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


Get out and about in Atlanta without busting your budget.
Travel to the Amazonian Rainforest at the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Healthyville Programs at Children's Museum of Atlanta are fun and educational.

Winter days can drag, 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. 

Free

  1. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Atlanta History Center 
    Learn about Black History in Atlanta with special programming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Enjoy free admission to the Atlanta History Center and Margaret Mitchell house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

  2. St. Patrick’s Day Parade
    Atlanta's St. Patrick's Day parade is one of the oldest in the country, dating back to 1858. 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. Peachtree and 16th streets.
  3. 2018 KIDFITSTRONG Fitness Challenge 
    The nation's largest mobile fitness event visits Atlanta. Programming includes an obstacle course designed to challenge speed, strength, agility and overall physical fitness. Families with kids of all ages are invited to this fun and free event at Piedmont Park.

  4. Rescue Dog Olympics 
    Enjoy a day for the dogs at Brook Run Park. Events include dog Olympic games, green beer in celebration of St. PAW-trick's Day for the grown ups, pet rescues and vendors, dog art project, fashion show, costume contest and more. All dogs and their humans are welcome.

  5. Atlanta Science Festival 
    The annual Atlanta Science Festival is back, and curious people of all ages are invited to explore and celebrate science and technology. A full list of events will be released on Jan. 25, 2018. The free Exploration Expo on Mar. 24, 2018, promotes exploration, discovery and innovation with more than 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, demos and more. 

Cheap

  1. Healthyville Programs
    This recurring event at the Children's Museum of Atlanta includes a full day of fun and educational curriculum, encouraging kids to learn about health and wellness through interactive activities such as music and movement, story time, art studio, science bar and more.

  2. Creative Claymation Celebration
    Children, ages 9 through 12 and their grown ups are invited to discover the basics of claymation by creating and animating a character in its own movie. Cost is $15 per non-member pair; $10 per member pair. There is a limited capacity so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

  3. Family Night Hike and Campfire
    You may not equate winter with things to do outdoors, but the Chattahoochee Nature Center says it's one of the best times of year to explore nature at night. Listen to the sounds of winter, gaze up at the stars and enjoy the crisp air of the season. Journey together with CNC naturalists and venture into the forest for a hike. A campfire will be waiting for you as you wrap up the evening. Cost is $12 non-members; $10 members. Pre-registration is required. Save $2 if you register by Feb. 22, 2018.

  4. Winter Woods and Roswell Rocks!
    From Feb. 19 through Feb. 23, 2018, enjoy daily winter-inspired events at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Take a closer look at rocks, minerals and crystals. Enjoy an outdoor scavenger hunt and stroll along the popular Enchanted Woodland Trail.

  5. Rainforest Adventures
    Families with children, ages 4+, can visit the Amazonian rain forest through an entertaining and educational puppet show at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The show will explore ecosystems, animal biology and world geography. Admission includes Create-A-Puppet workshop where kids can create a "Trusty Toto Marionette".

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 5-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.