Fun, free (and cheap) things for a family to do in Atlanta

Finding affordable ways to keep your growing family entertained can be quite the challenge. Check out this list of fun, free and cheap family activities in the Atlanta area:

dsc09461Georgia Aquarium

Did you know you can get a free admission to the amazing Georgia Aquarium on your birthday? For adults that a savings of $34.95 and for kids a savings of $28.95. And why not combine this offer with some of the other free offers to follow to make for one amazing happy birthday!

dsc09041Zoo Atlanta

Did you know you can get a free pass for your entire family to visit Zoo Atlanta? All you need is a valid library card to take advantage of this offer. Simply visit your local library and check out the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass. You will be required to watch a short video about the history of the zoo and when you return the video you will be given a free family pass to the zoo. That’s a savings of $21.99 per adult and $16.99 per child! And that’s not the only free pass you can check out while at your local library.

Georgia State Parks Pass

Georgia has a great variety of state parks and if you have a valid library card you can check out a Georgia State Parks Annual ParkPass and an individual Historic Sites Visitors Pass for up to 7 days. Thus you could take a driving tour of Georgia’s state parks and not pay a dime to see any of them. Check with your local library about availability of the free ParkPass.

Passport to Puppetry

While at the library you can also check out the Passport to Puppetry which gets you free admission to the Center for Puppetry Arts’ museum. Of course, the main reason to go to the center is to see one of their fabulous puppet shows. The Passport even gives you a 25% discount for your show admission. And if you’ve never seen one of these shows be prepared to be absolutely amazed!

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain is one of the most visited parks in Georgia. You can get a free admission for your child each Friday from August 9-30 with the purchase of a full price adult admission.

Home Depot Kids Workshop

All year long Home Depot offers a Kids Worshop where kids get to build a simple wooden toy and learn important skills while having fun. These projects tend to be movie-themed. So far this summer kids have built projects inspired by Despicable Me 2. Check your local Home Depot for dates and times.

Lowes Build and Grow

All summer long Lowes has hosted its free Build-and-Grow workshops for kids. These simple but challenging projects are designed to teach kids basic skills such as following directions and using a hammer. Like Home Depot, these workshops tend to be movie-inspired. So far this summer the projects have included two Monsters University-inspired projects, two Toy Story-inspired projects, and a Planes inspired project. Check your local Lowes for dates and times

Jo-Ann’s Simple Sunday “Make It-Take It”

Jo-Ann’s fabric and crafts stores offer free crafting sessions for your kids on various Sunday’s every month. These Simple Sunday craft sessions include a “make it-take it” craft to be made by your little one to take home and enjoy.

Michaels Kids Club

Every Saturday the arts and crafts store, Michael’s, hosts its Kids Club. For $2 your child can make a simple craft and take it home. What better way to start your Saturday.