While the week whizzes by as a blur of work and regular routines, the weekend brings an opportunity to relax and regroup with some old-fashioned family fun. While many classes require advance planning, several spots allow for single drop-in sessions for the small set. Gather up your group and gear up for a good time before hitting one of these Saturday drop-in classes—no reservation required.


Purple Hippo Art Studio
Designed for ages 2 and up, a trip to Purple Hippo Art Studio’s open studio is perfect for your petite Picasso.  Walk-in hours on Saturdays are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and $15 gets you two hours of studio time. Watch the kids get creative as they enjoy access to oodles of art supplies. The best part? The mess stays there! There is always an art teacher on duty, and don’t forget to stop by the gift shop to pick out a “ready-to-decorate” craft—feel free to take it home or use open studio materials to jazz it up.

Address: 5517 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody
Phone: 770-730-0605
Online: purplehippoartstudio.com


Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Looking for some garden variety fun? Check out the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Drop-in Family Programs for some educational outdoor fun. Saturday’s drop-in classes are normally held twice monthly and change topics every month. The program cost is $6 per child plus admission to the garden. For members, the cost is just $5 for each little sprout. Before you head out, make sure to take a look at their website for specific dates, times, and program information.

Address: 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE
Phone: 404-876-5859
Online: atlantabotanicalgarden.org


Barnes & Noble
A trip to the bookstore can be a fun family outing, why not coordinate around Children’s Story Time.  Your little bookworm will thank you!  Most Barnes & Noble locations offer a free Saturday story time at 11 am. When you arrive head to the Children’s Department to participate. Stories are normally accompanied by a craft related to the theme for the week.  On occasion, special guest readers have been known to drop by! Check out their website for the specifics on each location.

Address: Click here to find a location nearest you.
Phone: 770-396-1200
Online: barnesandnoble.com


Chattahoochee Nature Center
The Chattahoochee Nature Center is beautifully positioned on the Chattahoochee River with 127 acres of native plants. They are also home to over 50 species of wildlife that is non-releasable.  The kiddos will love the Creature Feature and Feeding Time drop- in activities.  Creature Feature starts at 2 p.m. and will have you up close and personal meeting a resident animal with a CNC Naturalist. Then stop by Feeding Time, at 4 pm, where you can catch a detailed look at a naturalist while they’re feeding wildlife. The theme changes every month, so be sure to come back often. The activities are included in the price of admission which is $10 for adults and $6 for kids age 3 and up.

Address: 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell
Phone: 770-992-255
Online: chattahoocheenaturecenter.org


Kids Dance 411
If baby likes to bust a move, then Kids Dance 411 drop-in classes are for you. They offer a diverse selection of classes including a Ballet/Tap Combo, Hip Hop, Creative Movement and Breakdance.  Refer to the website for class times and appropriate ages for each class. The cost is $15 for a single class, or buy a fifteen class card for $180.  Don’t forget your camera to capture your little one’s new moves!

Address: 475 Moreland Ave. SE
Phone: 404-622-4110
Online: kidsdance411.com

Did we miss a spot? Tell us what drop-in weekend activities you enjoy with your kids in the comments section below!

Jessica Obenschain

Photos courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden via FacebookPurple Hippo Art Studio via FacebookDance 411 via Facebook and Chattahooche Nature Center via Facebook