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Go to your library - Most libraries will have Summer Reading program with story telling. Be sure and visit your local library this summer for some reading time!

Fishing at Rainbow Ranch Trout - Your kids won't be disappointed as fish there is quick to bite the bait. Check out their website for direction and pricing.

http://www.rainbowranchtrout.com/visitor-info

Dairy Tour at Mayfield Dairy Farm - For a short drive go to Braselton, GA to tour the milk operation. But if you are an ice cream lover, you might want to check out their Athens, TN location.

http://factorytoursusa.com/TourDetails.asp?TourID=351&State=&Search=a

Hiking to the Amicalola Falls - The trail is easy enough and there are several entry points to accommodate different level of hikers. Then you can enjoy a picnic at the park or drive up for a lunch buffet at the lodge. http://www.gastateparks.org/AmicalolaFalls


Visit Miniature Petting Zoo @ Tanglewood Farm - Kids will love to see over 100 miniature farm animals and enjoy the trip back to the past. Located in Cherokee county it's a fun day out for the whole family. Visit their website for more detail.

http://www.tanglewoodfarmminiatures.com/

The Art Barn | at Morning Glory Farm – Canton www.theartbarn.com/ Cockadoodle dooo - Welcome to the Art Barn! if you are looking for farm fun you are in the right place

The Atlanta Children’s Museum:

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta offers a variety of exciting and educational programming for children of all ages. From live mini-musical performances to science workshops, and from historic and cultural celebrations to story time, children learn in fun and creative ways through our daily activities. http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/



Atlanta Botanical Garden-The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Piedmont Park is a beautiful exhibition of nature's glory in the heart of the city. A walk through the garden is a great stress reliever. There are always special events, including unique flowers, summer concerts, and children's activities.

http://atlantabg.org/kids-schools/kids-events-classes



Atlanta Cyclorama-Experience the Battle of Atlanta in the round through the famous Cyclorama painting, a large 3-D cyclical painting that is the largest oil painting in the world.

When you visit the Cyclorama in Atlanta's Historic Grant Park you can also see artifacts of the war displayed in the Civil War Museum and a steam locomotive known as the Texas, a veteran of the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.

http://www.atlantacyclorama.org/

Atlanta History Center-Founded in 1926 as the Atlanta Historical Society, the history center includes one of the Southeast’s largest history museums; a research library and archives; two historic houses, The Swann House and the Tullie Smith Farm, illustrating over a century of Atlanta’s history; and a series of gardens unique in both design and horticultural presentation.

http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/kids



Bulloch Hall's Camp Rough Riders
Kids 6 -11 have a wonderful week of 19th century fun!
Bulloch Hall has a variety of programs to offer for children! Learning comes alive at Bulloch Hall! Please explore the options under the "Children" page for more information!Summer Camps at Bulloch Hall Camp Rough Riders July 6 – 10, Manners Camp July 13 - 17

Call Pam at Bulloch Hall 770-992-1731 ext. 2 http://www.bullochhall.org/children.html



Take a Walk through time at the Smith Plantation in Historic Roswell. Three generations of the Archibald Smith family lived in this home and saved all of their belongings, large and small, important and trivial, broken or whole.  The home and grounds have become one of the best examples of architectural, cultural, and historical interpretation found in the region. Monday – Saturday: Tours start on the hour. http://www.archibaldsmithplantation.org/

Camp Yesteryear at the Smith PlantationThe Smith Plantation will host a week full of fun and learning for children on the beautiful grounds of the Smith Plantation in the heart of Historic Roswell.
For more information please call the Smith Office at 770-641-3978 or log onto www.archibaldsmithplantation.org.

