Handy Workshops – Check your closest Home Depot and Lowe’s stores for free building workshops for your future DIY’ers.
Fast Food Indoor Playgrounds – Technically these elaborate climbing structures are for customers only but with the purchase of a coffee or soda for yourself, kids can play for free.
If your older kids want to slide, swing or hang from monkey bars, they have that, too.
Downtown Norcross – Walk the charming streets of downtown Norcross, known for its train history, and then play at nearby train-themed Thrasher Park.
Budding pilots will love to learn about the history of aviation and see things like helicopters and fighter jets.
Toy Stores in Metro Atlanta – If your kids have trouble visiting toy stores without making a purchase, this could be tricky.
Plus, most of them offer free programming like story times, reading to dogs and puppet shows.
National Infantry Museum – This free museum on the base of Fort Benning near Columbus, Ga.
Kid-Friendly Bookstores in Metro Atlanta – Atlanta is home to tons of bookstores, several of which are kid-focused like Little Shop of Stories in Decatur. Old Jail Museum – Tour the Old Jail Museum on the first Sat. to see where Rockdale County sheriffs’ families lived between 18.
Be sure to call ahead though because sometimes they switch the free day.
High Museum of Art – Visitors to the High get free admission the second Sunday of every month, 12pm-5pm.
Centennial Olympic Park – The iconic Fountain of Rings – the largest interactive fountain in the world – is a can’t-miss crowd pleaser at Centennial Olympic Park, and Holiday in Lights and the outdoor skating rink make this park a winter winner as well.
Decatur Toy Park – Scooters, tricycles, small slides, push cars galore – this toy park is filled with toys families decided to donate, and is a great place for toddlers to play.
Atlanta Monetary Museum – Look inside their cash-processing operations, where millions of dollars are counted, sorted, or shredded daily.