Here’s your Spring Break guide to popular Atlanta area attractions where you can get discounts and save money on the kiddies while they’re out of school. Some might require that you visit the attraction by April 4, therefore kicking off the off-week with a bit of fun.
Six Flags Discount
What kid wouldn’t want to go to Six Flags Over Georgia during Spring Break? The problem is that it can get a little pricey, but here’s one way to save. I found this coupon on the Stride Gum Facebook page. Present this coupon at any participating Six Flags theme parks and get one general admission ticket for the price of a child’s ticket. Take note that you can’t print the coupon directly from Facebook; instead, copy and paste the web link it gives you, then print out the coupon. The offer is valid through Oct. 11.
BOGO Value Pass at Fernbank
The Fernbank Museum has two ways to save during Spring Break. Right now you can save $10 on the purchase of two Value Pass tickets, or $5 on the purchase of two museum admission tickets. The deal cannot combined with any other offer and you must mention “Spring Break Special” when purchasing. Keep in mind that if you’re heading out before April 4, you can buy one value pass and get one free. The pass includes museum admission and an IMAX ticket. It’s regularly priced at $23 for adults, $21 for students and seniors and $19 for children 12 and under. Mention the ‘BOGO Value Pass’ at the Fernbank box office to get the discount, which is valid through April 4.
BOGO Wren’s Nest Storytelling Extravaganza
The Wren’s Nest House Museum, Atlanta’s oldest house museum and home of the Brer Rabbit stories, will host a storytelling extravaganza April 6-9, featuring their renowned professional storytellers. Tickets are buy one, get one free. Admission prices are $5 for children (ages 4-12), $7 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. The storytelling — appropriate, I’m told for those ages 4 to 108 — begins at noon each day.
You won’t get a 50 percent off discount, but you can save $4 each on adult and children’s Daily Adventure Passes at Stone Mountain by purchasing the tickets at your local Kroger grocery store.
Save on High Museum admission
The High Museum just announced that it will take $5 off individual admission tickets or 20 percent off family memberships April 6-11. The discount only applies to walk-up purchases.
Kids Bowl Free
Kids love bowling as much as adults do, even though it’s usually pretty hilarious to see them attempting to knock down pins as the boll trickles down buffered lanes. Whether your kid has plenty of experience or very little, taking them out to the bowling alley is a good way to pass time during spring break — especially if it’s free. The KidsBowlFree.com promotion says it’s for the summer but actually begins earlier for certain locations, like Suburban Lanes in Decatur which starts April 1. Registration is open now and once you’re registered, your child can bowl two free games a day. Most of the locations do not get started until May 24.
It’s All Fair
Fairs usually roll around in the fall. Why is that? I don’t know; I’m just glad to see the bright, colorful lights coming from the Atlanta Fair every night through April 4. It’s only $1 to get in during the week. Tickets for rides can escalate in a hurry, so it’s probably best to go Monday through Thursday when tickets are $20 for unlimited rides, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6 p.m. On Fridays, tickets are $1 per ride.
If you bought the Mommy and Me tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, you’re in good shape. The ticket offer (now expired) was $25 for one adult, who could bring up to four children ages 5 and under for free. The offer also included a free parking pass valued at $10.
Do you live in Fulton County? If so, you can take advantage of the Family Pass for free admission to Zoo Atlanta. All you need is a valid library card. The Zoo Atlanta Pass is good for two adults and up to four kids ages 18 and under. The catch is that it can only be used once per year, per card, per household.
Tellus Science Museum
I’ll admit I’m a big fan of the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville. There are so many options, from the planetarium to mineral and fossil galleries to the hands-on science in motion activities, it’s sure to be a hit with kids. It can be nice on your wallet, too, if you’re a Bank of America cardholder. Tickets are free to BoA cardholders April 3 and 4, which means you can cut out at least $12 for one adult admission ticket.
The Booth Western Art Museum is also included in the Museums on Us program and would make a great Spring Break destination.
Visit a Georgia State Park
Hiking through a state park in Georgia is a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. It’s also good exercise. The parks are free on Wednesdays. If you can’t make it on a Wednesday, the park is always an inexpensive venture, with prices $5 or less.
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