Center for Puppetry Arts-The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest organization in North America dedicated to the art of puppetry. The center offers performances for everyone. An interactive museum, Puppets: The Power of Wonder, is the largest puppetry museum in the United States. Center hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9am-3pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; and Sunday, 11am-5pm http://www.centerforpuppetryarts.com/

Fernbank Museum of Natural History-Atlanta’s home to the dinosaurs, Fernbank Museum of Natural History allows visitors to explore Earth’s history, the physical universe, the environment, and human culture through interactive exhibitions, IMAX movies, artifacts, and more. http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/

http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/discover-and-learn/summer-camp/

High Museum of Art-With more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American art; significant holdings of European paintings and decorative art; and growing collections of African-American art, photography, modern and contemporary art, and African art. The High is dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists.

http://www.high.org/



Imagine It! The Atlanta Childrens Museum

http://www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org/

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park-Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield is a 2,888 acre National Battlefield preserving a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign on the city’s north side. It is the only national park that commemorates the Battle of Atlanta. http://www.nps.gov/kemo/planyourvisit/maps.htm

The King Center-Get inspired at the King Center through its many interactive exhibits that illustrate the beloved community that Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned and how that dream can still become a reality. Sunday-Saturday (Open 7 days a week) 9am - 5pm Special Summer Hours (Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day) 9am - 6pm

Margaret Mitchell House-For literary lovers and Gone With the Wind fans, explore the house where Margaret Mitchell wrote her famous novel. It houses memorabilia from the famed author's career and serves as a literary center for Southern authors. Watch for special author readings and creative writing courses.

Attractions


CNN Center-Take a behind-the-scenes peek at the frenzied world of television journalism with the CNN Studio tour. Gain insight into the world of broadcast journalism. Reservations are highly recommended.

http://www.cnn.com/tour/
The Fox Theatre -Originally the Yaarab Temple Shrine Mosque and Shriners headquarters, the Fox became the nationally acclaimed theater it is today during the Great Depression. Today it is one of the best places to see a show or catch an old movie during the summer.

https://foxtheatre.org/tours/?gclid=CjwKEAjwru6oBRDDp4jRj4bL_xASJADJ2obyMAovgvYFFqF5tWCoQdLDIRN1vGrdnPPFFBQAhPdN5xoClN7w_wcB

Georgia Aquarium-The Georgia Aquarium, one of Atlanta's premier tourist attractions, features whale sharks and other creatures of the deep in a world-class facility located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/
Turner Field-Tour Turner Field and explore Atlanta Braves history. See the press box, the clubhouse, the dugout, a luxury suite, and the broadcast booth. Don't miss the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame.

World of Coca-Cola-This kid-friendly museum is dedicated to the world's favorite beverage. Learn about the history of Coca-Cola, which was developed in Atlanta, then taste various formulas of the soda from all over the world in the tasting room.

Zoo Atlanta-Minutes from downtown Atlanta and Turner Field, Zoo Atlanta, founded in 1889, is one of the 10 oldest zoos in continuous operation in the United States. Fulton County Public Library System now offers family passes to the zoo. Ask about it!

Football Hall of Fame: http://www.profootballhof.com/default.aspx

Tellus Science Museum: (770) 606-5700 MUSEUM HOURS 10 AM – 5 PM

The museum’s exhibits open minds and ignite a passion for science. Come see minerals from all over the world, including some that glow! You can stand under a massive T-Rex and imagine what it was like when the Wright brothers took their first flight next to our full-size replica of their flyer. Kids can interact and learn in the Collins Family My Big Back Yard and pan for gems and dig up fossils to take home. The museum also features various special exhibits throughout the year featuring everything from model trains to incredible photos from space.


Parks


Centennial Olympic Park-Honoring the 1996 Olympics, this expansive park offers a quiet oasis in the middle of bustling Downtown Atlanta, though it can become a beehive of activity with special events and concerts. For a fun, free way to entertain the kids, let them play in the fountains.

Piedmont Park-Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, Piedmont Park is located approximately 2 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. The finish line for the world-famous Peachtree Road Race, the park is also home to myriad festivals and concerts include the Screen on the Green and Dogwood Festival.

