Kids in Georgia can enjoy learning, exploring and playing for free in many locations. Some forms of cheap fun are available at special times, for instance, many museums will offer days of free general admission. Still, other places provide free access all year round. This list contains a list of timely and constant ways for kids to have fun for free in Atlanta.
Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory
571 S. Kilgo Circle N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30322
Atlantans will remember the international news event wherein Emory held the mummy of Ramses I, a missing Pharaoh of Egypt. Though Ramses has since been returned to his homeland, many other mummies and related artifacts can still be seen. Children will enjoy exploring the many different exhibitions on display at the Carlos. The price for children’s admission is only $6, but will be completely free of charge on May 8, 2014
Free Weekly Workshops
Home Depot stores all around Georgia offer frequent hands-on activities for children ages five to 12. The theme will change from week to week, with such possibilities as building a flower planter or miniature lawn mower. Children are expected to arrive promptly on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and will receive a kit, apron and pin as well as a certificate of achievement after finishing at noon. Registration is required online, but parents only need to provide an email address and name.
Geocaching in Georgia State Parks
Geocaching is somewhat of a modern take on the treasure hunt and it is one that has been fully embraced by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The barrier to entry is very low, as families will only need a GPS device such as the apps available for most smartphones. For those completely unfamiliar with the process, the state parks website offers detailed explanations as well as themed hunts that tour historic sites.
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Outdoor street art is obviously free for public viewing and the murals curated by Living Walls are some of the notable examples in Atlanta. The walls themselves are the enduring legacy of an artist community that has hosted an annual conference since 2010 and provides locations and pictures of work on their website. Parents and guardians can engage their children in a discussion of art and its relationship to the community by researching artists and then visiting various pieces around the city.
Centennial Park (Fountain of Rings)
265 Park Ave. W. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
Jets of water dance in choreographed motion to recognizable songs such as “Under the Sea” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Centennial Park’s Fountain of Rings provides four free shows a day, every day of the year. This colorful spectacle is tailor made to impress young children, while also providing a backdrop for a meaningful history lesson. The 1996 Summer Olympics was a coming out party that introduced Atlanta as a major cultural center for the world, and Centennial Park remains a center point of the city to this day.
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With a BFA in Digital Media, Sean Mills has worked for design firms with clients across the United States. He has worked as an illustrator and visual designer, and has shown paintings in juried exhibitions. He currently works as a studio artist and writer in Atlanta, Georgia. His work can be found at Examiner.com.