Thursday, August 6, 2009

Kiddie FUN!

Where did the summer go? if you're like me we love the summer! it gives parents time to relax after the hustle of the school year and allows school kids to relax, cut loose and let some air blow thru their ears as they enjoy summer know i'm old school about play..i believe kids gotta have it..and that does not include inside gaming activities…if it’s raining, Wii is cool…. but go outside! And because we don't have a backyard and due to urban living we have very little greenspace for our kids to run and my solution is i ride out! my tot and i have covered the city in search of the very best kiddie as a salute to the disappearing days of summer try to hit as many of these places as possible before the cool of fall hits and you can’t hang out during the day…eating ice cream and letting it dribble down your chin? Priceless! Lol…remember i have separate posts for "Adventures for Big Kids" "Aquatic Adventures" and "Jumpy places" to focus on these extra fun experiences..but for the smaller kids here's my picks:

Outdoor fun:

American Adventures
All day fun appropriately tot sized. Bring your walking shoes

Six Flags - Thomas Town
It can be a snooze unless you combine with the other fun stuff on the park like Skull Island..

Dixieland Fun Park - Fayetteville
Just enough to get the little ones out and running around and enjoying being outside and the few rides..for the real fun retire inside to the indoor climbing structure, get a hotdog and watch your kiddie go wild with the other little rascals

Yellow River Game Ranch
Your tot will LOVE the cute little animals that are so tame and will let you pet them…

Zoo Atlanta

Wild animal Safari- Pine Mountain
Is there anything better than seeing real live animals in their natural habitat, all the while you are behind the comforting plate glass of a moving bus? Lol…go! It’s amazing..I haven’t had more fun since Disneyworld’s Animal Kingdom

Outdoor Playgrounds

Centennial Park's playground - play in the fountains! * Brook Run Park *Dresden Park *Holcomb Bridge *Tanglewood Park - Canton*Mayor’s Grove Playground at Piedmont Park

Aquatic Centers

Mountain Park Aquatic Center 1063 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain 7770.564.4650 Super cool outdoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry, two giant waterslides, river channel, bubble bench, vortex, and water play structures.

Browns Mill Aquatics Center 4929 Browns Mill Rd Lithonia This sparkling new attraction has several neat features including aTot Pool, Lazy River and Leisure Pool

Lenora Pool 4515 Lenora Church Road Snellville 770.982.5309 Outdoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry, a giant waterslide, river channel, and water play structures.

West Gwinnett Park & Aquatic Center 4488 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Norcross 770.417.2281 Outdoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry, two giant waterslides, river channel, bubble bench, vortex, spray bar, and water play structures.

Indoor activities – for rainy days:
Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW 404.659.KIDS (5437)

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) - Gainesville 999 Chestnut Street 770-536-1900

Maxx Fun Family Entertainment Center 1100 Shannon Mall, Union City. 770-774-9500.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta 404-929-6300

Indoor playgrounds
The Mall at Stonecrest • Discover Mills • Mall of Georgia• Arbor Place Mall • North Point Mall

Jumpy Places

Jumping Jeronimo! 770-552-2772
1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Ste. 240, Roswell

Jumpin’ Jamboree
2534 Royal Place, Ste. E, Tucker 770-496-1200

Monkey Joe’s

Leapin Lizards Fun and Party Center 185 Sams Street Decatur Georgia 30030 404) 371-9700
Decatur’s brand new indoor play and party center featuring over 10,000 square foot of bouncing inflatables, giant slides, obstacle courses, toddler exploration area, concessions, two large private party rooms, free WI-FI and computer access.

The Jumping Bean 504 Amsterdam Avenue Amsterdam Walk Atlanta GA 404.897.3646
A clean, colorful bounce house in midtown offers a nice alternative to the bigger chains. Very well suited to smaller kids.

Bounce-n-Bob’s 404-634-4964
1936 Briarwood Ct. (I-85 and Clairmont), Atlanta

IKEA (you can check your baby into the playroom for 90 minutes to play while you shop in Atlantic station or within the store)

For the Wee Ones:
Little Gym
various locations in the area

Gymboree various locations in the area

Imagine-It - the Children's Museum by Centennial Park has a special section for really young kids. It's back behind the water section. It has a variety of fun things, safe and clean.

Atlanta Kids Zone Call the Director as there is a nominal per hour charge to come play at their indoor playground in the evenings.

Stonecrest Mall (I-20 exit Turner Hill Rd) has an indoor play area in front of JCPenny's. It is all padded and mostly enclosed. It can get pretty crowded with bigger kids on the weekend though. There is also a train for a few dollars that drives around the mall - very fun!

Leapin Lizards has a separate section for 3 and under...

Northpoint Mall in Alpharetta. they have a great soft play area. it's best to go early in the day.