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Atlanta Kids Weekend Events: Jan. 8-10

Get cozy with these fun activities for families in Atlanta this weekend. From building your own fairy garden at home to exploring the history of the CDC, just down the street, you have a wide range of activities to choose among to suit your every whim. Keep reading for details on these, and more events for families, below.

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Hands-On Fun
Visit the CDC Museum
Since it’s on all of our minds already, learn about the history of the Centers for Disease Control and how scientists work to crack the cases of mystery diseases at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. Admission and parking are free on weekdays. Here’s what you need to know.

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.

Go Ice Skating
When you need some fresh air this winter, frozen fun can be found at one of Atlanta’s nearby outdoor ice skating rinks. From Rockefeller-inspired to sweetly small town, you’ll find just the right scene for your skaters to slice the ice. Here‘s where we like to lace up our blades.

Build a Fairy House at Home
Your little one is no stranger to enchantments. From peering under rocks to fashioning wings and wands, the kingdom of the fairy is a magical place perfect for budding imaginations. What better way than to combine a love of the fae with a little small-scale gardening, easy to accomplish with backyard objects assembled on your own kitchen table? Here’s how to do it.

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.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, presented by Invesco QQQ, returns in 2020 with new safety protocols and spectacular lighted sculptures from the blockbuster exhibition, Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined. The exhibition runs nightly through Jan. 16, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, from 5 – 11 p.m. Tickets are extremely limited for this reduced-capacity event. All guests and members must have timed tickets. FInd out more here.

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

—Shelley Massey

 

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