This Memorial Day weekend, we welcome easy going backyard games, home water parks, and possibly even a foray into the Georgia wilds at local camping spots that are now open. We’ve mastered home schooling, juggling work and family from our living rooms, and finding fun in the most unexpected ways over the last few months. It’s time to kick back and have some fun. Keep reading for our ideas, below.

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Hands-On Activities

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.

Visit a Lake
Keep your cool by hitting one of these Atlanta-area lakes, all perfect for a day trip. Buzzing with boats to rent or small and secluded for a shoreline swim or family picnic, you’ll be glad you checked out these spots.

Go Camping
If you’re itching for a change of scenery but doing your best to responsibly keep your distance from others, Georgia State Parks are open for business—as long as you’re in a group of 10 or fewer. Keep in mind that the least crowded times to visit are in the early mornings and on weekdays, and keeping at least 6 feet away from other visitors to the park is the best way to stay safe. Here are our favorite five spots that offer plenty of trails, outdoor recreation and campsites, too.

Camp in Your Backyard
While Georgia State Parks are open for business, you may opt for adventure in your own backyard this spring and summer. We’ve mapped out ten ideas to bring the ultimate in outdoor vacation fun (s’mores included!) to an afternoon playdate, a sleepover, or even a whole weekend with your crew. Click here for the details.

Create Simple DIY Busy Boards for Toddlers
Keeping the toddler troupe busy can definitely be a challenge. From latches and locks, to knobs and noise makers, these DIY activity boards can be a great way keep little fidgeters happy, and increase sensory processing, hand eye coordination and concentration, as well.

Play Twilight Games
Let them enjoy this Atlanta spring weather—and lack of mosquitos—and stay up late playing these twilight games.

 

Virtual Adventures

Visit a Zoo, Virtually
Can’t get to the zoo or aquarium? No worries! The animals will come to you! Check out these Facebook Live events and Critter Cams by zoos around the country!

Enjoy Japan’s Children’s Day from Home
Participate in Japan’s national holiday where all children are stars with a theatrical performance and an animation story telling of the classic story, Momotaro (Peach Boy). Learn the Momotaro dance, create your own koinobori, or carp streamers, and don your own origami kabuto samurai helmet with Children’s Day-themed craft projects you can do at home! Click here for more details.

Ride Amazing Theme Park Rides Virtually
Now that all of our favorite theme parks are temporarily closed, you and your kids can get the same experience at home by checking out these fan-uploaded ride experiences on YouTube from Disney, Universal and Busch Gardens—to name a few.

Take an Online Art Class
Kids can join an engaging & inspiring class with amazing teachers and in the comfort & safety of your own home. Create art, strengthen creative thinking, and learn how to think outside the box in this online art class for kids.

Take a Design Class with MODA Online
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t create new spaces and live in them for a bit! With Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), kids ages 8 & up have daily class offerings that range from Minecraft Meetups (a workshop for Minecrafters interested in storytelling, film, and game design) to Skatepark Design (learn about the history of skateboard architecture and how skateparks are designed, then design your own skateboard obstacles), and more. For more info, click here.

—Shelley Massey

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