Atlanta parents: you’ve got this. As we ease into a summer with perhaps fewer schedules to keep, we’ve got you covered with tons of fun and easy things to do with kids. Read on for our favorite backyard games, gardening with kids ideas, indoor fort plans, DIY water features, plus a very special guide to what’s streaming on Netflix, just in case you all could use a break. And for those of you looking to stretch your legs, perhaps, we’ve got you covered with a guide to Georgia camping spots that are open, now.

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Hands-On Activities

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.

Turn Cardboard Boxes into Epic Creations
No matter how shiny the gift inside, time and time again kids want to play with the box. Check out these 17 epic transformations of an ordinary cardboard box that will make you forget its humble past. From mini-golf to airplanes to castles, you’re guaranteed to get inspired.

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

 

Virtual Adventures

Get Moving with Disney Workouts
Get up and moving with Disney Family’s fun exercise videos based on your favorite Disney films such as Peter Pan, Moana, The Incredibles and Mulan. The videos are each around 10 minutes long and feature iconic clips from the films. Click here for more info.

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.

Wrens Nest Virtual Story Time
Visit with the Ramblers—professional storytellers at the Joel Chandler Harris home, the Wren’s Nest—virtually. They’ll tell stories of Brer Rabbit every Friday, and the videos will live indefinitely on The Wren’s Nests’ YouTube channel. Here’s the scoop.

Skype a Scientist
In these uncertain times, Skype a Scientist is here to help! Chat with a scientist over video chat for free about anything that makes you curious. With lots of different scientists to choose from, you can pick someone who is knowledgeable about your interests. Click here for more info.

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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