It seems like kids get downright restless when the temperature begins to drop in Atlanta. When your wee ones complain about not being able to play outside, there are some great indoor options to enjoy quality family time together during the colder winter months. Grab the kids, load up the SUV or minivan, and try one of these top five indoor playgrounds in Atlanta.
Price: $8.50 children 1 and older/$7 siblings/ $6 children younger than 1 year old/free for parents and caregivers.
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Hours: Tues to Sat – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sun – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Little Bears is perfect for little people because they won’t get run over by bigger, older kids. In fact, this 3,000-square-foot, indoor play place is designed for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and children with special needs, so parents can sit back and rest assured that their small children are perfectly safe. Complimentary morning coffee, free wi/fi and cable TV are great bonuses. Kids love the inflatable jumpers, climbing towers, playhouses and toddler playland. Discounts are available for mommy groups.
Hippo Hopp Indoor Playground
Price: Free for babies younger than 1/$5 for 1 to 2 years old/$8 for 3 and older
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Hours: Sun to Thurs – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hippo Hopp is Atlanta’s premiere green indoor playground. It uses only non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning products, making it a huge hit with parents. It’s just as big a hit with the younger set as it is with their parents. Hippo Hopp is packed with fun bounce houses, big slides, obstacle courses, air hockey and more for hours of indoor fun. The Healthy Hippo Café serves up snacks sure to please picky kids and gourmet-seeking adults. Big screen TV and free wi/fi are other pluses.
The Great Barn at Stone Mountain Park
Price: $9 for adults and $7 for kids ages 3-11. A $10 one-day parking permit is required.
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Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cold days in Atlanta definitely call for a trip to Stone Mountain Park to visit the Great Barn. This four-story, 1870s-style barn is filled with fun indoor activities for kids ages 5 to 12. Here, families compete to earn points in exciting interactive games. Top scorers see their name posted on the huge scoreboard, which is updated every few minutes. In addition, super slides, trampoline floors, climbing structures, mazes, fruit blasters and scavenger hunts keep everyone entertained.
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Price: $8.99-$9.99 (varies by location, age and day of week)
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fri and Sat – 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sun – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Kids love to monkey around at Monkey Joes. That’s because each location is packed with super slides, jumps and obstacle courses. The staff regularly sanitizes all inflatable surfaces, giving parents peace of mind while their kiddos play. There’s a separate play area for kids 3 years old and and younger, and an adult area with free wi-fi, flat screen TVs and computer stations. Walk-ins are always welcome.
Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Centers
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Price: Varies by activity and day of week.
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10:00 a.m. to midnight; Fri – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Sat – 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Sun – 9:00 a.m. to midnight
Stars and Strikes is like a bowling alley on steroids and the perfect place for indoor family fun. Not only does each of four locations offer bowling, but there’s also laser tag, bumper cars, and an extensive arcade to pass away the cold winter months in Atlanta. Group and family discounts are available, as are weekly specials, like all-you-can-bowl and unlimited video arcade deals. When the temperature drops, the action heats up at Stars and Strikes.
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