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2012 Free Summer Activities for Kids in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Here is a list of free summer activities for kids and families throughout the Atlanta area. There are plenty of free activities to keep your little ones busy: VBS, movies in the park, educational events, crafts, splash parks and more.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Many churches around Atlanta offer VBS free of charge. Some even include a free meal each day. Sign up fast because spots go quickly. The children will enjoy fun, games, and crafts while learning about Jesus. If any of these churches are charging for VBS, please let us know.

Listed by Date:

June 4-8
God’s House Baptist Church in Alpharetta 7-9PM Register
First Baptist Snellville 9AM- 12PM Register
Midway Community Church in Alpharetta 9AM-12PM Register
Crabapple First Baptist in Milton 8:45AM-12:15PM Register
Acworth First Baptist Church 8:45AM- 12PM Register
Elizabeth Baptist Church in Marietta 6:15-8:45PM Register
First Baptist Duluth 9AM-12:30PM Register
Kennesaw First Baptist 6-8:30PM Register

June 11-15
Peachtree Corner’s Baptist 8:15-12:30PM Register
First Baptist Church of Holly Springs 9AM-12PM Register
St. Aiden’s Episcopal Church in Alpharetta 4:45-7:30PM To Register Call 770-521-0207
Concord Baptist Church in Cumming 6-9PM Register
First Baptist Atlanta 9:30AM-12:30PM Register
Christ the King Lutheran in Cumming 5:30-8:30PM Register

June 18-22
Brookwood Baptist Church in Lawrenceville 9AM-12PM Register
Grace Baptist Church in Cumming 6-8:30PM Register
Lanier UMC in Cumming 9AM-12PM Register

June 25-29
Clear Springs Baptist Church 6-9PM Register
First Baptist Canton 9AM-12PM Register
Lilburn First Baptist 9AM-12:30PM Register

July 9-13
North Gwinnett Church in Suwanee 9AM-12PM Register
First Redeemer in Cumming 9:15AM-12:45PM Register

July 16-19
First Redeemer in Cumming 9:15AM-12:45PM Register

Free Movies

Listed by Location:

Candler Park in Atlanta
Kung Fu Panda May 12
Puss in Boots May 26
Wall-E August 11
HUGO August 25

Brown Park in Canton
Rio July 23
Diary of a Wimpy Kid August 27
Mr. Popper’s Penguins September 24

New Town Park in Johns Creek
Gulliver’s Travels June 11
Rio July 9
Diary of a Wimpy Kid August 13

Cumming Fairgrounds
Alvin and the Chipmunks June 23
The Three Stooges July 28

Northwestern Middle School in Milton
Alvin & The Chipmunks-Chipwrecked June 2
Three Stooges July 7
Movie: TBD August 4

Riverside Park in Roswell
We Bought a Zoo May 26
Move:TBD August 11

East Cobb Park in Marietta
Movie: TBD July 7
Movie: TBD September 9

Rhodes Jordan Park in Lawrenceville
Dolphin’s Tale June 2

Suwanee Town Center Park in Suwanee
Real Steel June 9

Tribble Mill Park in Lawrenceville
Kung Fu Panda II July 16

Wills Park in Alpharetta
“Dive In” movies at the pool. Free for pool pass members. Otherwise $3/per person
June 2nd, July 7th, and August 4th

Movies 400 in Cumming
Bring a can of food or school supply to support your community and receive a free popcorn. Limit one per person.

5/31 & 6/02 Ramona & Nanny McPhee Returns
6/07 & 6/09 How to Train Your Dragon
6/14 & 6/16 Megamind
6/21 & 6/23 Narnia: Dawn Treader
6/28 & 6/30 Diary of a Wimpy Kid
7/05 & 7/07 Despicable Me
7/12 & 7/14 Marmaduke
7/19 & 7/21 Alpha & Omega
7/26 & 7/28 Rango
8/02 & 8/04 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2

Regal Cinema in Alpharetta
6/7-6/8 Astro Boy and Megamind
6/14-6/15 Despicable Me and Marmaduke
6/21-6/22 Pirates who Don’t Do Anything and Shrek Forever After
6/28-6/29 Bee Movie and Diary of a Wimpy Kid
7/5-7/6 How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek the Third
7/12-7/13 Kung Fu Panda and Tale of Despereaux
7/19-7/20 Madagascar 2 and Ramona & Beezus
7/26-7/27 Barnyard and Yogi Bear
8/2-8/3 Alpha and Omega and Charlotte’s Web


Free Bowling all summer at AMF. At AMF, kids 15 and under can bowl for free all summer. Simply register and you'll get a weekly voucher for two free games per child per day through September 3. Shoe rental is not included. Locations in Woodstock, Marietta and Snellville.

