Looking for fun things to do in winter? We’ve got you covered with tons and tons of ideas for your family. We’re offering everything from how to get active to how to chill out. We’ve got great ideas for curing the munchies and the best vacation destinations to embrace (or avoid) the snow. Here are 52 of our favorite ways to wait out winter. What about you?
Active Fun in Winter
Urban Jungle – Kids will love 4,600 sq ft of laser tag fun, plus rock climbing, a video arcade and more.
Indoor waterpark – You can go swimming, even when it’s cold outside. Head to one of three Atlanta options: Bethesda Water Park in Lawrenceville, Bogan Park in Buford or South Cobb Aquatic Center in Austell.
Andretti – Visit the Roswell or Marietta locations of Andretti Indoor Karting & Games. Try go-karting, play one of the many arcade games, use the climbing wall and try out the rope course. The food at the restaurant at Andretti is fantastic too!
Roller Skating – Spend your weekend having fun with Family Skate at Cascade Fun Center, or several other places around town.
Winter Hikes – Bundle up and head outside. Winter offers some of the best views while hiking.
Snow Mountain – From snowman building to snowball shooting, tubing to togetherness, enjoy all the moments that will make for the perfect snow day. Open until the end of February. DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE
Volunteer – After the holidays are over, many of Atlanta’s families in need feel the most alone and afraid. NOW is the time they need you. Follow our link for multiple ways to help around the city.
Tiny Towne – Kids driving you crazy? Let them take the wheel while you grab a snack and relax.
Indoor Playground – HippoHop, Leapin Lizards and more will let your kids jump jump jump out their pent up energy. You can also hit up the mall playgrounds at Cumberland Mall, Town Center Mall or North Point Mall. Also, fast food restaurants like Chick fil A are a very economical way for small kids to get their play on.
INK – Imagine a town, with a post office, pizza joint, court house and more…all pint size and perfect for kids.
Your Backyard – We’ve put together a list of 52 ways to play outside in the cold (for free or cheap) right in your own back yard…and none require snow!
Ice Skating – Many of the ice skating rinks around town are open well into winter. Get outside and enjoy them!
X-drenaline – This Marietta-based trampoline park has everything kids need to jump to their heart’s desire. It also has super comfortable chairs, free wi-fi, and great deals too! DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE
Arts & Entertainment During Winter
Theatre for the Very Young – This children’s theatre is for kiddos 18mo – 5 years, and is a favorite in our family.
Broadway in Atlanta – Broadway in Atlanta is not just for date night. Upcoming shows include The Lion King, Stomp and more that kids will love.
See a Show – There are a number of shows happening in Atlanta all the time, and we’ve got your discount tickets here.
Lunch and a Movie – Treat the kids to a movie at one of the lavish theaters around town that serve fries with you flick. Cinebistro, Movie Tavern and Studio Movie Grill are our family go-to locations. OR, lunch at home and hit one of these dollar theaters.
Planetarium – Many of the planetariums around town offer shows for kids, especially during the day. My little guys love the Sesame Street-themed shows. Try Tellus Museum and others for showtimes.
Escape Games – Escape games are the newest thrill in town, from Escape the Room, Mission Escape, Paranoia Quest and others, each is great fun for your tween or teen. DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE
PYO Pottery – When my son was young, we made a point of doing this once a quarter so that he could see improvement in is work. We made gifts for everyone on our list!
Museums to Visit in Winter
Booth Western Art Museum – Booth houses the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the country. For $2 extra you can get the kids’ audio tour.
Michael C Carlos Museum – Always wonderful children’s programming here, but my boys are suckers for the mummy exhibits.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta – Think you’ve been before? The museum was revamped last year and it’s better than ever.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History – You can explore the exhibits or take in an IMAX movie. We always leave NatureQuest for last because it’s a chore to drag the boys out – they love it! DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE
Marietta Fire Museum – Don’t forget to get your parking validated. It will be free (instead of $20.) Fire trucks, memorabilia and more.
