Fun Summer Activities

So there is an awesome mom out there who sends a list of fun things to do in Atlanta during the summer.  I wanted to do my own list, so the kids and I could take advantage of all the fun things to do on this side of Atlanta as well as the other parts of the city.  I have tried to compile a list of fun summer activities for people who live in the Gwinnett County area. Not everything I have listed is in the county though. For me, it’s easier to go down I-85 than across to Roswell. That being said, I’ve picked activities from Gainesville to Decatur, Virginia Highlands all the way to the zoo. Send this to anyone you think may enjoy it! I hope everyone has a great summer!

Lingual Kids

Spanish Storytime every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Midtown!

Free and Fun for everyone!

1385 Spring St. * Atanta, GA

Zoo Atlanta

· July: Animals in Action – Run, hop, or jump to the Zoo to discover all the different ways that animals move. (Series start July 6 & 12)

· AugustAnimal Appetites – Would you have dinner with an elephant? Do you eat the same foods as a tiger? Discover what different animals eat and see which ones like your favorite foods. (Series start August 9 & 10)

· Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays or Wednesdays

Fernbank

Hot Dog Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, June 1-August 3
We are giving new meaning to “dog days of summer.” Receive a free hot dog from The Fernbank Café with each Museum ticket. Consider it fuel for your family fun.

Mythic Mondays
Monday, May 30, June 6, June 20, July 11, July 25, August 1 and September 5
In celebration of the blockbuster special exhibition, Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids, we’ll be giving away a mythical prize to the first 250 kids to enter the Museum.*

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Storybook Time

Wednesdays, April – October
10:30 – 11 a.m.

Listen to stories about bees, butterflies, frogs and flowers. Meet in the Children’s Garden Amphitheater weather permitting or in the Turner Broadcasting Garden Theater during inclement weather. Storybook Time is for children accompanied by an adult.

Mall if Georgia $1 Movies

6/14-6/15 (10am)

DESPICABLE ME

MARMADUKE

6/21-6/22 (10am)

PIRATES WHO DON’T DO ANYTHING

SHREK FOREVER AFTER

6/28-6/29 (10am)

BEE MOVIE

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

7/5-7/6 (10am)

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

SHREK THE THIRD

7/12-7/13 (10am)

KUNG FU PANDA

TALE OF DESPEREAUX

7/19-7/20 (10am)

MADAGASCAR 2

RAMONA & BEEZUS

7/26-7/27 (10am)

BARNYARD

YOGI BEAR

8/2-8/3 (10am)

ALPHA AND OMEGA

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Center for Puppetry Arts

Jack & the Beanstalk
By All Hands Productions of Atlanta, GA
May 31 – June 12, 2011
What happens when you combine some magic beans, a beanstalk, a giant, and a host of characters from OTHER favorite fairytales?

Cinderella Della Circus
Adapted and Directed by Jon Ludwig
June 16 – July 17, 2011
Previews: June 14 & 15 – 10am & 12pm
Back by popular demand, this high-flying adaptation has something for everyone — trick marionettes, circus animals, space travel, Jules Verne, and even a moon monster!

Aurora Theatre on the Square in Lawrenceville

Drippy’s Daring Adventure
performed by Barry Stewart Mann
Wednesday June 15

10:00 & 11:30 AM

Come on in – the water’s warm!

Drippy is just your average drop of water — which means he moves and changes and goes on amazing adventures. Lucky for him, his travels have taken him through some wonderful stories: flowing through the colorful world of Denise Fleming’s In the Small, Small Pond; floating down on the magical Snowy Day in Ezra Jack Keats’ classic; visiting the ocean floor with Eric Carle’s house-building Hermit Crab and Mr. Seahorse; and swimming along with Marcus Pfister’s Rainbow Fish as he learns the importance of sharing. These stories, along with several songs and poems, are presented with plenty of colorful props, puppetry, scenery, and audience participation.

