Every mom knows motherhood is not only challenging but rewarding. It’s important for moms to converse and share their experiences with other moms. This list features a variety of locations in Atlanta with activities that are sure to please any Mom.
Dutch Monkey Doughnuts
Hours: Tues to Fri – 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat and Sun – 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mon – Closed
Dutch Monkey Doughnuts is popular with early bird moms that like something sweet for their morning nourishment. The owners here are up at 2:30 a.m. each day creating unique quality items from fresh ingredients from scratch. After dropping off the kids at school, this location serves well for many moms as a perfect place to chat while having their coffee and morning pastry. First one must try their signature Dutch Monkey Doughnut, but do not miss the Boston Cream Pie that is said to be the best around.
Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center
Hours: Tues to Sat – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Moms who love animals will not want to miss helping out some famous animals. At Noah’s Ark they can meet like-minded moms who love to volunteer, while caring for animals. Instead of volunteering, Moms can opt to bring along the kids and tour the grounds of Noah’s Ark also. The most popular activity here is a birthday party in the picnic area.
Cork and Canvas
Hours: Tues to Fri – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cork and Canvas provides a relaxed environment where moms can aspire to paint like Van Gogh or just explore their creative side. Here you can come alone, grab a friend or organize a group to paint, play and party. The intimate setting including unique rooms and real wine glasses, which are a hit with moms who have visited. Most moms return with their own group next time and visit over and over again. All Moms leave relaxed, fulfilled and with an original work of art of their very own.
Garden Hills Park
Hours: Vary by season, Please see website
The centerpiece of the Garden Hills neighborhood is the Garden Hills Park. This true neighborhood park is a gathering place for friends and families. During summertime, the pool is popular, but year round the community center provides a haven for moms, meetings, parties and various events. Each year, the highlight is an Ice Cream Social. The Garden Hills Neighborhood Foundation supports this city-owned park.
29 Spa at the Mansion on Peachtree
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri and Sat – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The creator of the 29 Spa, Lydia Mondavi, a fifth-generation Atlanta mom native, envisioned a place where moms could come to unwind and relax together in luxury. This spa has many inviting spots where a few friends can gather to chat while unwinding from a mom’s busy life including a lounge, a sauna, a whirlpool and a balcony terrace. As one of Atlanta’s premiere spas, expect an experience that combines beautiful benefits with the blissful art of relaxation. If one visits during “The Crush” season of the Mondavi Winery, be sure to try a treatment that features fresh “crush” in the ingredients.
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