Best After-School Activities For Families In Atlanta

September 9, 2016 2:00 PM

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Classes will soon be gearing up here in Atlanta and gone will the long crazy, hazy days of summer and both students and parents will be back to the old grind. Back to homework schedules, band classes, ball games, and various other scheduled activities. Up early, long hard days, and to bed early will become the norm unlike the freewheeling days and afternoons of summer vacation. But as the old adage goes, “all work and no play” makes for dull life. But ah…then there are the weekends and long breaks during the fall and winter when the family can visit great active venues in and around Atlanta to be enjoyed by the whole family. However, it is important to contact each venue to make sure of things like hours of operation, location, and ticket cost.
Noah’s Ark
712 LG Griffin Road
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 957-0888
www.noahs-ark.org

This is an amazing place to take the kids, and the adults will enjoy it as much as they do. Noah’s Ark was founded in 1978 by Jama Hedgecoth and operates as a non-profit animal sanctuary.  It is home to an amazing array of animals — horses, bison and deer; but also exotic animals such as cougars, parrots and monkeys. Many schools each year plan this venue as one of their field trips where the entire class attends together. More than 100,000 people visit Noah’s Ark annually to experience first-hand the animals in habitats that mimic their natural environments.

Walk the nature trails, visit the animal habitats, and witness the power and effectiveness of love. Non-profit organization. Donations only. Animal Habitat, walking trail zoo 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Welcome Center, Picnic Area and Office Hours are Tues – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Andretti Karting And Games
11000 Alpharetta Highway
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 992-5688
www.andrettikarting.com
E: receptionist@andrettikarting.com 

With so much to see and do, this is truly a fun event for every member of the family. They have varying hours for each day of the week and weekend. They have later closing times than most venues of this kind during the week which allows time even on school nights to enjoy this fun/active place. This would be a great place for those special celebrations like birthday parties. They have kart driving, games, food and other entertaining opportunities.

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Fernbank Science Center Planetarium
156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 874-7102
www.fernbank.edu

Again, another fun and interesting place that is often on the schedules of some of the school field trips – but much more fun with the whole family when you can stay longer, each joy events, and be able to share the experience to talk about for a long time to come. However, they have many various hours for their events, and it is wise to check with them before planning your trip. There are also stricter rules for the planetarium than the museums and other events.

World Of Coca Cola
121 Baker Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313
(404)676-5151
www.worldofcoca-cola.com

The World of Coca-Cola is a museum showcasing the history of The Coca-Cola Company attractions, and is located in Atlanta, Georgia where the company’s headquarters are located. The attractions are wide and varied. Before planning your trip check with their website and scroll over the calendar to see what they are promoting with additional information. Basic hours of Operation are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm There is hardly a person on planet earth that is not familiar with the Coca Cola brand and their world famous soft drink.

Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue, SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 624-WILD
www.zooatlanta.org

Zoo Atlanta is a magnet for animal lovers of all kinds – from bears, giraffes, elephants, domestic, and wild animals – this zoo has them all.  Located adjacent to Grant Park, there are many fulfilled hours awaiting families with children of all ages.  They offer special programs all year long and is one of the most family friendly venues in all of Atlanta.  Come as you are, bring the baby strollers, and stroll along with children or all ages including adults who are still young at heart. Check on their website for hours or operation, activities and ticket costs which vary from children, to adult, college students, seniors and military.

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