Free Bowling all summer at Stars and Strikes in Cumming.

Hiking- There are 60 different hiking trails within 60 miles of Atlanta. There may be a parking fee at some parks.

Puppet Shows, Magic Shows, Petting Zoo, Inflatables
The Atlanta- Fulton Public Libraries have special events and programs for children all summer long. Locations throughout Fulton county.

National Parks
June 9- Free Entrance Day
Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Dining Out

Kids Eat Free in Cumming
Cumming Local has prepared a list of restaurants offering “kids eat free” specials.

Kids Eat Free in Alpharetta
Check out the Alpharetta Moms’ calendar for “kids eat free” specials.

Splash Playgrounds and Fountains

Big Splash in Suwanee – Located in Town Center Park, Big Splash, the largest interactive fountain in Gwinnett County, is generally open 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. seven days a week. Water quality is checked regularly throughout the day. Suwanee’s Big Splash fountain has 43 jets.

Centennial Olympic Rings – 265 Park Ave West N.W. in Atlanta
The Fountain of Rings is the centerpiece of Centennial Olympic Park and is one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in Georgia. It’s free to view the Fountain of Rings show, which plays four times a day, 365 days a year, at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m

Duluth Town Green- 3578 West Lawrenceville Street in Duluth
70’ interactive water fountain

Roswell Spray Grounds (charges $1)
Both spraygrounds offer a variety of spray features, concession stand, and a rental pavilion.

Village Pavilion Fountain at Mall of Georgia- 3333 Buford Dr in Buford. Interactive fountain, which shoots water 20 feet high. Open daily, during mall hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., Noon-6 p.m.


Center of Puppetry Arts Museum in Atlanta
Fulton residents are free on the first Saturday of each month. Must print this slip.

Autrey Mill Nature Center in Alpharetta
46 acre nature preserve, a Heritage Village, replica Native American dwellings and animal exhibits turtles, frogs, snakes, insects and birds. The Grounds are open every day from 8am to dusk. Visitor Center is open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm.

Dunwoody Nature Center
Take the kids to see a wide variety of wildlife including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish.

Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta
65 acre wilderness with labeled trees, shrubs, ferns and wild flowers.

ImagineIt! Children’s Museum in Atlanta
Second Tuesday of Every Month, 1 – 7 p.m.
Through a sponsorship by Target, admission is free for all visitors who come during these special hours

Museums On Us: Booth Western Art Museum, Tellus Science Museum, Atlanta History Center, and the High Museum of Art. Get free general admission on the first full weekend of every month- just by presenting your Bank of America card.

Zoo Atlanta
Family 4 pass available for check out at any GA public library.

Arts, Crafts & Building

Lakeshore Learning in Marietta
Saturdays 11AM-3PM
Free Crafts for Kids Ages 3+

Michael’s Craft Stores throughout Atlanta
Look for Free Kids Make It Take Crafts
Schedules vary by location.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Workshops throughout Atlanta
Build and Grow Clinics are free to the public and occur every other Saturday at 10am.
Register online.

American Girl Crafts in Alpharetta
Bring your daughter to the American Girl store at Northpoint Mall to participate in free arts and crafts. Note that all activities listed on the website are not free.

Home Depot Kids Workshops throughout Atlanta
Free hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement

Story Time

Barnes and Noble
Check with your local book store to see when they offer story time.
Schedules are posted online and you can even subscribe to receive event updates for your store.

Check with your local library to find out when story time is offered for your child’s age group. Some libraries offer infant story telling all the way through elementary school.

Pottery Barn (Alpharetta and Atlanta locations)
Every Tuesday at 11am


Last but certainly not least, Act Together Ministries encourages families to volunteer together. Use the summer as time away from your busy schedule and spend some time making a difference in the world. Serving together will provide excellent bonding opportunities as well as wonderful memories for your children. Here are some ideas: Click on the title for more information about the project.

Organize a School Supply Drive- We can provide step by step instructions to help your family organize a drive. The children can make flyers and distribute them with adult supervision and then collect the items on the date you plan.

Bless a Mother with a Special Needs Child- Your child can paint, decorate and write encouraging Bible verses on a flower pot. Choose a pretty flower from the store and plant it in the flower pot. Don’t forget to pray for the family!

Prepare a Meal for a family facing difficult challenges- Your children can help you prepare a meal 1)Picking the items at the grocery store (making sure all of the food groups are included), 2)Preparing the meal and praying for the family. Ask for more details.

Volunteer together at our Tools 4 School event on Sunday August 5th. Volunteers are needed to run the sign in table, play games with the kids, assist with crafts, serve lunch, or help a child “shop” for school supplies. Volunteer opportunities will be posted by June 20th.

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