Wish Tales
performed by Piccadilly Puppets
Wednesday
June 22 10:00 & 11:30 AM

Whether it is a shooting star, coin a fountain or blowing out the candles on your birthday cake, we have all felt the possibility and joy held in a wish. It is no surprise that in almost every culture there seems to be great stories about wishes and their consequences. In Wish Tales, through the magical art of puppetry, children will experience three such stories: The Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale The Frog Prince, the African folk story The Knee High Man and Atlanta’s own Rosemary Glenn’s Little Orphan Animal.

Music Around the World

performed by Scott Douglas
Wednesday June 29

10:00 & 11:30 AM

Music Around the World is a musical journey featuring over 300 instruments from China, Africa,
Latin, America, Europe and Australia. This performance will provide children with a hands on musical experience. Scott will perform music on his accordion, drums, steel drums, didgeridoo and flutes.

Southeastern Railway Museum

Second Thursday Preschool Program

10:30 AM-12:00 noon
The Second Thursday of Each Month

All Aboard the Southeastern Railway Museum’s Preschool Program! The second Thursday of each month the Southeastern Railway museum will present a new program for children ages 1-4. The program will include circle time, songs, activities, and a craft. When possible, children will get to climb on board the featured vehicle of the month. The cost is $7 per participating child. One adult is free per family. You do not need to sign-up for the program. To attend, check-in at the ticket counter by 10:20 AM on the second Thursday of any month. We can’t wait to see you there.

· Jun 9 – Hot Air Balloons – hoping hot air balloon

· July 14 –

· Aug 11 – Tractors

· Sep 8 – TBA

Norcross Farmer’s Market

June 7 – Free Kids Crafts

June 14 – Free kids crafts and ICE CREAM SOCIAL, free ice cream sponored by Norcross Neighbors Association

June 21 – Free Kids Crafts

June 28 – Free Kids Crafts

July 5 – Kids get to be reporters and learn about their favorite market vendors. Sponsored by patch.com, an online news source

July 12 – Exotic Animals! From 5pm – 6pm, come pet a baby kangaroo, meet a lemur…who kows what delightful animals from around the world you’ll get to meet at this fun event, hosted by Wildlife Wonders

July 19 – Kids crafts activity hosted by Norcoss United Methodist Church

July 26 – Storytelling

August 2 – Kids crafts activity hosted by Norcoss United Methodist Church

City of Duluth

Brown Bag Lunch Series

“Pack a picnic and join us on our beautiful Town Green on the below Thursday’s from Noon to 1 pm for FREE lunchtime shows!”

June 16
Atlanta Puppet presents “Wet and Wild Fun Puppet Show”!
Master Puppeteer Peter Hart presents professional puppet shows featuring international marionettes and other puppetry styles that are superior entertainment for family audiences.
Visit www.atlantapuppet.com for more info.

June 30
Magic Debbie presents “Interactive Comedy Magic & Mindreading”!
Her show will dazzle, delight, and mystify attendees of all ages. Debbie has entertained children of all ages including President George H.W. Bush. We guarantee you will laugh, relax, and be amazed by her colorful, interactive comedy magical illusions.
Visit www.magicdebbie.com for more info.

July 14
Craver presents “Upbeat Party Rock Concert”!
This local Atlanta solo-performer will have you on your feet with upbeat party rock from the 50s – today.
Visit www.Craver.org for more info

July 28
Ron Anglin presents “Quite A Catch, Comic & Educational Juggling”!
Ron is still “having a ball!” Now in his 12th year as a full-time performer, Ron juggles and entertains audiences with his act “Quite a Catch!” Don’t miss this dynamic performance. Visit www.quiteacatch.net for more info.

