This post was updated in May 2013.
It’s summertime, which means there are lots of FREE Outdoor Movies in Atlanta. Here’s a round up of some of the places offering family friendly free outdoor movies. Grab your low back chair, blanket and cooler of refreshing treats and head to a free outdoor movie near you! Films begin at dusk, with some locations having pre-movie activities. Know other free outdoor movie series? Send me a list sue (at) fieldtripswithsue.com.
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The 25-foot tall Earth Goddess is my favorite sculpture. According to my son, her name is Gia – which he learned reading the Percy Jackson series.
What: Atlanta Botanical Gardens Imaginary Worlds Exhibit
Where: 1345 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30309 | 404-876-5859
When: May – October 2013
Cost: Adults $18.95, Children 3-12 $12.95
Parking: $2 for 60 min., $1 each additional 30 min. Max of $15
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This summer, let your children battle giant cobras, converse with elegant unicorns and travel through the treetops to seek advice from the beautiful earth goddess. It’s all part of the Altanta Botanical Gardens Imaginary Worlds exhibit on display through October.
The Atlanta Botanical Gardens Imaginary Worlds exhibit features 19 giant topiary-like sculptures of mosaiculture, a centuries-old horticultural art of covering steel forms in living plants. This exhibit was created by artisans of International Mosaiculture of Montreal and is the first time its been presented in the United States.
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In addition to play equipment, each week there is a new performer at Tot Spot. Storytellers, Bubbles, or arts and crafts.
Guest post by Sylvia Bass
What: Tot Spot Atlantic Station
Where: Central Park, 1380 Atlantic Drive, Suite 14250, Atlanta, GA 30363
When: Every Tuesday April – September | 10 am -12 pm
Cost: Free! However, you will have to pay to park. All parking meters accept cash or credit cards.
Tot Spot is a toddler playtime event located in Central Park, a quaint area in the midst of Atlantic Station. It offers a little grassy area with toy houses for your toddler to run around and enjoy. There are also entertainers who show up for storybook time, bubbles, and more! Each week it’s different. The area is fenced in with someone supervising the entrance to the play area, so moms and caretakers can just relax on one of the benches and watch the children play. It is also very stroller friendly, however there are no public bathrooms, you’ll need to use one of the many restaurants located around Central Park. Tot Spot is outside, so it is contingent upon favorable weather conditions.
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Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island offers fantastic affordable family fun.
What: Tidelands Nature Center
Where: 100 S. Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 31527 | 912-635-5032
When: Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $3 Admission to the Center. Program charges vary.
Nature Walks: $5 Adults $3 Kids 8 – 18 ($25 max per family)
Docent Lead Programs: $6 per person
Canoe Rental: $15 per hour
Guided Kayak Tours: $55 per person for a 3 hrs.
*Note: The Nature Center only accepts cash
Photos: For more photos visit the Tidelands Nature Center album
Jekyll Island is located along the coast of Georgia and is part of the Golden Isles that also includes St. Simon’s Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simon’s Island and Brunswick, Ga. One of my favorite places to visit at Jekyll Island is the 4-H Tidelands Nature Center. They have some of the best kids programs and they’re exceptionally affordable. I recently took the kids to do a docent lead dock study and we learned about the eco-system around the dock and used nets to pull up shrimp, crabs, oysters and other sea life.
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Field Trips with Sue is honored to be the Blog of the Month for May!
We’re so excited to be named the Blog of the Month by The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. What a great honor. The Children’s Museum is one of our favorites for young children. The museum itself is so much fun and they always have wonderful special exhibits that engage the kids in fun learning. Don’t forget the “When I am…” cards to let you know what your children are really learning at different stages. And of course, the Target Free Tuesdays are a wonderful way to see the museum for free (and then buy a membership because you had so much fun!).
Summer Camp at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta
This is a sponsored post, however, all opinons are my own.
What: Atlanta Summer Camps at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Where: Luckie Marietta District | 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta, GA
When: One week sessions from June 3-28, 2013 | 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Two week sessions from June 10 – 21 | 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Cost: $200 member price, $250 non-member (After care available for $10 a day)
Two week session is $350 member, $450 non-member (the difference between member and non-member is about the price of membership)
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, geared toward children under 12, is probably one of the best places for little learners to explore. This summer they are offering three unique summer camps. My son would love Discovery Science Camp, which is perfect for young scientists. Imaginator Theater Camp is great for young actors, and Adventure Camp is ideal for first-time campers. Fun-filled activities include science experiments, outdoor play, learning to cook, yoga for youngsters, creative play, and of course exploring the museum. Here’s the scoop on all three camps.
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This is a sponsored post, however, all opinions are my own.
Until May 10, mention Field Trips w/Sue and campMODA will waive the $100 registration fee for LEGO Design Camp.
What: Summer Camps Atlanta: CampMODA LEGO Robotics Experience
Where: Colony Square, 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Plaza Level | 404-979-6455
When: Week long Sessions Available June 17 – August 2 from 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: Weeklong campMODA sessions cost $495 ($100 registration fee + $395 tuition)
Sign Up by May 10 and waive the $100 registration fee by mentioning Field Trips w/Sue
Like most kids, mine are huge LEGO fans. This winter, we even went to LEGOLAND Florida theme park. One of my son’s favorite activities was the Mindstorm session, where they programmed a LEGO robot. The kids were so into it, that I even posted how I wanted to find something similar closer to Atlanta. Enter campMODA, a LEGO Robotics Experience. Now the boys can program LEGO robots for a whole week and the best part is until May 10, campMODA is offering to waive the $100 registration fee for Field Trips with Sue readers. If you haven’t scheduled camp yet, this is a great deal!
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This morning on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta we met Popeye from Noah’s Ark. Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center is one of the many free activities featured in Field Trips w/Sue’s book 100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta.
In less than a month, my children, like many in Georgia, will be out of school for the summer. It’s time to begin planning those lazy summer days by the pool and mixing in a few activities to get the kids away from the TV and video games. All you need to know to have a fun, and affordable summer is in the Field Trips with Sue book 100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta (hint: order online here). This morning on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, I talked about a few of my favorite entries in the book and how you can have fun with the kids this summer for free.
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At Kingdom Quest, fire a laser at targets to gain points. Read on to learn how to score BIG.
What: LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Where: Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-848-9252
When: Mon. – Fri. 10 am – 7 pm, Sat. 10 am – 9 pm, Sun. 10 am – 6 pm (Last admission is two hours before closing
Cost: $19 per adult, $15 per child (3+).
LEGOLAND Discounts: Save 10 percent by booking online.
Save more if you book a time after 4 pm
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One of my favorite parts of LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza is the Kingdom Quest ride. It’s similar to Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story at Walt Disney World in that you ride in a car through a series of video screens and vignette’s shooting items for points. To really score big in Kingdom Quest, you need to know what to shoot. LEGOLAND staff are quite knowledgeable, but are also tight lipped on what to look for on the ride. Here are some tips to Score Big on Kingdom Quest at LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
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This post contains five family friendly hikes from Randy and Pam Golden’s book 60 Hikes within 60 Miles.
Guest Post By Randy and Pam Golden
Looking for a great adventure with your family or group? The Atlanta area has a wide range of trails that are great hikes. Here are five family friendly trails from our book, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles:Atlanta, and have been selected because they can handle groups with a wide range of hiking abilities and fun nearby activities.
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