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Atlanta Kids Weekend Events: Jan. 22-24

This weekend, your crew can cozy up to some simple fun or take it outdoors to explore some of Atlanta’s incredible parks, paths, and city adventures. From finding your favorite murals around town to trying your hand at a free coding class from the comfort of your own couch, there are loads of ways to have fun with your kids on your horizon. Keep reading for our favorite ways to have fun this weekend, below.

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Hike a Georgia State Park
Trails abound just a stone’s throw from Atlanta in multiple nearby state parks. Sweetwater Creek State Park is barely outside the city, or you can start working on your resolutions by hiking the first leg (little, little leg) of the Appalachian Trail at Amicalola State Park. And if you don’t want to venture much further than the Perimeter, you can enjoy exploring miles of trails along the Chattahoochee, a National Parks Service-run land.. Here’s what you need to know about these state parks, and others, near Atlanta.

Enjoy a Winter Wonderland at Lanier Islands Resort
Enjoy the longest driving display of dazzling lights in Georgia at Lanier Island Resort’s Magical Night of Lights, and check out the country’s fastest snow tubing along the 575 feet long, 8-story high Parrot Mountain slide at License to Chill, where you can also take a spin around the ice rink, bounce in the inflatables at LandShark Landing, or play in the snow! Select festivities continue through February 21 on select dates. Find out details here.

Visit Naturally Artistic at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Visit CNC and enjoy Naturally Artistic, a home grown exhibit that celebrates the connection between art and nature. Station-based activities will guide you through some of CNC’s most picturesque locations and encourage you to see the world around you with a fresh set of eyes. Pre-purchasing admission and creating a member reservation is required in advance.. Event details are 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.

Mix Up Some Magical Potions in Your Kitchen
Part science experiment, part Harry Potter, mixing up pretend potions are safe for kids and totally fun to create. From fizzing and foaming to bubbling and bewitching, we found a few magic potions for kids that can be whipped up in no time. Here are some awesome potion projects that you can do at home.

Explore the Mo Willem’s Exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta 
The Museum’s newest featured exhibit, invites you to visit the whimsical world of beloved children’s book author Mo Willems and his cast of lovable characters, including best friend duo Elephant Gerald and Piggie, faithful companion Knuffle Bunny, and The Pigeon, the wily city bird best known for his antics in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Here‘s the scoop. And, if you’d like to experience the CMA from home, you can access creative crafts, storytimes, and more on their blog, here. From creating cinnamon crafts to exploring holidays around the world, the Children’s Museum of Atlanta has packaged it’s incredible offerings here for kids into bite-sized online experiences, to be enjoyed from your own home.

Do Doll Yoga with American Girl Doll in Your Living Room
Grab your favorite American Girl doll along for this special yoga class where you’ll explore pint-sized poses, mini-mudras, bitsy balances, and teensy twists. Help your American Girl dolls into yoga poses, partner poses and challenging poses, and meet other American Girl dolls through playing fun yoga games! Registration is required. Here are all the details.

Take a Free Minecraft Intro to Coding Class from Home
Join this online small-group computer class (FREE) designed by Google and Stanford experts for Grades 5-9! In this class, we introduce students to the platform for coding on Minecraft. It is easy to use and very powerful. They will also start building their very first mod and have it run inside Minecraft! Find out how to participate here.

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

—Shelley Massey

 

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