Hello? 2019? It’s us, the kids. So, listen—we’ve been thinking—how ’bout you send some of those fun family activities we enjoyed so much last year up for a visit? Perfect! Wild Animal Safari? Sure, sounds great. Butterfly Encounter at the CNC? Yep. We’ll take that, too. Shooting the ‘Hooch because we all know how hot it is? You bet. Thanks, 2019. We really appreciate it. You’re the best. Check out the details, below.

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Hands-On Fun

Visit the Blue Heron Nature Preserve
Blue Heron is an independently operated City of Atlanta park with miles of trails that are open and free to the public from dawn till dusk all year long. The Blue Heron building is home to a preschool and not open to the public. There is no public bathroom access, but you can check out abundant wildlife on the 3-mile Blueway Trail. Find details here.

Complete an Alice in Wonderland Scavenger Hunt at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Alice’s Wonderland Reimagined features many of the enormous topiary-like sculptures from last year’s Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland but also joined by several new sculptures. In addition to the towering White Rabbit, sprawling chess board and heart “trees,” and Cheshire Cat perched nearby, look for a 16-foot Red Queen and an all-new 14-foot Alice rotating in the Howell Fountain pool as she plummets down the “rabbit hole.” Scavenger Hunt print outs are available for all clue-seekers. 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.

Go on a Wild Animal Safari from Your Car
From the comfort of your own vehicle, you can travel through a 3.5-mile drive experiencing hundreds of animals. Many animals will come right up to your vehicle for a greeting. Come face-to-face with a camel, a watusi, a zebra or hand feed an American bison. You’ll see elk, water buffalo, giraffes and more running free. With 75 species of animals and over 550 of them on 500 acres, families are in for an eyefull. Here’s how.

Pay a Visit to Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta has re-opened, but you must purchase tickets in advance on a timed ticketing system to limit the number of guests inside the Zoo at any given time. Tickets may only be purchased online, and all transactions within the Zoo will be paperless (no cash). Expect to see all the favorite animals, but rides are closed until further notice. For more info, click here.

Take a Walk in WildWoods and Cool Off with Dinosaurs Indoors at Fernbank
Fernbank Museum is now open daily 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Online tickets are required. 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. Click here for the details.

Visit Butterflies at CNC
The year’s most popular exhibit at the CNC is back for its 7th summer. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Visitors must purchase admission tickets in advance, which include a date and time to visit the center. Members will also be required to make a reservation for their visit, and guests inside the butterfly tent will be limited. Here’s the scoop.


Virtual Adventures

Bedtime Stories with a Princess or Superhero 
Get your child ready for bed and tune into our character bedtime story every Wednesday and Sunday night at 7:45pm PST on FB live. Characters will also chat with your kids and answer questions! Here’s the scoop.

Enjoy Kids Hour Improv at Dad’s Garage (Virtually)
Check out family friendly improv and stories from Atlanta’s favorite Improv Theatre, Dad’s Garage. Programming is available every hour of every day, but for the kids, you won’t want to miss a special hour of fun from 12-1 p.m. Find out more here.

Origami Kids Challenge Online
Create a paper crane to contribute to Feeding America’s effort to eradicate food insecurity and malnutrition problems In America. Create a crane, snap a photo, and Hub Park will donate $1 to Feeding America. Check it out here.

Museum at Home: Field Trip Fridays with Fernbank
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. For more info, check this out.

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

—Shelley Massey


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