Float the lazy river in the pool at Piedmont Park.

Kids love making a splash in the Fountain of Rings.

Old Fourth Ward Skate Park is right off the BeltLine and free year-round. (Benjamin A. Pete)

10 Free Things to Do with Kids in Atlanta during Summer Break

If summer break has you stressing over things to do with the kids, fret no more. These 10 ideas are sure to help you create great family memories without opening your wallet.

1. Splash Pad Fun

Splash around at two of Atlanta’s major parks, in the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park and Legacy Fountain at Piedmont Park. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.

2. Go Swimming

Swim for free at Piedmont Park from 3 to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Visit the website for public paid admission pricing and hours.

Insider’s Tip: Become a fan of Piedmont Park on Facebook to receive email notifications when the pool is closed for service.

3. Head to the Playground

Visit the iconic ATL Playground at Woodruff Park, located downtown and walking distance from the World of Coca Cola and Georgia Aquarium.

4. Visit the Skate Park

If your child likes to pop ollies and tail slide, head over to Old Fourth Ward Skate Park, where sections of the park are marked as beginner, intermediate and advanced. The park is located off the Atlanta BeltLine and is free year-round. Safety guidelines can be found on the website.

5. Atlanta BeltLine

The entire family might enjoy a long walk or biking the Atlanta BeltLine together. Go on a self-guided tour of art on the BeltLine. Here are a list of things to do together.

6. Outdoor Movies

Catch all your favorite movies in Central Park at Atlantic Station during free summer screenings every Thursday night at dusk. Pack a picnic or enjoy to-go options from many Atlantic Station restaurants that provide a discount for moviegoers.

Insider’s Tip: Mention “Movies in Central Park” or present a Movies + Dinner card (available at concierge) to receive special pricing. 

7. Free Admission to the Children’s Museum

From 1 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, admission to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta is completely free, thanks to the Target Free Day initiative.

8. See a Puppet Show

And speaking of museums, you can check out the one at the Center for Puppetry Arts free of charge from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday. Both the Children’s Museum and Puppetry Arts museum have upgraded in recent years and are better than ever.

9. Visit the High Museum

On the first Saturday of every month, residents of Fulton County can get into the High Museum of Art for free before 1 p.m., with valid I.D. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders receive free admission on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. The discount applies only to the cardholder. All active and veteran military personnel, along with one guest, can receive free admission during regular admission hours. In addition, they’ll receive free parking in the Woodruff Arts Center deck with proof of service. Last but not least, on the second Sunday of each month, Woodruff Arts Center offers a free family program with High admission.

10. Stone Mountain Park

You can easily spend the day (or several) at Stone Mountain Park, enjoying nature and the free amenities. Hike the 1-mile trail to the top of Stone Mountain, visit the playground, have a family picnic near the scenic Grist Mill and Covered Bridge, or go fishing in a 363-acre lake.

Insider’s Tip: Carpool and split the parking fee ($15 daily) or purchase an annual parking pass for $40.

If you’ve loved these ideas and would like more, check out these 50 fun free and cheap things to do in Atlanta.

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