Kids love all there is to do and see at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. (📷 Benjamin A. Pete)

Best Kid-Friendly Things to Do on Weekends in Atlanta

Atlanta has a lot to offer kids, from tots to teens. Enjoy kid-friendly adventurous thrills on rides at Six Flags Over Georgia. Explore nature on any of Atlanta’s many hiking trails or parks and consider visiting Chattahoochee Nature Center for a canoe trip, group activity, or visit to the butterfly festival. Spend a a weekend visiting top Atlanta attractions like Georgia Aquarium or Zoo Atlanta. Kids will love hands-on fun and learning at Center for Puppetry Arts and Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Here is our list of the best kid-friendly things to do on weekends in Atlanta.

Georgia Aquarium 

Two California seals at the SunTrust Pier exhibit at Georgia Aquarium
Learn all about California Seals at the SunTrust Pier exhibit. (📷 Georgia Aquarium)

Featuring more than 500 species from around the world in 10 million gallons of water, Georgia Aquarium is overflowing with exciting and informative exhibits. Don’t miss the dolphin show and be sure to check out the animal encounters.

World of Coca-Cola

Family friends posing in front of the giant Coca-Cola cap sign before going into World of Coca-Cola.
World of Coca-Cola is a sensory experience that kids of all ages enjoy. (Joleen Pete)

Ever wanted to learn everything there is to know about America’s favorite beverage? At World of Coca-Cola you can. Sample from more than 100 different Coca-Cola products from around the world, get a peek inside the history of this famous beverage and see how it is bottled.

Zoo Atlanta

Kids feeding a bird at Zoo Atlanta.
Kids who love animals are going to delight in all there is to experience at Zoo Atlanta. (📷 Crystal Pelkey)

With more than 1,000 animals, representing more than 200 species from around the world, Zoo Atlanta has much to offer in the way of education and entertainment. Be sure to check out the website prior to your visit for year-around events and educational opportunities by age. Kids can blow off steam at The Naked Mole Rat playground or KIDZone rides and attraction area. Pack a change of clothes for your kids and let them cool off in Splash Fountain, open seasonally.

Six Flags Over Georgia 

Explore your wild side with more than 40 rides and 11 roller coasters at Six Flags Over Georgia. Three children’s areas offer milder entertainment for the smaller set. Also, you can cool off in Hurricane Harbor, an interactive water park.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Girl catching a butterfly at the Butterfly Festival at Chattahoochee Nature Center.
Experience butterflies up close and personal at the annual Butterfly Festival at Chattahoochee Nature Center. (📷 Benjamin A. Pete)

Get outside and explore CNC’s 127-acres where you can hike, play and discover various natural habitats and educational displays. Pack a picnic, visit the Chattahoochee Nature Center theater and participate in various educational programs focusing on natural science and ecology. Check the calendar for upcoming special family activities like canoeing and night hikes.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Two animated adults telling a story to children at the Children's Museum of Atlanta.
Kids can enjoy an engaging storytime among the fun things to do at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. (📷 Jeff Roffman)

Geared especially for kids to learn through play, Children’s Museum of Atlanta is is the largest children’s museum in Georgia, and its state-of-the-art center is divided into six learning zones and rotating feature exhibits. Kids can create art, climb, experiment and more.

Great Wolf Lodge

Kids on the rope course at Great Wolf Lodge LeGrange/Atlanta.
Older kids and teens can challenge themselves on an elaborate indoor rope course at Great Wolf Lodge LeGrange/Atlanta. (📷 Joleen Pete)

A great mini-vacation destination, nearby Great Wolf Lodge offers tons of activities for the entire family. There is an indoor water park plus character appearances, Camp H.O.W.L- kids activity camp, story times, pajama parties and so much more. Great Wolf is located in LaGrange, Ga.

Center for Puppetry Arts

See Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets at Center for Puppetry Arts Worlds of Puppetry Museum. (📷 Joleen Pete)

There are two museums in one with workshops and performances, and all of that makes Center for Puppetry Arts a great destination for the young and young at heart. Visit the amazing works of Jim Henson, view puppets from around the globe, participate in puppet-making workshops and take in a show.

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There are so many kid-loved playgrounds in Atlanta, including this favorite at Morgan Falls Park. (📷 Joleen Pete)

For something a little more low-key but equally as fun, check out one of the 21 best playgrounds in Atlanta

Also, check this list of 50 ideas for Atlanta family fun.

Originally published June 2018.

Joleen Pete lives outside Atlanta with her husband and their son. On the weekends they enjoy going into the city for family fun and exploration. Joleen is the family travel and lifestyle blogger behind Love, Joleen.

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