Sunday, March 2, 2014

Springtime in #Atlanta: Favorite family activities

Springtime is trying to show its face in Atlanta! The daffodils and cherry trees are blooming and for the first time in a while, we have a very sunny weekend with temperatures near 70 degrees! This is the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy what Atlanta has to offer.

Now that we are a family with a baby again, we have a few specific places we like to enjoy family fun time together.

Three favorite outdoor Atlanta activities for small children...

Parks and playgrounds
We are so lucky to have a city with tons of park spaces! We enjoy short, easy hikes in the woods, picnics, and burning off energy on one of many area playgrounds. Three of our favorite north suburban playgrounds? Swift Cantrell park in Kennesaw, East Roswell park in Roswell, and East Cobb park in Marietta.  Swift Cantrell boasts two huge play structures for two age groups, a dog run, walking trails, and the brand new skateboard park. East Roswell offers disc golf, playgrounds, and (when it's warmer) spraygrounds where kids can play and get wet for only $1. East Cobb park has two playground areas, walking trails near water, and really nice pavilions for party rentals. We had Amelia's third birthday there a few years ago!

Atlanta Botanical Garden
I have mentioned the Atlanta Botanical Garden before. It really is our favorite Atlanta attraction when we just want a leisurely day outdoors. Amelia loves the children's garden and the "jungle house", and I always smile when strolling through the gorgeous orchid house. And this year, Imaginary Worlds returns with some new amazing plant creatures!

Zoo Atlanta
Spring is a lovely time to visit Zoo Atlanta! And now we have something really exciting: the country's only TWIN baby pandas! Mei Lun and Mei Huan are now out on exhibit. As is the baby black rhino who was born in the zoo last August 2013.

And finally, I will add a fourth. What if it is a rainy day? We have recently discovered our love of the Alliance Theater. They have special shows for children in their Theater for the Very Young series. These shows are specifically designed for preschoolers and we had a blast with Amelia in the past!(Granted, Andrew will have to wait a couple years for this activity.) And this spring, the Alliance is showing a special family edition of Shrek the Musical through March 16, 2013. March 8th is a special family festival day as well - plan to go out and have some fun there for the FAMILIES Centerstage event!

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