Winter weather in Atlanta can be a bit unpredictable. If you and your kids are feeling a bit stir-crazy after one too many days at home, you might want to check this list of awesome indoor play locations in Atlanta, where kids can burn off energy and you can let off a little steam. This list includes fun indoor play spaces, unique story-time locations, children’s museums, programs and more.
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games
This pick is for geared toward those not-so-little school age kiddos. With race cars, arcade, ropes course, laser tag and more, Andretti offers a lot for your money. There is no cover at either Georgia location, as prices vary depending on activity. Check the website for special offers.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
OK, so ABG is not indoors, but it if the weather isn’t too bad or if you’ve got a good coat, it’s worth checking out. The first Wednesday of the month, November through March, is Storybook Time in the Children’s Garden Amphitheater. Kids will love exploring the gardens after story time with hand-on displays, activity areas and more. The children's area is included with admission.
Center for Puppetry Arts
Not only does the Center for Puppetry Arts offer unique and entertaining puppet theater, but the center also features an engaging museum. The Worlds of Puppetry Museum showcases puppets from around the world in the Global Collection Gallery while the Jim Henson Collection Gallery features more than 500 puppets, props and costumes from the legend’s career. In addition, CPA offers educational programming for all ages of children through unique, hands-on workshops and classes. Check the calendar to see what is going on.
Children's Museum of Atlanta
Georgia’s largest children’s museum boasts six permanent hands-on interactive learning zones and featured exhibits throughout the year. The colorful museum encourages youngsters to learn through play while letting their imaginations run wild. Admission is $15.95 admission for any age. You are encouraged to bring your own snack or lunch. The museum is closed on Wednesdays.
Delta Flight Museum
Most kids love planes, so a visit to the Delta Flight Museum might be in order for your budding pilot. Delta’s museum features artifacts, photos and histories of both aviation and Delta. The recently renovated attraction houses many interactive exhibits to teach and entertain all ages. Tickets start at $10 for visitors ages 5 through 17.
Dinotorium at Stone Mountain
This park experience with four floors of fun and games is sure to keep kids of all ages excited and busy. The attraction features super slides, trampoline floors and climbing structures as well as more than 65 interactive games for families and children (the latter primarily geared toward ages 5 through 12). Admission is included with the Adventure Pass ticket ($26.95 for kids) or an Annual Pass.
Farmhouse in the City
This adorable cottage is the perfect place to take craft-loving kiddos for a “Paint and Play” date. RSVP for one of the open play times and your child will be able to partake in face painting, dress up and play, feeding and holding small animals, bracelet making, canvas or pottery painting. Cost is $15 per visit.
When you need to get out of the house, head under the sea. Georgia Aquarium is the nation’s largest, with 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater, housing more aquatic life than any other aquarium in North America. The entire family will enjoy spending time viewing the galleries and exploring hands-on, interactive exhibits, shows, encounters and more. Check out CityPASS for discounts to save on admission. Annual passes are available.
This is perfect for children of all ages who want to run, climb, jump and play. Hippo Hop has areas for both bigger kids and toddlers so they feel safe. There are lots of toys and things to climb on and interact with, which means lots of spent energy. There is a healthy bistro-style cafe on site as well. Admission is $5 for ages 1 and 2 years old; $9 for kids ages 3 through 10. Socks are required.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta
Rides, games and a 4D cinema are just a few of the things tucked inside LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza. Kids of all ages can build and play in this LEGO brick wonderland. There is a cafe and store on site. Prices start at $12.50 online. Every Tuesday morning is Toddler Time, which includes a story and guided play, and that may be followed by time in the LEGOLAND Discovery Center at no additional charge. $11.95 per person.
Little Shop of Stories
Because Little Shop of Stories specializes in books and all who read them, it’s a natural that Little Shop provides a slew of various story times scattered through the week. See the website for details and special events. Story time is free.
Huzzah!! Take your little prince or princess for an adventure sure to capture their imaginations. Medieval Times Dinner Theater provides the drama and excitement of times gone by with epic battles by sword, jousting and more. See knights in action, horsemanship and the the royal falcon while feasting on a multi-course meal. Check both the website and Groupon for discount tickets. If you home-school, check out matinees available for school groups, which include an educational presentation in addition to the show.
NatureQuest at Fernbank Museum
NatureQuest is an immersive experience designed just for kids. The hundreds of hands-on activities, live animal displays and engaging encounters will turn your child into a scientist, explorer and adventurer in the fun and educational play space. Admission for kids ages 3 through 12 starts at $16; adults $18. Check for package deals that include movies and other options.
SkyZone Trampoline park
Jump, bounce, flip and twirl at a SkyZone Trampoline Park. There is lots of fun to be had with free jump areas, ball games, balance beams, warrior zone and so much more hopping fun. A Toddler Zone is available, too. “Sky Socks” are required. Toddler time costs $5; open jump starts at $11.25 for 30 minutes. There are several locations in the Atlanta area.
Stars and Strikes
Stars and Strikes offers bowling, laser tag, arcade fun and more, all in one location. Plus the gourmet cafe on location allows you to stay and play while having healthy options for lunch or dinner.
The Wren’s Nest
The Wren’s Nest is a historical location which promotes the legacy of Joel Chandler Harris and the heritage of African-American folklore through storytelling, tours and student publishing. There are museum tours and storytelling every Saturday at 1 p.m. Other times are available by appointment.
Tots as young as 1 can “drive” at Tiny Towne, a driving-themed activity center in Norcross, an Atlanta suburb. Kids (and adults) of all ages can slip behind the wheel and drive through towns and obstacles while learning the rules of the road. Also on site are an arcade, a train and a restaurant, making this a fun and educational spot to spend a rainy afternoon. Book online for discounts. Admission starts at about $20.
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.