Atlanta parents rock, even when our worlds get turned upside down. From backyard brilliance in the form of games, crafts, and DIY forts, to bike rides on tricked-out wheels—not to mention home schooling and doing your part to keep everyone home and everyone safe—you’ve been busy. But we’re not going to lie. We still can’t wait to get back to a little normalcy. Here are 13 things we’re looking forward to being able to do again.

photo: S. Massey

Pick up Chick-fil-A and head to a neighborhood playground with friends. 

photo: S. Massey

Go to a Braves game. 

Meet a friend at the neighborhood coffee shop—the one that has a kid’s activity area—to enjoy a hand-crafted cup of coffee. In a mug. No to-go cups about it.

Head to Zoo Atlanta to check out the critters before spending way too much money on the train ride and game zone. Then head to Morelli's for a house sundae—salted caramel and ginger lavender, please!

See what's blooming at Atlanta Botanical Garden, spend the morning at the Children's Garden, then head to the Noguchi Playscape at Piedmont Park, just because you can. 

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Spend the afternoon at Buckhead Baseball, NYO, the Tophat Field, or any other kid's rec sport arena. Give the kids a fistful of dollar bills and let them go wild at the concession stand, and not even worry about what they've ordered. 

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Get the kids—and yourself—dressed up and take grandma or grandpa to a fancy lunch at the Swan House, or anywhere. 

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Story time at our local neighborhood branch or at Little Shop of Stories, where the kids know each other or are always ready to make new friends.

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Take a road trip to the beach—and be allowed to sit on it, nap on it, have a picnic on it, and congregate with friends on it. 

Pack the wagon full of food and blankets, topped with kids, for a concert at Chastain. Buy the cheap seats on the grass and let the kids spread out and shake a leg. 

Take a family bike ride on the BeltLine—at any hour—and stop at as many playgrounds as you feel like. 

Go to Ponce City Market and let everyone pick different from a different food stall, then ride the lift to The Roof and slide down the giant slide on repeat, and play Horse Derby until you win. 

Take the kids to a neighborhood festival: Flying Colors Butterfly Festival, Virginia Highland Summer Fest, Grant Park Summer Shade, or Piedmont Park Arts Festival—or any other ones will do!

—Shelley Massey

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