Stone Mountain Park-One of Atlanta's most recognizable tourist attractions, this huge monument covers 25 million square feet and rises 825 feet above the surrounding area, carved with the likeness of three Confederate heroes. There is plenty to see and do, including the ever popular laser show, holiday events, hiking, boating, fishing, and shopping. http://www.stonemountainpark.com/



Day Trips:
Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia







Callaway Gardens is a 13,000-acre center of enrichment that offers endless opportunities for adventure, discovery, and recreation. The Callaway Gardens
You can wander through four distinctive gardens, each showcasing the wonders of Mother Nature in its own special style. Callaway Gardens Exhibits & Buildings
A spectacular 35,000 sq. ft. complex nestled in the woodlands on the edge of Mountain Creek Lake is the center for conservation, preservation and environment education and exhibits.  Georgia Nature Trails
Pine Mountain Recreation
Birds of Prey
You can have an up-close encounter with magnificent birds of prey or Butterfly Garden
escape to the largest, glass-enclosed conservatory, home to 1,000 tropical butterflies, plants and birds. Callaway Gardens Educational Programs
The Education Department provides fascinating, year-round classes, lectures, tours, and demonstrations that “provide a better understanding of the living world.”

Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain Georgia, just minutes from Callaway Gardens. Take on our Wild Animal Safari from the comfort of your own vehicle, or go along with our Complimentary Bus tour lead by an Animal Safari Tour Guide. Experience the 5 mile Drive-Thru and all that it has to offer over 250 acres! Come face to face with a Camel, or hand feed an American Bison. You’ll be able to see Elk, Water Buffalo and Wildebeest running free. Tigers, Hyenas and Zebra are just a few of the animals that you’ll see on your safari!

http://www.animalsafari.com/Georgia/park-info/

The Little White House- Warm Springs , Ga.- Franklin Delano Roosevelt built the Little White House in 1932 while governor of New York, prior to being inaugurated as president in 1933. He first came to Warm Springs in 1924 hoping to find a cure for the infantile paralysis (polio) that had struck him in 1921. Swimming in the 88-degree, buoyant spring waters brought him no miracle cure, but it did bring improvement. During FDR’s presidency and the Great Depression, he developed many New Deal Programs (such as the Rural Electrification Administration) based upon his experiences in this small town. While posing for a portrait on April 12, 1945, FDR suffered a stroke and died a short while later. Today, the “Unfinished Portrait” is featured in a museum that showcases many exhibits, including FDR’s 1938 Ford convertible with hand controls, his Fireside Chats playing over a 1930s radio, his stagecoach and a theater. Visitors can tour FDR’s home, which has been carefully preserved very much as he left it.

Hours:
9AM-4:45PM daily http://www.gastateparks.org/LittleWhiteHouse


Scavenger Hunts Through History" are available for both children and adults.

Family Fun- Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell- Camps & daily tours. Canoe 101, water activities, animals,


http://chattnaturecenter.org/home.html






The Yellow River Game Ranch -Stroll along a mile-long trail on 24 wooded acres and encounter over six hundred highly sociable birds and animals indigenous to the state of Georgia. White-tailed deer, bunnies, buffalo, sheep, kid goats, black bears and a bevy of new-born animals are waiting to be fed, admired and petted on a "nose-to-nose" basis. Located just two and one-half miles east of Stone Mountain on Highway 78, the Yellow River Game Ranch offers a magnificent photo opportunity and a chance to meet wildlife on a close and personal basis. There's the "Billy Goat Gruff Memorial Bridge" and the super popular "Bunny Burrows." Don't forget to bring your camera and video camera! You'll capture the magical interaction between your children and our Game Ranch animals. http://www.yellowrivergameranch.com/










Rock Eagle 4-H Center is located north of Eatonton, Georgia, adjacent to the Oconee National Forest. Its 1,428 acres of forested land, including a 110 acre lake, make Rock Eagle a natural meeting site away from everyday life. Georgia 4-H Summer Camp at Rock Eagle provides an outdoor summer program unparalleled in the nation. Our array of workshops offers a hands-on experience that makes learning fun.

http://www.rockeagle4h.org/about.html

Visit one of Georgia’s State Parks:



http://www.gastateparks.org/






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