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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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