atlanta over christmas

Nov 30th, 2005, 04:36 PM
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atlanta over christmas

I'll be in Atlanta with my three grandchildren age 8, 13, 16 during the christmas holidays. We'll be going to the new aquarium, but any other ideas on fun things to do with kids?
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Nov 30th, 2005, 05:55 PM
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Ice skating in Centennial Park next to the Aquarium
World of Coke at Underground Atlanta
New, improved High Museum of Art
Stone Mountain with the laser show
Xmas lights at Life Chiropractic school or at Lake Lanier or at Callaway Gardens (CG might be a little too far)
Dave & Busters restaurant (one in marietta, one in Gwinnett) if they like to play video games
Shopping at Lenox and Phipps
Imax movies at Mall of Georgia or Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Andretti Racing (go-carts, rock climbing and video games) in Alpharetta
Espn Zone in Buckhead
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Dec 1st, 2005, 04:08 AM
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Dec 1st, 2005, 04:16 AM
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When you go to the Aquarium, DO spend the extra money and go to the 4-D show. It is really worth it. (Even your 16 yr old will enjoy it - I sat in front of a group of teens w/ their family, and the loved it!)

The World of Coke is really a great idea too. I LOVE it there. (and you get to drink a lot of soda!!)

The Dave and Busters suggestion is not a good idea ... the whole concept of the place was that it was supposed to be for adults. They ever card you at the door - but somewhere along the way the adults started bringing their children and that just isn't fair!! (Sorry, had to add my social commentary )

Fernbank museum of natural history (w/ IMAX), High Museum, Stone Mountain, ... all GREAT ideas.

Just do a Google search. You will find a lot of great ideas.

Have Fun!
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Dec 1st, 2005, 06:27 AM
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Wallace and Gromit- Dave & Busters has a kids' menu, video games, and toys for prizes. If it didn't want the family crowd, it wouldn't have any of the above. Also, when the Georgia law banning smoking in restaurants with patrons under the age of 18 went into effect this year, D & B could have banned kids (like Vortex and some other intown restaurants) but they didn't. I bet I spend a lot more money there with a couple of pre-teens boys than the average adult patron.
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Dec 1st, 2005, 10:38 AM
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Your grandchildren would love World of Coke.
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Dec 1st, 2005, 04:47 PM
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Sorry padams421,

I haven't been in a long time ... I didn't realise they went that route. I just remember being 20 and not being able to get in ... and then I was finally 21 and then I saw all these kids running around. LOL! It's no big deal, I just felt cheated (Do you understand?) ... But it doesn't matter at all anymore because I am 32 and don't go to bars or places like that anymore ... BUT HEY! This is actually GOOD NEWS for me because if it is now a "family place" I will be much more comfortable there.

I never meant to be snotty about the whole thing anyway. It just came out wrong.
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Dec 2nd, 2005, 08:27 AM
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At the Dave and Busters in Charlotte, you have to be 21 to get in unless escorted by someone 25 or up. Sounds like they welcome kids with families, but trying to keep out packs of teenagers. If you're staying in central Atlanta, the D&B's are a decent drive away.

As for Atlanta, I think the High Museum will definitely be a bore for the 8 year old and likely for the 13 and 16 year old. Fernbank is a better museum option.

Stone Mountain - are there things to do there in the dead of winter? Wouldn't think it'd be worth the long drive unless the weather was better.

World of Coke is good for kids.
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Dec 4th, 2005, 07:05 AM
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If you head over to the Fernbank area, swing by Emory University and visit the Michael C Carlos Museum. The kids will like the Egyptian galleries especially.
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Dec 5th, 2005, 12:30 PM
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The Aquarium is a must!! It's the largest in the world and very impressive. I personally don't like World of Coke because it's basically a commerical with free drinks at the end. But I'm sure an 8 year old would like it. If you are going to look at Christmas lights, go to Centennial Park and the lights at Life College (off Cobb Pkwy). The Atlanta Ballet will be performing the Nutcracker and that is always popular with children.
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Dec 7th, 2005, 01:25 PM
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Thanks for the wonderful suggestions. Turns out we couldn't reserve tickets for the aquarium because they were all booked. Maybe next time.
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