Not everyone wants to head to the beach for spring break. If you’re looking for an alternative to the same old Florida vacation, consider heading to Atlanta this year. Below are a few of the attractions that make the city a great place to visit during the mild weather months. See if your favorites made the list.

Atlanta Ballet at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 916-2800

Date: March 21-23, 2014

From March 21-23, you can check out the Modern Choreographic Voices performances by the Atlanta Ballet at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. This newer venue is the best place to watch dance in Atlanta, with its wide, deep stage and excellent acoustics. Getting out of the parking lot after the show is never a quick process, but it’s worth this aggravation to experience the intriguing new works in this annual spring performance. The performances are a great way to expand your kids’ dance vocabulary if they have an affection for the acrobatics of reality shows like “So You Think You Can Dance.”

LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Phipps Plaza
3500 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 848-9252

LEGOLAND is one of Atlanta’s newer attractions, and it provides a full day of fun for little ones and their parents. More than a store (although it does have an impressive retail component), the center also has a movie theater and plenty of activities to justify the steep admission price. It may become busy during spring break, so it’s advisable to purchase your tickets in advance online. It’s a great rainy day adventure and is certainly much more educational and inspiring than another car trip to Disneyworld. 

New American Shakespeare Tavern
499 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 874-5299

Date: Through March 30, 2014

If your kids are always whining about having to read Shakespeare, claiming that it is not relatable for them, consider a family outing to the New American Shakespeare Tavern. This spring, the theater is performing “Much Ado About Nothing” and the Bard’s comedies are particularly well suited to this environment. It’s a small space, so the audience cannot help but get drawn into the performance (sometimes physically), and the broad acting style makes the material come alive for younger viewers. The kid-friendly menu is surprisingly tasty and makes the experience a satisfying and educational night out. 

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Atlanta Science Festival
Various locations
Atlanta, GA
(770) 322-4992

Date: March 22-29, 2014

Atlantans of all ages will find something of interest at the Atlanta Science Festival, held at various venues throughout town from March 22-29, 2014. There’s a Superhero Science Night at the Atlanta Children’s Museum, and parents might want to sign up for the Science Behind Art Conservation wine and cheese reception at Emory University. Other events include a forest bird walk at Fernbank and a discussion of the sound waves in drumline band performances. Check out the website for full details. 

Georgia Aquarium Animal Encounters
Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4000

The Georgia Aquarium has long been one of Atlanta’s premiere attractions, but you may not be aware of all of the special animal encounters you can engage in on site. In addition to the impressive standard exhibits, there are opportunities to swim or dive with the whale sharks or beluga whales, or to get up close and personal with the lovable penguins or sea otters. There are also opportunities for sleepovers in the aquarium; check out the website for full details.

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