Enjoy tubing thrills at Snow Island at Margaritaville. Photo courtesy of Lanier Islands
Enjoy tubing thrills at Snow Island at Margaritaville. Photo courtesy of Lanier Islands

22 Things We Are Excited To Do in Atlanta with Kids This Winter

Even as we enjoy fairly mild winters in Atlanta, most of us Southerners tend to hibernate rather than brave the not-quite-freezing temperatures. But for those of us who get cabin fever, there are some outdoor activities this winter that are sure to keep kids active and engaged. 

From snow tubing at Snow Island in Margaritaville to MLK Jr. events, outdoor entertainment, and light shows, even in these COVID times there is something for everyone this winter in Atlanta. 

We've handpicked our favorite winter activities, so bundle up, gather your crew, and prepare for some wintertime fun. 

If you prefer to remain indoors during this challenging time, why not enjoy a Mommy Poppins@Home class. Choose from Castles, Kingdoms, and Wizards, music and movementscience and alphabet, and more.

While we try to promote safe activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.

22 Great Things to Do With Kids in Atlanta This Winter

1. Take your crew and grab a snow tube at Snow Island at Margaritaville, Lake Lanier.  Aside from the tubing, there's ice skating, carnival rides, smores and hot chocolate, and plenty of wintertime fun.   

2. Prepare to be dazzled as you pack up the car and take the family on a magical drive-thru light show at Candy Rush World of Illumination at Six Flags White Water in Marietta.

3. While we are on the subject of holidays, you won't want to miss the illuminations at Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The show runs through January 16.

4. Lace up your skates and ice skate under the stars at Skate the Station at Atlantic Station. The pop-up rink is open until January 18.  

5. Bundle up and take a walk around Alpharetta's outdoor shopping and entertainment thoroughfare Avalon, where you can sip hot cocoa near one of its outdoor fireplaces or go ice skating with the kids.

6. Prepare for some epic people watching as you stroll the Beltline with the kids, with a stop at Ponce City Market for a quick bite.

7. When its just too cold outside, take a day trip to Tellus Science Museum, where your kids can sign up for an astronomy workshop.

8. Enjoy a parents' night out, or a quiet night at home on January 9 while the kids enjoy dinner and a movie at Kids Night Out at the new modern family club Kefi.

9. Create a handmade Valentine's Day wreath with your child on January 28 at Scottsdale Farm in Milton.

10. Take the kids to decompress and re-ignite their creative juices at Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta.

11. Bundle up, grab a tent, and plan for a long night at Zoo Atlanta, where an overnight nocturnal adventure awaits, featuring activities, tours, and opportunities to learn about wildlife and wild places.   

12. Grab a backpack filled with snacks and drinks and head to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park for a winter hike.

13. Harness your child's inner musician at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Music for the Very Young.

14. Got a football fan in the house? Check out the Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta, a 95,000-square-foot museum, complete with a 45-yard football field, and dozens of interactive exhibits.

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Take "flight" at the Screaming Eagle Adventure Course at The Chattahoochee Nature Center. Photo courtesy of CNC

15. Soar through the forest at the new Screaming Eagles zipline adventure course at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

16. Make a visit to the Fernbank Museum and join a Fernbank Forest Ranger in exploring the great outdoors.

17. Take a road trip to Chattahoochee Hills and explore the majestic grounds of Serenbe, the wellness-focused community south of Atlanta's airport.

18. Treat the kids to some culture from home with The Alliance Theater's production (Knock Knock), The Sounds of Winter available for streaming through December 31.

19. Take the kids for a short pony or horse ride at family-oriented Sunny Brook Farms in East Cobb. Lessons are available in a number of disciplines.

20. Dress the kids in their favorite pirate costume and prepare to walk the plank at Fernbank Museum's Pirate Day on January 23. Aargh!

21. Commemorate MLK Day on January 20 as the Atlanta History Center explores the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with special programming. Join in the spirit of civic responsibility and volunteerism the civil rights leader represented.  

22. Delight in thousands of colorful orchids in the Fuqua Conservatory as the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Orchid Daze event returns.

Paleo Playdates
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University - 10:00 AM Pick
The Pigeon Comes to Atlanta! A Mo Willems Exhibit
Children's Museum of Atlanta - 9:30 AM
Zoo in You Exhibit
Tellus Science Museum - various times
Neighborhood Guides
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