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Fun, free summer ideas for kids and families

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School's out for the summer. If you're looking for fun ideas to keep the kids entertained but won't break the bank, you're in luck. We've rounded up a list of activities happening all summer long from Atlanta to Athens. And the best part is, every single thing on this list is absolutely free!


Atlanta Monetary Museum

Money doesn't grow on trees. Take the kids to this museum at the Federal Reserve Bank to learn about the history of money. You can check out displays about bartering, see rare coins and currency, and how banking started in America.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Address: 1000 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta


BabyLand General Hospital

See the home of the Cabbage Patch Kids. Learn how the iconic doll got its start in the North Georgia Mountains. And witness Mother Cabbage give birth to a new Kid. Children are encouraged to bring their own Cabbage Patch Kids as well to tour the site.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 300 N.O.K. Dr., Cleveland


Brown Bag Concerts

Pack the picnic baskets and bring the little ones to the Historic Courthouse in downtown Lawrenceville. There will be free kid-friendly concerts on the lawn, crafts, face painting and more. The festivities take place on Friday June 6, July 11 and Aug. 1.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Address: 185 Crogan St., Lawrenceville


Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Explore nature's beauty by hiking along the park's 18 miles of trails. Learn about the battlefield's history with a guided walk. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, so there will be special activities at the end of June including living history demonstrations.

Hours: 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. daily

Address: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw


Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Find out more about the great civil rights leader. Visit the birthplace of Dr. King, Ebenezer Baptist Church where he served as pastor and the final resting place of Dr. and Mrs. King. Be sure to also check out the King Center and see historical items and images from the civil rights movement.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Address: 450 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta


Memorial Park and Bear Hollow Zoo

Go to where the wild things are! Check out animals native to Georgia. You can see bears, bobcats, beavers and more. There are also special programs on the weekends where children can interact with the creatures. And take a stroll on the mile-long Birchmore Nature Trail.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Address: 293 Gran Ellen Dr., Athens


The Sencer CDC Museum

The Center of Disease Control has a museum that's free and open to the public. You can learn things like how CDC scientists use technology to solve mystery diseases, see tools used in disease prevention from over the years and even check out artwork from CDC magazine covers and photographers on assignment for the agency.

Hours: Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Address: 1600 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta


The Tot Spot at Atlantic Station

Every Tuesday morning through September, enjoy fun music and activities for the little ones at Atlantic Station's Central Park.

Hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., through Sept. 30

Address: 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta


Woodruff Park Reading Room

Enjoy an open-air reading room in the heart of Atlanta. Thanks to a partnership with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, park patrons can peruse all kinds of books, magazines and more in the northern section of Woodruff Park. There are even readings and other programs at lunchtime. And you can relax on the movable furniture. It's free for everyone - with or without a library card.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April through October.

Address: Woodruff Park, Peachtree Street between Edgewood Avenue and Auburn Avenue, Atlanta


Your Local Library

Check out more than just books at your neighborhood library. For instance, DeKalb County Public Library is showing free movies - like Frozen and Despicable Me 2 for free. Kids can also take part in arts and crafts activities, see science shows and, of course, storytelling. There are activities for children of all ages from babies to teens.





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