Sometimes it rains in Georgia. For days. Ugh. You play in the rain, build forts, read 100 books, and bake enough cookies for the entire neighborhood. What next?? Time for an adventure and indoor activities for kids out of the house. We’ve got 52 ideas for rainy-day (or cold-weather) play around Atlanta. Not enough? Be sure to see our complete list of things to do in Atlanta.
Avalon Mall - We love the ice rink in the winter here, but they also have a small soft playground at Avalon Mall, perfect for a rainy day.
Aviation Museum – Tons and tons of planes; a great way to escape for the day.
Babyland General Hospital – Watch a new Cabbage Patch being born.
BAPS – Escape to India, by way of Lilburn.
Barnes and Noble – We love hanging at the bookstore and exploring the kid’s section.
Booth Western Art Museum – Cowboys, Indians, and so much more.
Bowling – Even my two-year old loves to bowl (with gutter guards.)
Build A Bear – Create a new rainy-day friend.
Center for Puppetry Arts – Take in a show (I’ve never seen a bad one here!) or visit the museum. Show tickets also include a puppet-making workshop afterwards.
Champion Kids – Indoor play for getting out the wiggles. The rope swing and trampolines are a favorite for my boys.
Chattahoochee Nature Center – With rain or cold, the outdoor exploring will not work, but there is plenty to do inside. See the live animals, check out the Nature Exchange, read books in the nook, or if it’s a Wednesday you can sometimes catch a story time.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta – There is much to explore here, with something for all ages.
Circus Arts – Registration required for learning to trapeze, tightrope walk, and more.
Delta Flight Museum – Strap into a flight simulator, Check out a restored DC-3 and biplane. There is a scavenger hunt and more, just for kiddos.
Dollar Movies - Dollar movies are generally second run shows, but kids don't mind, and the price is right.
Fernbank Musuem – See the dinosaurs, and spend time exploring Nature Quest. Need more time? Try the IMAX movie, too.
Game X - This arcade - restaurant is near Centennial Olympic Park.
Gary Pirkle Park – Imagine a great outdoor play place that you can enjoy in the rain…this giant playground covered by a 90’ solar-powered pavilion.
High Museum – Try Toddler Thursdays, Weekend family programs, Discovery backpacks, building in the Greene Family room, or exploring with an Art Trek Scavenger Hunt.
Hobbytown – This is a toy store for kids and adults, with plenty of “test” areas to keep them busy.
Hodgepodge Coffeehouse – Coffee for you; a play area for the kids. It’s my new favorite place to chill.
INK – Imaginative play..in miniature.
Indoor Playgrounds - Get a bit of energy out, while staying dry.
Indoor Water Parks - This list includes a few indoor options, some of which have play structures, and large slides.
Inside CNN Studio Tour – Visit the global headquarters for CNN.
LegoLand Discovery Center – Rides, a movie, and building options galore. Don't miss Toddler Thursdays.
Library – Find some new books or movies, or see something new at storytime.
Little Shop of Stories – Our favorite place to purchase new books. Look for a great story time here, too.
Mall play area/Carousel – We love heading to the mall for an Annie’s pretzel and lemonade. The boys play in the children’s play area, ride the train or the carousel, and we have fun window shopping.
Marietta Fire Museum – Fun and free! See multiple fire engines, artifacts, and more. Bring quarters for the ride.
Mayfield Dairy – Tour the ice cream factory and taste the treats afterward.
Michael C Carlos Museum – Learn about ancient art from Greek and Rome, including an ancient Egyptian mummies exhibit.
Monkey Joes – Let your little monkeys jump till their heart’s content.
Monster Mini Golf – Looking to do some mini golf in the rain or cold? Try Monster Mini Golf, with glow-in-the-dark obstacles.
Movie Tavern – Grab a drink and meal….and a movie!
Ormsbys – This tavern is fine for kids before 8pm. They will love a burger along with shuffleboard, bocce ball, and other fun games.
Planetarium - Many of the planetariums in the area play videos for children.
Red Top Mountain - The visitor center at a Georgia State Park is always fun. There are maps, taxidermic animals, live animals, books, and all sorts of fun things to see.
REI - We can spend hours at REI (or Bass Pro Shops) roaming the aisles, and picking out "wish list" items for our next camping adventure. Some locations also have rock climbing walls, kid's sections, and more.
Rock Climbing - Speaking of rock climbing, why not try out a rock climbing gym? There are special harnesses for kids, classes, even party areas.
Roller Skating - In addition to skating fun, several roller rinks also have arcades and a few do toddler time where they let kids ride ons on the rink.
SkyZone - Jump, jump, jump to get the wiggles out
Southeastern Railway Museum - While many pieces of equipment are outside, there are a great number of pieces inside that the kids can explore. The gift shop is also fun for kids, with a small table with puzzles, and a train video playing most of the time.
Tellus Science Center - Space exhibits, planet a gemstone exhibits, and a dinosaur room. Plus gem mining and dino excavation for kids. Whew - a whole day of fun.
Tennessee Caverns - Tennessee has more caverns than any place in the US. Cumberland Caverns are just north of Chattanooga...not too far if you make a full day of it. When you're underground, the temp stays the same year-round and the rains don't matter!
Painted Pin – This is a bowling alley with some old school games.
Theatre for the Very Young - Professional performances for ages 18 months - 5 years old and their grown-ups.
Thrift Shop - This is a go-to rainy day activity for our family. We head straight to the book section and load up on new finds.
Tiny Towne - You little explorers can ride the tracks without a license!
Trampoline Parks - These are great places to get some exercise.
Westin Elevator - Parking is the trick here, but once you get through that hassle, a ride up the glass elevator a few dozen times is loads of fun!
Wild Birds Unlimited - Prepare for a sunny day by checking out the bird feeders, bird whistles, and more.
World of Coca Cola - Have a Coke and a smile....
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
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