Gwinnett Braves

No morning games until August 23

High Museum of Art

Toddler Thursdays

Just when you thought Toddler Thursday couldn’t get any better…surprise! In 2011 we’ll devote each week to a new theme. Bring your tot each Thursday for a new way of looking at the High’s collection through letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. No registration required.
June Toddler Thursday Activities:
June 2: Very Vegetable – Today’s letter is V: You won’t have to eat all your vegetables before you have fun in the workshop today. We’ll be using veggies to make interesting prints. What sort of shape do you think celery will make?
June 9: Wonderful Wedding – Today’s letter is W: What’s a Gooster? Find out by coming to the workshop today. Make sure you pack your creativity and imagination for your trip to the Museum.
June 16: X Marks the Spot – Today’s letter is X: Practice making the letter X in your free time because you’ll be using paint and construction paper to mark whatever spot you like with an X today.
June 23: Yoruba Artist – Today’s letter is Y: If you’ve been feeling the summer heat, visit us to make something to help cool you down. After seeing Yoruba artists’ work in the galleries, use that inspiration to make a beautiful fan.
June 30: Zippy Jazz Bowl – Today’s letter is Z: It’s official! We’ve made it through the entire alphabet. Celebrate with us by making a zippy clay tile.

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

Scales, Snails and Turtle Tales – (6/6 – 6/24)

Don’t let these weeks pass you by. Come hear tales of your favorite reptiles and amphibians, and meet some special guests. We will unlock the secrets of these animals through stories, games, and animal crafts.

Dancing Dragonfly – (6/27 – 7/15)

Clocking speeds at 36 miles per hour, dragonflies are pretty fast for a group of insects that are 300 million years old. Be a part of the dragonfly delight as we literally look through the eyes of a dragonfly, craft our own, and see if we could survive a day in the life of a dragonfly.

Brilliant Butterflies – (7/18 – 8/5)

Did you know more than 160 kinds of butterflies have been found in Georgia? Join us in our new pollinator garden to explore the diversity of butterflies, play games, and make butterfly crafts.

Gwinnett County Resident discount: $6 per child / $8 per adult
Regular Price: $8 per child / $11 per adult

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Story Time by the River – Children Ages 3-5

Reading and nature is a natural fit! Come bring your child out for nature story time! Our volunteers will read stories, make crafts, and sing songs all about the out of doors! Check out the latest in nature books for children!

Offered the first Wednesday of every month

Additional Summer Dates! Also offered the third Wednesday of each month for June, July, and August!

Pee-Wee Naturalists Summer Series for Children Ages 3 – 4
Tuesdays, June 7, July 12, August 9, 9:45 – 11:00 AM
It’s summer and a GREAT time to get your little one outside and connected to nature. Join in with one of our classes to bring the outdoors to life for your child. Join a CNC naturalist and explore nature through animal presentations, art projects, and natural world investigations, including trail walks and interactive activities. We have LOTS of fun in store:

· June 7 – The Many Shapes That Nature TakesExplore the amazing patterns found in nature

· July 12 – Buggin’ Out - Kids will become Insect Investigators as they prowl through the nature center looking for buggy clues

· August 9 – Turtle Tales - Get to know the turtles of Georgia, up-close and personal

$50 General Public/$40 CNC Members

Gwinnett Historic Courthouse

Brown Bag Concert – 6/3/11 at 10:30 am – 1 pm
Pack a sack lunch and blanket, bring the kids and enjoy the sounds of Havana Son for the first in our concert series. Enjoy fun music, cool crafts, face painting and crazy hair! Vendors wishing to showcase their business and meet potential customers, call for for sponsorship opportunities. Free fun event!

