5 Fun Family Trips in Georgia for Toddlers, Tots & Tweens
What to Do? What to See? How to keep the kids engaged?
If you are anything like me, you have asked yourself these questions many times. Whether you live in Georgia--or you are vacationing with your family--you must make time to check out these engaging educational sights with your little ones.
In this quick travel guide, I've included many of the ins and outs for having a fun time with your children. There are videos to give you a sense of what to expect and maps to tell you how to get there. Some venues are in climate controlled environments, while others span wide open spaces.
Finally, there is a poll and comments for you to share your own experiences. Let me know what you think!
1) Imagine It! The Atlanta Children's Museum
What You Need to Know About The Atlanta Children's Museum
Admission: $12.75 for all patrons over the age of 1.
- Monday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Wednesday: CLOSED
- Thursday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Why It's Great For Toddlers & Preschoolers: The bright colors and larger than life exhibits are enough to draw anyone in this age group. Some favorites are Fundamentally Food, The Crawl Space and Leaping into Learning. But watch out! The Leaping into Learning Exhibit is a fully engaging water feature. While the museum does provide raincoats, kids still love to get wet with this one.
Why You May Want to Skip it if You Only Have Tweens: While nine and ten year olds can have a great time at this museum with their siblings, eleven and twelve year olds may get bored quickly since most of the exhibits and activities are geared towards younger elementary, preschool and toddlers. An alternative for this group would be the Fernbank Science Center, which I list in my article on fun free activities in Georgia.
When to Go: If you don’t mind large crowds, Target has been sponsoring free admission to children and their families on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 1-7. However, it seems like the program will be suspended after July 2015. If you don’t like spending a lot of time in lines, I would suggest going on Mondays. This day is designated for families, while any other given weekday is open to groups and field trips.
Map to Imagine It: Children's Museum in Atlanta, Georgia
The Atlanta Children's Museum is an excellent exploratory experience for toddlers, preschoolers and young elementary kids.
2) INK Fun, The Interactive Neighborhood for Kids
What You Need To Know About INK, Fun!
$8 for all patrons over age 2
- Monday through Saturday: 10 AM until 5 PM
- Sunday: 1pm until 5pm
Why it’s Great for Preschoolers and Early Elementary: The Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, engages kids on their terms and encourages them to use their imaginations as they pretend to be productive citizens within a community. Children have the opportunity to become restaurant owners, beauticians, doctors, and so much more.
In addition to the exhibits, there is a pottery studio and a toy lending library. Local families can participate in the program for $20 and check out one item per week. Those who are members of the museum, have the opportunity to check out six items. No more worrying about storing or selling unwanted toys. It’s a great way to try before you buy… Or just try with no guilt of returning.
Why It's Okay For Toddlers: While there are many engaging sights and sounds in this museum, the imagination factor is the core of this venue. While toddlers would have a great time with older siblings, they won’t be able to fully participate in all that this museum has to offer.
Why it’s Pretty Good for Tweens: Tweens who appreciate playing with younger brothers and sisters, will love this place. They get a free pass to pretend to be grown up without losing any cool points because the exhibits are truly well done. No cheese--except in the grocery store and restaurant.
When to Go: This museum offers a two dollar discount to patrons on Sundays. However, if you like to avoid crowds, generally Mondays and Tuesdays are good. You should plan to spend at least two hours to fully enjoy each of the twenty exhibits.
A Map to the Interactive Neighborhood For Kids
Here is a quick visual of how to get to the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids venue.
3) Tiny Towne in Norcross, GA
What Do You Need to Know About Tiny Towne
Think of this venue like Dave & Buster’s or Chuck E. Cheese. It’s free to enter the park, but you will have to pay to play (and eat). In my opinion, the educational and fun factor make it worth more than the other two.
