Atlanta Kids Weekend Events: Jan. 15-17

This long weekend, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate the enduring legacy of the Civil Rights Movement with your families, right here in Atlanta. From visiting the National Civil Rights Museum to snaping a family photo under the giant John Lewis mural, you’ll find fun ways to get out and enjoy your freedom. Keep reading for our favorite things to do with kids this weekend in Atlanta, below.

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Visit The National Center for Civil & Human Rights
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights believes in justice and dignity for all, and the power of people to make this idea real. They inspire visitors with immersive exhibitions, dynamic events and conversations, and engagement and education/training programs. Be sure to download their  “Across Generations” intergenerational conversation starter for you to use on your visit. Here’s what you need to know.

Visit the MLK National Historical Park
What do you know about the Civil Rights Movement? Learn something new about the people from the past—famous and not so famous— who played a part in the movement. The Visitor Center, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Freedom Hall are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Birth Home is open for ranger-led tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Fire Station No. 6 is staffed by park volunteers and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when volunteers are available. Find out details here.

Head to a National Park for Free on MLK Park Day
Experience the national parks for free on Jan. 18 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, including these Georgia parks that normally charge an entrance fee: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Cumberland Island National Seashore, Fort Pulaski National Monument, and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.Event details are here.

Participate in MLK Day of Service
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, marks the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Find a local volunteer opportunity here.

MLK Celebration at The Children’s Museum
Join Children’s Museum of Atlanta, in collaboration with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, in a celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Explore his life and legacy on the Stage, at the Science Bar, and in the Creativity Café. The theme this year is Dreams for a Better World. Here‘s what to know.

MLK 5K & Drum Run at Stone Mountain 
Celebrate Martin Luther King Day in the spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood with fellowship and fitness.This 5K walk/run will take place entirely in Stone Mountain Park, with a 3.1 mile drumline all along the race course. The party starts at 8am. Let Freedom Run from Stone Mountain Georgia! Check out the info here.

Check Out PRISM at Woodruff Park
Back for its second year, PRISM: Winter Lights at Woodruff Park, presented by the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and curated by Dashboard, is a 2-month art exhibition displaying works by artists from around the country. The second year of PRISM: Winter Lights explores the theme of water and features three light-based landmark sculptures installed on the park’s main lawn. Find details here.

Tour the Monetary Museum
Explore historical artifacts and discover the fascinating story of money—from barter to modern times—while learning a thing or two about the turbulent history of banking in America. Check out the rare coins and currency exhibit, and wow the kids with the bank’s automated vault and cash processing areas. Details about visiting the museum are here.

Take a Hike
Atlanta is known as the city in the trees for good reason, so it’s no surprise that there are miles and miles of pristine nature preserves and more rugged hikes nearby. Hiking with kids near Atlanta is easy when we’ve got waterfalls, nature preserves, and state parks at our doorstep. Find our favorite hikes for families here.

Perch at Murmurations at The High
The High Museum of Art has been engaging visitors of all ages in participatory art experiences on the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza since 2014. This year’s site-specific commission Murmuration was designed by the architectural firm SO – IL. Inspired by Atlanta’s reputation as the “city in a forest” and by the High’s proximity to the city’s abundant greenspace Piedmont Park, SO – IL has designed a 2,350-square-foot mesh canopy that evokes the environment of neighboring trees. This sculptural pavilion, complete with feeding stations and perches, invites visitors to “perch and nest” alongside the birds in this outdoor mesh canopy. This is what you need to know.

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

—Shelley Massey



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