Brown Bag Concert – 7/8/11 at 10:30 am – 1 pm
Pack a sack lunch and blanket and bring the kids to see Scott Douglas Steel Drums on the Historic Courthouse lawn. Enjoy fun music, cool crafts, face painting and crazy hair! Vendors wishing to showcase their business and meet potential customers. Free fun event! Phone: 770-822-5450 – Address: Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 East Crogan St, Lawrenceville, GA

Decatur

Little Shop of Stories

133 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030United States

404.373.6300

Little Shop does Storytime three times a week. Storytime usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the restlessness of the crowd. Thursday evening features milk and cookies. Come in your pajamas!

storytimes: tuesday at 11am, thursday at 7pm, sunday at 3pm

Mall of Georgia

Barnes and Noble storytime every Thursday at 11:00am

The Fountains

The Carousel

The kids play area inside the mall

Yellow River Game Ranch

7 days week
Open 10:00 AM
last ticket sold at 5:00 PM
Close at 6:00 PM **

Admission*

 

12 Years and Up: $8.00

 

Ages 2 to 11: $7.00

2 and under are free

Gwinnett County Public Libraries

(I only put the Suwanee info in)

Suwanee

June 7th Suwanee Puppet Show

2:00 pm

June 14th Suwanee Preschool Storytime, ages 2-5 & School Age Program, ages 6-10 11:00 am

June 17th Suwanee Toddler Time, ages 2 and under

10:30 am Suwanee Toddler Time, ages 2 and under 11:30 am

June 21 Suwanee Preschool Storytime, ages 2-5 & School Age Program, ages 6-10 11:00 am

June 24 Suwanee Toddler Time, ages 2 and under

10:30 am Suwanee Toddler Time, ages 2 and under 11:30 am

June 27 Suwanee Special Event: Musician Darren Liebman

1:30 pm

June 28 Suwanee Preschool Storytime, ages 2-5 & School Age Program, ages 6-10 11:00 am

July1 Suwanee Toddler Time ages 2 and under 10:30 and 11:30

July 5 Movie: Madeline 11:00

July 12 Puppet Show 11:00am

July 25 Suwanee Finale: Magician Ken Scott 10:30

July 28 Suwanee Finale: Magician Ken Scott 4:00

July 29 Suwanee Finale: Magician Ken Scott 1:30

For one other fun adventure, take the kids to a Super H Mart, pick out some different fruits and veggies, then go home and cook together!

U-Pick Farms

Cool Springs Farm

5975 Smith Mill Road

Gainesville, GA

770-480-8085

Blueberries June-August

Call to make sure they are open

Warbington Farms Cumming

Strawberries May and June

770-380-2920

They also have….

Farm Storytime

Warbington Farms is proud to present our summer story-time on the farm programs. Come out and bring the children to a “day on the farm” and enjoy farm themed stories, songs and crafts. We will board the “hey”ride and tell stories and sing songs in the pasture. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lunch in the country. Spaces are limited so reserve your spot today. Price includes “hey”ride, stories, craft, and petting zoo. Contact Delana at 404-983-6945 or delana@warbingtonfarms.com for more information and for reservations. The “hey” wagon will depart at 11 am on each day. Please arrive ten minutes before to register and board the wagon.

Price: $4 per ticket (book two dates and get a $1 off each ticket)

Dates:

Monday June 6th

Friday June 10th

Monday June 13th

Monday June 27th

*There will be different stories, songs, and crafts on each date.

The Dacula Briarpatch

apples, blackberries, blueberries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, eggplant, figs, muscadine grapes, onions, pecans , peppers, persimmons, plums, summer squash, Honey from hives on the farm, U-pick and already picked, restrooms, picnic area, school tours
2503 Cammie Wages Road, Dacula, GA 30019. Phone: 770-962-4990.

