Moving to a big city with a family can be a little intimidating. Thankfully, Atlanta’s southern hospitality and charm extends to the youngest members of the community, too. There are plenty of things for kids to do in Atlanta as you search for, or settle into, your new home.
Last spring, the Atlanta Sun Times shared research that helps direct new families to the best parts of Atlanta to raise children. The list was created by evaluating items important to families, including public school standardized testing performance, the percentage of homeowners, levels of education among the residents and the ease of the commute to the city. The highest ranking neighborhoods were North Buckhead, which received a Family Score of 72.3 and a school rating of 4.59 out of 5, and Candler Park, which received a Family Score of 65.0 and a school ranking of 4.58. The list also included Virginia Highland, Peachtree Battle, Morningside – Lenox Park, Chastain Park, Castlewood, Garden Hills, Mt. Paran and Westview. As you explore Atlanta for your future home, keep these top suburbs in mind.
When the kids beg to check out their new surroundings, indulge them with one of these exciting attractions:
1. Circus Arts Fitness
Sneak a little exercise into the summer by learning how to fly on a trapeze, walk the tight wire or juggle balls at Circus Arts Fitness. Single-day workshops or longer camps are available for curious, clown-loving kids and adults at the studio next to Candler Park.
2. Georgia Renaissance Festival
Located in Fairburn, this annual event is free for children ages 5 and under. In addition to the 16th-century entertainment and many varieties of food on sticks, little ones will enjoy exploring the petting zoo and playground. They can even try throwing tomatoes at a human target.
3. Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision
Grab the attention of even the most quiet teen at this 45-minute laser light show at Stone Mountain Park. The show is complete with fireworks, drones and controlled fire effects, and families tailgate before the performance, so there’s plenty of outdoor time to play some football, enjoy a picnic or toss a Frisbee.
4. Fountain of Rings
Cool off while teaching your kids a little sports history at Centennial Olympic Park in the city. The centerpiece fountain offers daily water shows set to music the whole family can enjoy.
5. Morning Glory Farm
Let the kids get messy at this hands-on rural attraction in Hickory Flat. In addition to pony rides, story time, hayrack rides and close encounters with farm animals, they can learn about beekeeping and create their own art projects.
6. National Computer Camp
Have a budding technology pro in the family? Kids ages 6 to 18 can learn about video game design, computer programming, digital video production, website design and more at Oglethorpe University‘s one- or two-week camps in July.
7. Butterfly Festival
Head over to the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell to see live butterfly releases, walk through foliage-clad exhibits and learn about the various stages of a butterfly’s life. Food trucks, face painting and musical performers will also be on site during the festival.
If you’re planning on moving to Atlanta and you have kids, make sure you check out these attractions. If you’re feeling inspired to get started on your search for the perfect family home, head to Owners.com.
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