I live in the country parts of Atlanta or what some would call the suburbs. We are far from the hustle and bustle of downtown life but we still want to know what there is to do on our side of town. Here are some of the things that my kids and I love to do that are not costly and a great way to save on gas and have a good time while meeting families that live in our own backyard.
Stonecrest Mall Play Area
We only have one mall that close to us and that’s Stonecrest mall located in Lithonia, Ga which is about 20 minutes from the Covington area. While you can shop until your heart is content, you can also bring your kids to the play area that is located in front of the Jcpenny store on the inside of the mall. The play area is free for the little ones and you can rest or just bring the kids for a good time and meet other parents. I have met 2 parents from the play area within the past year and we have become great friends.
Georgia International Horse Park
The Horse park is located in Conyers, Ga and has a lot of events that are open to the community. Not only can you enjoy some of the events but you can also ride horses and enjoy trails of greenery on any regular day the park is open. They have lots of fun activities for you to do especially during certain holiday seasons.
Monastery of the Holy Spirit
If you are looking to renew your spirit or just find some peace make sure you check out the Monastry located in Conyers, GA. This is home to Cistercian monks for over 65 years, and you can admire the beauty of Bonsai specimens all while gaining some peace of mind in the process.
Downtown Covington on the Square
Most Wednesday nights you will catch my family in downtown Covington catching the free concerts right after we eat at Amici’s where they have wings for 50 cents apiece. After we eat, we walk over to the square to enjoy the scenery and see what is going on. We also love to visit the shops in and around the square to support our local businesses.
I have no idea how to skate but that does not stop me from going to my local skating rink here in Conyers, Ga to enjoy seeing the kids try to skate. Make sure you check out their website for times and schedules .
Browns Mill Aquatic Center
Everyone loves the water when it starts getting hot. If you don’t want to make that drive to white water park then you can go to the water park in Dekalb County called Browns Mill Aquatic Center.
This fun water park is not only close to Conyers and Covington but it is reasonable.
Some tips they don’t allow food inside the park unless there is a party or reserved section. Go as soon as they open they are usually packed after 2 and it can get crowded. I would go in the weekday on a Tuesday or Wednesday. There are lifeguards on duty and there is a part for the little ones to splish splash also. For more information click here.
Covington Annual Downtown Spring Fling
If you love the outdoors and eating then in on April 25th from 6-9 you can enjoy some good food and music as Covington has its annual downtown spring fling. Different restaurants gather with food for you to taste and have a great time getting to know your community.
Parking is tricky so come early. Information for the Spring Fling can be found at their website here.
Turner Lake Park
When you want something cost effective the playground is a must. Newton County GA has many beautiful parks but one of the favorites is Turner Lake Park. This is a gem in Covington with walking trails, a playground for kids, and best of all a big fishing lake for you to fish from. This beautiful park is also a wonderful place for the photographer in you that’s bursting to get out. They have so many bridges and trails for you to get that perfect picture. Parking is plentiful and it’s a great way to get in some exercise on a cool summer evening. For more information click here.
Kita Bryant is an editor in chief of Kokoa Magazine. Originally from Charleston,SC but resides outside of Atlanta in the Conyers/Covington area, mother and wife to 2 kids with a love for reading and writing. In her spare time she loves to cook, travel, and learn. You can always contact her on Facebook www.facebook.com/kokoamagazine or on twitter @kokoamagazine
This post originally appeared on Atlanta With Kid, which is now 365 Atlanta Family.
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.