It’s here! The weekend is knocking on your door, and with swimming holes at nearby state parks, farmer’s markets, and loads of virtual options if you’re staying put, it’s going to be a doozie. Keep reading for all the ways to have fun, below.

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Hands-On Fun

Take a Walk in Wildwoods at Fernbank
Travel around the world and back in time as you discover live animals, amazing places, ancient fossils, prehistoric cultures and new science discoveries inside the museum, and outdoor exhibits, breathtaking walking trails, a canopy walk, native wildlife and nature playgrounds in the 75-acre WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. Here’s the scoop.

Oodazu Summer Camps
With daily lunch & snack included, your child will spend their small group time at Oodazu Camp, climbing, jumping, playing, crafting & zenning out in a yoga class. Click here for the details.

Swim at Red Top Mountain State Park
Enjoy a sandy beach and a roped off swimming area in the southeastern part of the park, just 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Look for the parking area and a building that has bathrooms and a place to change. Not far from the beach, you’ll find a putt-putt golf course and a large playground area, plus a picnic area. Find details here.

Head to the Freedom Farmer’s Market
The market, now open year-round, offers a wide range of organic, local products including: fresh produce, grass fed meats, dairy including cheeses, yogurt, butter, milk, farm fresh eggs, handmade pasta and preserves, baked goods, coffee and more. Wear a mask, bring your own shopping bags, and observe social distancing for a fresh alternative to the grocery run. Here’s what you need to know.

Shoot the ‘Hooch
Float, spin or just kick back in bliss as you shoot the ‘Hooch in the Georgia sunshine. While many outfitters offer custom trips down the Chattahoochee, with put-ins as far as Helen, Georgia, the Nantahala Outpost in Roswell offers two distinct in-town river float trips that make your river float easy. For more details, click here.

 

Virtual Adventures

Learn at Home with the Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Check out Children Museum of Atlanta’s blog featuring an at-home activity, a vocabulary list and a YouTube playlist or book recommendation to support learning through play. Here’s the scoop.

Field Trip at Home with Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Take part in Atlanta’s Field Trip Fridays virtual event on social media starting at 10 a.m. each week on Facebook and Instagram. Discover a world of WOW filled with dinosaurs, artifacts, live animals, hands-on science, giant screen movies and 75 acres of outdoor adventures. Find out more here.

Join Mikey the Rad Scientist Guy
Join Mikey the Rad Scientst for live science and music shows via Facebook. Plan to catch him all summer long so kids can keep learning and having fun. Check it out here.

Live Chat with Princess Aurora
Join beautiful Princess Aurora for a magical one-on-one live-chat via Zoom! She’ll tell a story, sing songs, and of course answer all of your little one’s burning questions. For more info, check this out.

Discover Africa through Folktales
In this live class, kids get to listen to an enthralling African Folktale and learn and act out mini scenes from the tale. They’ll learn interesting facts about the story and they’ll spend a few minutes discussing the important lessons they learned. Find out more here.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

—Shelley Massey

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