We’ve never met a May like this one. But with so many changes, there are still some things that never change. Kids still love backyard games and camping in the backyard. They still love to cook with us and chalk up the sidewalk. And we still love rocking the weekend. Keep reading for ways to win it this weekend, below.

photo: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay 

Hands-On Activities

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.

Visit Rescued Exotic Animals
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is home to over 100 exotic and native animals that have been rescued due to being orphaned, abused, illegally purchased or just in need of a forever home. While the preserve is open air, but you must still socially distance from those who are not in your group, bring your own face masks, hand sanitizers and wipes along with a bag to take your trash home with you. Check out the scoop, here.

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.

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.


Virtual Adventures

Enjoy Opera & Art
The Time In Children’s Arts Initiative has created a series of amazing, free, how-to-draw videos for kids all over the planet! You’ll watch opera and then draw the characters, devise back stories for them, write your own comics and more. Check out the details, here.

Hang Out with Dav Pilkey at Home
Dav Pilkey, the children’s author and illustrator behind Dog Man and Captain Underpants, releases new video content on Friday mornings at 8 a.m. ET on social media channels and the websites of the Library and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company. Be there for the drop, and find out how, here.

Join a Sing-a-Long
The Keegan Family Sing-a-Long will have the whole family singing favorite songs and learning a few new ones. Songs will connect to the weekly theme. Click here to catch the tune.

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 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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