Open: Tuesday through Saturday 8am to 7pm. Cash or check only

Rancho Alegre Farm

blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, figs, flowers, gooseberries, grapes, herbs/spices, muscadine grapes, other berries, peppers, raspberries (red), raspberries (Spring, red), raspberries (Autumn, red), tomatoes, other vegetables, Honey from hives on the farm, Fresh eggs, U-pick and already picked, restrooms, picnic area, Bouncy castle, pony rides, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, weddings and wedding parties, school tours
2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019. Phone: 770-339-3065. Email: contact@ranchoalegrefarm.com. Open: Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday evening, from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm Saturday, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Washington Farms

strawberries and blackberries
Two locations:
3650 Loganville Hwy., Loganville, GA 30052, 770-554-8119 (On the corner of Ga. 20 and Willow Wind Road between Loganville and Lawrenceville).
5691 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville, GA 30607, 706-769-0627, 770-554-8119.
Strawberries (Mid-Apr. to Mid-June), Blackberries (June-Aug.) Open: Monday to Saturday, 8am – 8pm ALWAYS CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. Call before driving out to make sure we’re open & for current picking conditions. We provide 1 gallon buckets for you to pick in. You may keep the picking bucket for $1 and bring it back again to pick in or you may bring a container from home to transfer your berries into. We also offer pumpkins, a corn maze, and lots of fun in the fall!

Discover Mills

There are numerous things to do at Discover Mills. They all do cost $$ though.

Pottery Painting

Indoor Putt-Putt

Movie Theater (with the kids’ $1 movies on certain days also)

Small Inflatables Jump Place

Carousel

Kids’ Train

Stone Mountain Park

DATES: May 28-August 7 2011
LOCATION: Crossroads
TIME: 10am-8pm; Lasershow 9:30pm
When we say there’s always something happening at Stone Mountain Park, we mean it. Summer at the Rock offers amazing ways to enjoy your not-so-lazy days. Whether you’re visiting Atlanta from out of town or if you’re just looking for some family-friendly activities to enjoy, your visit to the park will be a memorable one. And since Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s number one attraction, it is the perfect place to bring your out-of-town guests this summer.
Along with the special summer activities, experience all the exciting Stone Mountain Park attractions. Challenge yourself on Sky Hike, the nation’s largest family adventure course – a quarter mile of suspended bridges, ropes and climbing nets. Go on some picnic-nabbing capers at the all-new YOGI BEAR 4-D Adventure.

Summer at the Rock wouldn’t be complete without some live entertainment. From an award-winning magician to a wildlife show, there is something for every member of your family. Check out the entertainment schedule here.

For one price, you can enjoy Sky Hike and the Yogi Bear movie as well as Stone Mountain Park’s many other attractions like the Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, Mini-Golf, the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard.

Catch Air John Creek

This is one of the most fun places for kids to run and play. They open at 10:00 every morning. You can bring your lunch to eat between 11:00 and 1:00 daily. They also sell Chick-fil-a and Papa Johns pizza along with a wide variety of drinks and snacks. “Like” them on Facebook, and you can get the discount word of the day for 25% off

Kidventures

If you want some unique preplanned fun, go check out www.kidventuresatlanta.com They have some of the best, affordable activities throughout the summer. These include going to Chamberlain’s Chocolate Factory, a tour of Turner Field, a tour and personal pizza at California Pizza Kitchen, going to firehouses, and numerous other activities! If you go on one of these, I’ll most likely be there with my three!

Ice Cream

http://www.frostycaboose.com/index.htm in Chamblee

Yogli Mogli Suwanee Town Center Park

Rita’s Ice Suwanee Suwanee Town Center Park

Yogurt Mountain Johns Creek

Bruster’s tons are around

Paolo’s Gelato in Virginia Highland

1025 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

Ben and Jerry’s Virginia Highland

Restaurants

Doc Chey’s Noodle Restaurant in Virginia Highland

Mellow Mushroom

Rexall in Duluth is open for breakfast and lunch

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Chick-fil-a

Z’s Pizza in Johns Creek

Red Robin (Cumming or Snellville)

Dutch Monkey Doughnuts in Cumming

Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Fellini’s Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen

The Varsity

Whole Foods (Yes! You can eat there!)

Johnny Rockets

There are so many fun things to do. I’m honestly a little shocked! I hope this gives someone a little help! Happy Summer!!!

Ginny