If you’ve got young children, we’ve got some great weekday (and a couple weekend) ideas for fun and educational programs just for them. From dance and theater to the great outdoors, Atlanta is chock-full of enriching experiences for the youngest ones in the family and their caregivers. Here are the best toddler programs and preschool activities in Atlanta.
Magic Monday at Atlanta History Center
Magic Mondays at Atlanta History Center offer unique monthly themes designed for toddlers and preschoolers that include a guided exploration of award-winning exhibitions, historic houses or Goizueta Gardens, as well as demonstrations, arts and crafts projects, and story time.
Toddler Thursdays at the High Museum of Art
Expose your toddler or preschooler to unique works of art at the High’s Toddler Thursdays. Explore a new theme each month, with related artwork, art projects, stories and tours.
Toddler Time at Georgia Aquarium
Youngsters enjoy a song and story time with a costumed character appearance, meet and learn about an approachable animal, participate in a craft activity and munch on a snack. Each Toddler Time features a different theme. Advance registration is required.
Toddler Time at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta
LEGO-crazy little ones love Toddler Time at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, which includes guided play and story time for your toddlers at 10 a.m. every Tuesday in the DUPLO Village, as well as discounted entry for both adults and children. Book tickets in advance online to guarantee a spot.
Garden Playtime at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Tuesday mornings, March through October, kids age 6 months to 5 years are invited to learn about the joys of nature through hands-on activities and sensory stations. New themes each month delight and engage children and spark creativity. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Children’s Garden.
Garden Grooves at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy singing and dancing in the garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Thursday morning Garden Grooves events. From March through October at 10:30 to 11 a.m. each Thursday morning kids 2 through 5-years-old gather to be inspired by nature and get their groove on.
Adventure Cubs at Zoo Atlanta
Got a kiddo aged 0 to 5? Zoo Atlanta has a fun program designed just for your little cubs. Embark on a new journey each month with a Zoo educator as families learn and play together. Spend time in the zoo observing animals and taking part in engaging activities. The event is prescheduled Saturday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. See the website for themes and to register.
Toddler Jam Fridays at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta
A great way to kick off the weekend, Toddler Jam at the Children’s Museum is a high-energy, music-packed session guaranteed to have your child movin' and groovin'. It's music, dance, instruments, songs and lots of fun for kids on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (except on federal holidays) September through May. It's a drop-in class, but space in limited.
Wiggle Wednesdays: Museum in Motion at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Select Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. each month, your active toddler age 2 to 4 will love Wiggle Wednesdays at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Each session includes storytelling, dancing, songs, crafts and activities that encourage creativity.
Tadpole Tales at Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Preschoolers enjoy spending time with a Fernbank educator who shares a story and a special activity each Sunday morning between 11 and 11:30 a.m. at NatureQuest.
Theatre for the Very Young at Alliance Theatre
Special, professional performances for kids age 0 through 5 and their grown-ups is what Theatre for the Very Young is all about. The Alliance Theatre engages the young and young at heart in creative and inspiring experiences. Check the schedule for dates and times.
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Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.