During the Summer (June 1st – August 20)
- Monday – Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm
- Sunday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
During the Rest of the Year
- Sunday – Thursday: 11:00am – 7:30pm
- Friday & Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Why it’s Great for Tweens, Elementary, Preschoolers: Who doesn’t love go karts? At Tiny Towne, Senior drivers operate “smart cars”. They’re cool. They’re fun. They give every kid a chance to feel what it’s like to take the wheel and go for it. This venue takes the experience a step further by offering a true-to-life driving experience, rather than a bump ‘em up--ram them off the road-- racing opportunity. Although drivers can be as young as, three years old, kids have to be 9 years old, 57” tall, and pass a simulator test before they are let loose on the Senior driver roadways. The three levels ease children into the process of becoming safe drivers. Honestly, as a would-be helicopter mom, this driving course is more my speed. They also have a train that preschoolers and younger elementary kids can enjoy. Additionally, Tiny Towne offers interactive safety modules and classes to prepare young ones for the road ahead.
Why Teens (Who Don’t Drive) Will Get on Board: We all know that even adults drive go karts. These little cars pack enough punch for the most discerning 13, 14 or 15 year old. Plus it’s a way to experience the freedom of driving before they are legally able to get out on the road.
Why It's Not-So-Great If You Only Have Toddlers: Flashing, beeping and buzzing are all the rage here, but the under age three set will get frustrated quickly when they realize that they can’t experience much of the fun. There are a few toddler rides, but not enough to keep them busy for hours on end.
When to Go: During the early part of the week is a pretty good time to avoid large crowds. Also, get there as soon as the doors open to avoid too much waiting in line.
A Map to Tiny Towne In Norcross, GA
Tiny Towne in Norcross is a clever way to teach your kids about the rules of the road long before it's time to drive on the highway.
4) The Rock Ranch
What You Need to Know About the Rock Ranch
Admission: $10 or $15 per patron depending upon the time of year. $5 with a proper military ID and $8 per person for groups of 25 people or more. Children under 3 are free.
The Rock Ranch is open to tourists seasonally.
- Mon. – Fri. April 1 – 25, 10 am to 4 pm
- Mon. – Sat. July 7 – 26, 10 am to 4 pm
- Saturdays from Sept. 27 – Nov. 15, 10 am to 8 pm
For an additional charge, camping on site is also a possibility.
Why it’s Great for Elementary & Tweens: The Rock Ranch is good old fashioned, down home fun. Children can learn all about farming and ranching from composting, to planting to harvesting and taking care of the animals. There are so many activities from which to choose: hayrides to berry picking. They can not possibly get bored. They can enjoy an inflated jumping pad and pretend to excavate the land on the playground. There is also a miniature town. Which leads me to...
Why It's Great For Toddlers & Preschoolers: The miniature town is amazing. Imagine a series of child-sized buildings arranged in such a way that children can run the city. Like INK Fun! and Tiny Towne, kids rule the roost here. Small children can feel empowered to be anything their hearts desire here.
Why Even Your Teens May Like it: The educational programs are great, but the zip line and rock climbing will hook your teens into the experience. For an additional charge, young and old alike get to wiz through the air or challenge themselves to climb to the summit.
When to Go: It all depends on your taste. This place is so big, it didn’t seem over crowded when we visited. We packed a really enjoyed the experience. Contact them ahead to ensure you get the most out of your visit.
Map to the Rock Ranch
The Rock Ranch is a great way for kids to learn about where food comes from before it gets on the shelf in the grocery store.
5) The Savannah Children's Museum
What You Need to Know About The Savannah Children’s Museum
Admission: $7.50 per person over 1 year old
- Sunday: 11am-4pm
- Wednesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm
Why It's Great For Toddlers & Preschoolers: Located in Tricentennial Park, the Savannah children’s museum has a plethora of opportunities for your little ones to explore, build and figure out the world around them. There are games, garden spaces, and climbing structures. Truly a treasure for any small child.
Why it’s Great for Elementary & Tweens: In addition to all of the features mentioned above, there is ginormous lawn bowling, a labyrinth, tons of old brick structures (the remains of an old railway station), and many other great features. Kids can let their imaginations run free here. Additionally--if your family is so inclined--you can team your ticket up with a two of the other attractions like the Savannah History Museum and the Georgia State Railroad Museum.
When to Go: Whenever it is open and the weather is good. Seriously, it’s outside, so plan accordingly.
A Map to The Savannah Children's Museum
The Savannah Children's Museum is a great outdoor destination for families with young children who love to explore and expand their imaginations.
So whether you are on vacation or looking for a weekend getaway for your family, you can feel confident knowing that you all can have fun.
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