ride on the SkyView Ferris wheel for spectacular views of the city and beyond (we recommend at night). Other great attractions like the World of Coca Cola, College Football Hall of Fame and CNN Center are easily accessible from our downtown, kid-friendly hotel pick, The Sheraton. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because there are so many more activities available.   

    Budding oceanographers or marine biologists may be excited at the prospect of spending a birthday at the Georgia Aquarium. You can get free admission on your actual birthday. Sign up for special animal interactions with dolphins, otters, belugas or penguins for a memorable poolside experience with your favorite marine critter. Or really splurge and swim with a whale shark. Make it a weekend by signing up for one of the aquarium’s amazing Family Sleepovers, which include admission, a behind-the-scenes tour and adventure through the galleries.

    The younger set won’t want to miss the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The Children's Museum is located just steps from Centennial  Olympic Park. The hands-on aspect of the Children’s Museum makes it a favorite as kids create and explore with all of their senses.  
  3. Make a Weekend out of a Big Show
    A theatrical performance or concert makes a memorable birthday celebration idea. Pick up tickets to a show at the Fox Theatre, Center for Puppetry Arts or one of the theaters at the Woodruff Arts Center as a special treat. After catching a puppet show at CPA , stay for a workshop where kids can create their own puppet. Be sure to tour the museum portion and explore the Jim Henson collection. During your time in Midtown, plan a visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. If shopping is more your game, hit Atlantic Station for an eclectic selection of shops, restaurants and entertainment.

    While in Midtown, don’t miss eating at The Varsity. Kids love this iconic 1928 eatery’s selection of chili dogs, shakes, fries and pies. The Varsity has a fun retro atmosphere that kids dig. Check out these other fun restaurants for kids in Atlanta

    Stay right in the heart of Atlanta's art and cultural district at one of these Midtown Atlanta hotels

  4. Chattahoochee Adventure
    Water-loving kids will be thrilled with an adventure on the Chattahoochee River. Slather on the SPF and set off down the river on a paddle board, kayak or canoe, or just rent some tubes and float on down. Check out our weekend guide to paddling for tips on the best water for your skill level. Once you get off the water there is still fun stuff to do. Go on a beautiful nature hike or cast a line and try to catch some dinner. Visit the Chattahoochee Nature Center to take advantage of riverside activities. There is plenty to do from hikes through trails and gardens to educational centers, programs and special events. 

  5. Major League Sports Event
    We know there are a lot of sports lovers out there, and Atlanta is home to five professional sports teams including the Atlanta Falcons and the Braves and several world class venues, providing year-round entertainment to thousands of fans. 

    Check out our top picks for kid-friendly hotels to find accommodations close to your chosen event. And since you’re probably going to fill up on hot dogs, popcorn and garlic fries at the big game, how about having a great brunch the following morning? We’ve come up with a list of Atlanta’s top brunch spots with no wait (perfect for dining with kids).

  6. Out and About Exploration
    If you live OTP (outside the Perimeter), a weekend exploring is a great way to spend a birthday. Rent bikes and follow the Atlanta BeltLine  to explore trails and lots of Instagram-worthy public art. Skaters can spend an hour or two shredding at the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park, maybe you can catch a concert at a local park. Hungry? Lock up your bikes at the Krog Street Market or Ponce City Market and choose from a large variety of international dining choices from snacks to fine dining. You won’t want to miss a delicious and refreshing Popsicle from King of Pops.

  7. Buckhead
    If shopping is your child's favorite hobby, plan a birthday weekend adventure in the Buckhead area. Buckhead is known for its upscale shopping with luxury brands and vintage finds. Known as the “Beverly Hills of the East,” a trip here could be a teenage girl’s dream come true. Check out Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza and The Shops Buckhead  Atlanta for legendary shopping. There are several stay and shop packages with upscale hotels in the Buckhead area. 

    Located within Phipps Plaza is the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, great for younger visitors. Check out the selection of LEGOLAND stay and play packages for a fun-filled kids weekend. 

    Buckhead is a mecca for delicious dining and its offerings are vast, from casual diner to five star. You’re guaranteed to find a restaurant to fit every taste and birthday wish.

For more ideas, check out this list of the ultimate Atlanta birthday locations for kids and teens. Here are more day trip ideas for Atlanta families.

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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