Free (& Cheap) Things to Do in Atlanta in April

Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with the most up-to-date information. However, sometimes closures occur at the last minute due to circumstances beyond our control, such as the spread of COVID-19. We highly recommend that you call ahead before you pack your kids pack your kids (and all those snacks, and diapers…) and haul them across town. Stay safe! 

April is full of free and cheap things to do with your family in Atlanta, including blooms at local gardens, strawberry picking, and museum re-openings. Scroll through and pick some of your favorite events to fill your April calendar!

Join a Community Garden (or Plant Your Own)

The warm weather calls to your kiddo. If you’re looking for a fun-filled science-themed way to play outdoors, gardening with kids is educational, entertaining and absolute awesomeness. Here's the scoop on some of Atlanta's coolest community gardens, and here are tips on gardening with kids. 

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Get Hopping on Your Easter Plans

While this year may not be exactly back to normal, you have plenty of choices—from enjoying a day among blooms in a garden to looking for the golden egg at an egg hunt, and more—to keep your bunnies busy. Hop to It, here

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Re-Acquaint Yourself with Atlanta's Best Museums for Kids

From science and epidemiology to art and design, with everything in between, Atlanta’s museum scene is legit. And, with COVID precautions in place, you’ll be able to plan your trip with fewer crowds for a more relaxed experience. Give these Atlanta museums a look.

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Visit a Freedom Farmer's Market

The market, now open year-round, offers a wide range of organic, local products including: fresh produce, grass fed meats, dairy including cheeses, yogurt, butter, milk, farm fresh eggs, handmade pasta and preserves, baked goods, coffee and more. Each market March to December features live music, a kid's tent, and a local chef with hot prepared foods. The market also holds monthly events featuring the fruit or vegetable of the season. This is what to know before you go.

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Check Out Monster Jam at Atlanta Motor Speedway

The action-packed motorsports experience returns after a pandemic pause, roaring into Atlanta for a high-octane weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway from April 24-25. Monster Jam® features the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement with added health measures in place. Tickets start at $15. Here's more information.

Play on Art in Sandy Springs

Imagination becomes reality at the Abernathy Greenway Linear Park. Atlanta Magazine named The Playable Art Park a "Best of Atlanta 2014″ park. With a generous grant from Northside Hospital, the Sandy Springs Conservancy (SSC) created a new kind of playground for children of all ages - one filled with real art to play on, play with, or inspire imagination. Here's the scoop. 

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Watch Small Planes Take-Off & Land

It’s a plane! It’s a playground! It’s the Peachtree-Dekalb Airport Park! Your crew will love a trip to PDK, with its playground, picnic area, and air strip observation stadium. Here's what you should know. 

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Free Admission to The High

On the Second Sunday of each month, you can enjoy free admission to The High Museum of Art. During Covid, all programming will be cancelled and guests are asked to adhere to strict social distancing endeavors—making it a nice place to spend an afternoon outside your house (and the elements). Here's what you need to know.

Visit the CDC Museum

Since it's on our minds already, learn about the history of the Centers for Disease Control and how scientists work to crack the cases of mystery diseases at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum. Admission and parking are free on weekdays. Event details

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Visit Dekalb's Farmers Market

This huge market is full of culinary wonders—including an International Products Department that includes things like dried fruits from Thailand and Turkish roasted nuts—and you can spend hours checking out the seafood, exotic fruits, and other wares. Event details

Stroll the BeltLine

This 22-mile loop gets better every year, with art installations to find and Atlanta’s tree canopy to enjoy. The Beltline’s group bike tours are a great way for participant to finish a 3-hour course, pedalling through neighborhoods and nature they may never have visited before. Event details

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Tour Atlanta Street Art

You don’t need a docent to guide you through the Atlanta street art scene, which now boasts over 1000 murals (though you could learn a lot on one of these walking tours). Just hop on a bike, a skateboard, or lace up your sneaks to check out artwork that is as inspiring as it is Insta-worthy. Event details.

Hit a Skate Park

Atlanta’s skateparks are spread out, which means accessing one is relatively easy, no matter where you live. The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is often the site of free beginner skateboarding classes on the weekends (check the BeltLine’s website to find out when to go), and the Brook Run Skate Park in Dunwoody is the largest skatepark in Atlanta, and is surrounded by trees (and near trails for biking, walking, and running).

Visit Noah's Arc Animal Sanctuary

Visit the Noah’s Arc Animal Sanctuary. Noah’s Ark is a 250-acre sanctuary for abused, unwanted, and neglected animals in a park-like setting with paved pathways. Noah’s Ark is open Tuesday through Saturday. The Welcome Center, picnic area, and playground are open at 9 a.m. for visitors, and the animal habitat is open from 12-3 p.m.

—Shelley Massey

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