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.
Looking for more free things to do in Atlanta, purchase a copy of 100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta at www.fieldtripswithsue.com/100free.
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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
Photos: For additional photos visit Field Trips with Sue on Facebook
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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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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April brings strawberry season in Georgia
What: Stawberry Picking in Atlanta
Where: See locations below
When: Mid-April through Early June
When I was younger, the best part about April was my birthday. Now that I’m older (or maybe it’s just old), April means strawberry picking and tasting those deliciously sweet bits of heaven as you fill up your bucket. Here are a few tips for strawberry pickers and several locations for strawberry picking close to Atlanta. Be sure to call the farm before heading out to pick. Some farms get picked out or are closed for ripening on any given day, so it’s best to be sure before you go. Have a favorite place not on this list? Let us know in the comment section.
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The Game Truck Party folks now have laser tag in addition to video games. It’s a fun combination
What: Game Truck Party
Where: Wherever. They come to you.
When: Name the date
Cost: Prices vary but range from $275 – $365 for a 90 minute to 2 hour party $85 each additional hour
For a limited time, mention the Field Trips w/Sue ad and get $50 off your Atlanta area party.
Call 770-755-5100 to book.
Photos: For additional photos of a Game Truck Party, visit Field Trips with Sue on Facebook
I’m a big believer in kids birthday parties. I’ve always loved planning them and it’s such a treat for the kids to have all their friends celebrate together. Normally I have my children’s birthday parties at our house. It’s a lot of work, and as anyone who has been around a large group of boys knows, it can be tough to keep them on task instead of wrestling each other or climbing over the table to get to the cake. Don’t laugh. I have had kids actual climb over the table for the cake.
Enter the Game Truck Party. This rolling event space comes to you, but keeps the party out of your house. Bonus, up to 20 kids can be entertained all at once.
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Fort King George in Darien, Ga. has been completely rebuilt. The three story block house was the main stronghold for the Battle of Christmas Break.
What: Fort King George Historic Site
Where: 302 McIntosh Rd SE, Darien, GA 31305 | 912-437-5479
When: Tuesday- Saturday 9 – 5 pm, Sunday 2 – 5:30 pm
Closed Monday except federal holidays
Over the Christmas break we visited with my in-laws in St. Simon’s Island, Ga. It was too cold to go swimming, but a perfect time of year to visit the many historic sites around the area. My kids had so much fun at Fort Frederica in St. Simon’s, we decided to head north to the pre-Revolutionary War Fort King George in nearby Darien. If we’d had more time, we would have gone south to the Castillo de San Marco to complete the tri-fecta of military strongholds in the area, especially since they all have an intertwined story. Here’s why my nephew called our visit to Fort King George “The best day of my life!”
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Kids can dress up in period costumes at Fort Frederica.
What:Fort Frederica National Monument
Where:6515 Frederica Rd., St. Simons Island, Ga. | 912-638-3639
When:9 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday (Execpt Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day)
Cost:$3 for adults, Free for children 15 and younger
Although the south is well known for Civil War history, St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia is also the site of a Colonial English settlement that pre-dates the American Revolution by forty years.
Fort Frederica guarded the coast from the Spanish who occupied nearby St. Augustine (at the Castillo de San Marco – another one of our favorite field trips). The fort is now a National Park Service site that is an exceptional place to bring history alive for children and adults. My kids had a great time and were eager to return. Here’s why.
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My Valentine’s Day started with a real knight in shining armor! Medieval Times offers a Good Night Package w/accommodations and tickets to the show.
It was a fun Field Trips with Sue segment on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta today. We had a full studio showcasing some last minute experiential gifts for Valentine’s day that you can purchase now and enjoy in the coming weeks, plus some fun activities for the entire family over the President’s Day weekend. In all the excitement, I forgot to mention our Party Like a Rock Star giveaway. Enter to win an evening fit for a star at the Omni CNN Center Hotel. The Party Like a Rock Star package includes deluxe accommodations, swag and pre-concert bash. Normally you have to provide your own concert tickets with this hotel package, but our giveaway includes two tickets to see Bon Jovi on Feb. 27 at Philips Arena! Here’s what else we talked about on this mornings segment.
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