High Museum – We love the Greene Family Playroom, Toddler Thursdays, weekend programming and the Discovery Backpack program. Painter and the Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan is the newest exhibit perfect for families.
Tellus Museum – It’s a dinosaur museum, a transportation museum and a mineral museum. Don’t miss the gem mining and dino dig…great for kids.
Carter Library and Museum – There are beautiful exhibits here, both traveling and permanent. The best part? Seeing the full-scale replica of Carter’s oval office. Children aged 16 and under are free! Visitors over 16 must pay $8 admission ($6 for seniors).
Expedition Bigfoot – If you’re not already a believer in Bigfoot, you will be after visiting this museum!
Attractions for Winter Fun
Zoo Atlanta – It might sound like a crazy winter idea, but if you bundle up you can enjoy smaller crowds and more access to the animals.
Game-X – Mom and Dad will love a great meal and the two full bars at this downtown gaming center near Centennial Park. Kids will love the arcade with over 60 games- throwbacks like Pong 180 and modern favorites like Temple Run. (21+ after 9pm on weekends.)
Atlanta History Center – We love exploring the exhibits at AHC, but especially love Magic Mondays for toddlers. One of the best in-town programs for kids.
Wrens Nest – Visit every Saturday at 1pm for storytelling time. Take a tour of the house and learn more about Joel Candler Harris (Uncle Remus.)
World of Coca Cola – Visit the secret formula vault, take in a 4D movie, pose with the Coke Polar Bear or try a tasting of 100+ coke products.
Georgia Aquarium – See the dolphins practicing for the upcoming new show in March, go behind the scenes, try Toddler Time or just wander the halls seeing all sorts of marine magic. DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE
Center for Puppetry Arts – Take in a wonderful puppet show, make a puppet to take home and enjoy the newly renovated puppet museum.
Ikea – You know you can escape the cold and redesign the living room, right? Ikea has family restrooms, a kids menu in the restaurant, family parking, play areas throughout the store and free supervised play for your kiddos for up to an hour!
College Football Hall of Fame – Explore the exhibits with personalized RFID technology. Don’t miss the panoramic theater and trying to kick your own field goal. You don’t have to be a football fan to love this place! DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE
Good Eats and Winter Treats
Young Chef’s Academy – Weekly classes teach kids as young as 3 and up thru teens. Master Chef in the making? Try the Chef’s Club Membership to save.
Donuts – Donuts and cocoa? YES please! Take a tasting tour, visit a new one each week or find a favorite. Some of our choices include Dutch Monkey, Sublime, Revolution and the ubiquitous choice – Krispy Kreme.
Coffee or Tea – When it’s cold, we love a visit to Dr. Bombay’s to snuggle and read, or to Hodgepodge Coffee for some playtime or Art Attack fun.
Souper Jenny – What’s better for you in winter than a big bowl of soup? There are four locations across town to drink in the warmth – including Atlanta History Center.
Cupcakes – You know calories don’t count when it’s cold, right? Time to go on a cupcake tour. Try Cami Cakes, Piece of Cake, Sugar Shack or any number of other places around the city.
Beech Mountain – We adore Beech Mountain. It’s a great escape, perfect for the weekend and an ideal place to teach your kiddos to ski.
Indoor pool – What about a winter staycation at a hotel with an indoor pool? Our favorite is Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, but JW Marriott and Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta are close runners up.
Great Wolf Lodge – If an indoor waterpark sounds like the ideal winter vacation, then head to Great Wolf Lodge for the ultimate kiddo experience. We’ve got three posts of tips for your planning pleasure. Starting May 31, 2018, Georgians won’t have to leave the state to visit this indoor waterpark. Great Wolf Lodge is opening their newest location in LaGrange!
Legoland Florida – If you’d rather leave the cold behind, then take a trip south to Legoland Florida. There are two resort hotels and both are amazing for kids AND adults!
Swim with a Manatee – Winter is the time of year that families can enjoy this in Florida. Is this your year?
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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.