From having fun at home to on the town, we’ve got all you need for making a memorable weekend. Whether you’re picking organic strawberries inside Atlanta city limits or visiting an alpaca farm a short drive away, you have tons of ways to delight the whole family. Keep reading for more ways to have fun with kids, below.

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Hands-On Activities

Take a Hike
There’s no better way to spend quality time with the kids than enjoying the great outdoors. Here’s a roundup of ten terrific spots for scenic strolls that the littles are sure to love.

Go for a Bike Ride
Looking for a shaded, active family adventure that’s bearable in Atlanta’s sweltering summer months? Give these paved paths a spin!

Take a Walk in WildWoods 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. For more details, click here.

Create a Garden with Your Kids
Grab a trowel, select seeds, and check out these easy ideas for gardening with kids. We’ve got everything from a vegetable garden to ideas for small gardens and even an indoor herb garden—no green thumb or acres of yard space required.

Head to a U-Pick Patch
For u-pick berries and peaches, plus an excellent farmer’s market if you’d rather someone else do the picking, head to Adams Farm in Fayetteville. They offer 2-gallon buckets for pickers, but ask that you please bring your own container to transport your haul home. Be sure to call first to ensure availability of fruit on the day you’d like to visit. Click here for more info.

Fire Up the Grill
Want to take the typical burger recipe up a notch? Check out these delicious recipes.

Visit Ecosystem Organic Urban Farm
Ecosystem Farm is proud to host the only organic u-pick strawberry patch in Atlanta city limits. Their berry patch is open by appointment only, weather permitting, and their strawberries are completely no-spray. Due to coronavirus, they’ve instituted an appointment system to make sure you don’t bring home virus with your strawberries. By purchasing a time slot, you’re getting a row that no one has been in for 24-48 hours prior to your arrival. Click here for more details.

Visit an Alpaca Farm
Spend some time with beautiful alpacas during a socially-distanced barn tour at Creekwater Farm. On the barn tour, you and your family will be able to get in the pen with alpacas and pet and feed them. They also have goats, bunnies, and pigs, which means this barn tour is a great outdoor activity to do with your friends and family. Click here for the details.

Go Fishing
With these local fishing spots, your kids will fall hook, line, and sinker for this easygoing past time that doesn’t break the bank or require tons of planning—but can still allow for responsible social distancing while getting out of the house! For the price of a fishing license (available online) and the time it takes to get there, you’re guaranteed to catch a whopper of a memory.

See Wild Animals from Your Own 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 eye full. Here’s the scoop.

 

Virtual Adventures

Play The Escape Game Virtually
Play The Escape Game’s newest game, Ruins: Forbidden Treasure, from anywhere in the world using Zoom. Control an avatar wearing a live feed camera, search 360° images of the room, and use items in your online dashboard to progress through the game. Assemble a team of friends and family for 60 minutes of adrenaline-laced fun. Check out the details here.

Take a Free Parent-Child Cooking Class Online
The blog $5 Dinners is offering free cooking lessons for parents and kids on Facebook Live. Click here to find out more.

Join a Family Drum Class 
Join Bongo Sidibe for a family drum class every Friday from 3-3:30 p.m. PDT. Don’t have a drum at home? Get creative! You can use a bucket, a table, a bowl, or make your own! This is fun for the whole family. Catch the beat here.

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

—Shelley Massey

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