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Seeking suggestions for snow day fun in metro Atlanta

UPDATE 1/8: The snow and ice have arrived. Here’s an updated list of school closings around Atlanta and our latest news updates throughout the day. Check back for more closings and delays involving fun stuff to do around Atlanta, and to share your ideas and news in the comments!
  • Tonight’s performance of “A Sordid Affair” at 14th Street Playhouse is canceled.
  • Decatur Metro blog reports that Decatur’s Jan. 9 Run With the Dogs 5K is postponed till Jan. 16. Read more.
  • The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University is closed today.
  • The Atlanta History Center is closed today.
  • Woodruff Arts Center — Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony and High Museum — closed today.
  • UPDATED: Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is closed today.
  • Zoo Atlanta will be closed Friday.
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Jeff Crawford, of McDonough, played basketball with his sons, Jeff Jr. and Justin during a snow day in 2009. Crawford took the day off work because his kids were out of school. AJC file photo

This forecast to change, but it looks right now like snow will cover Atlanta with an inch or two late this week. It’s cute at Stone Mountain Park — far less charming on the road.

At least we can prepare by coming up with a plan for what to do with the kiddos when school is canceled. Some will get an early version of Take Your Daughter To Work Day. I’m betting on a lot of busy grandmas, booked baby-sitters and rule bending — yes, honey, you can play with the Wii for an extra hour today. Actually, would six hours be OK?

And for those that feel comfortable on the roads, maybe that will mean busy days at recreation centers, Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta or the Georgia Aquarium? With real snow, this could be the best day to head to Snow Mountain.

So what’s your plan? Your advice? What do you do to keep the family safe and entertained during a (kind of) unexpected day off school?

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50 comments Add your comment

Ole Guy

January 8th, 2010
10:06 pm

Jennifer, would that repertoire of northern driving skills include exercising common sense?

Ole Guy

January 8th, 2010
10:01 pm

Mike, thanks for noticing the repetitive and near-nonsensical nature of my comments…REPETITIVE to point out, and to reinforce, the very issues which we tend to allow to stand in the way, almost as if we were looking for extraneous issues to serve as verification of the fact that we haven’t been able to do much of real consequence in preping kids for the world. I believe, after all, that city promoters have long labeled the ATL as a world class city; perhaps we should learn to conduct the business of educating kids in a world class (oops, am I confusing you again with repetitiveness?) fashion, and stop looking for the silliest of reasons to throw up our collective hands in surrender (have I lost you?). My comment was designed to appear as nonsensical as the entire concept of “snow days” is (nonsensical…oops, there I go again confusing you).

There is absolutely nothing “left wing conspiracy” about my comments, unless, of course, you interpret it that way, in which case, for you, it is (people like you confuse so easily). However, I suppose I have to semi-agree with you on the issue of southern bus drivers not having much experience in incliment weather. Hey, I’ve got a whale of an idea: lets shut down the entire school system when it rains, hails, snows, winds clock above a certain level, or the locusts are out in force. Better safe than sorry (or is that too right wing?).

Perhaps we should learn to conduct business as one

Ellen Fix

January 8th, 2010
7:42 pm

Michael, whether or not you agree with his attitude, I think you missed Ole Guy’s point: What he’s saying is, the school system adjudicated that it’s unsafe to be on the roads, therefore it’s incongruent to then be considering pass the time by driving on those very same roads that the schools said were too dangerous to be in school for.

And in regard to the main question of what to do instead, I have three words of advice: READ A BOOK.

D.B. Pate

January 8th, 2010
6:37 pm

Not much snow in LaGrange, and no kids to play with, so I did my federal income tax today. Woo hoo!!

At Work

January 8th, 2010
4:28 pm

Yeah, you shouldn’t drive anywhere….
OK, then don’t get mad when your tv stations are in black because I couldn’t make it to work.

Chuck Snow

January 8th, 2010
4:12 pm

Now there’s some serious logic it’s far too dangerous out to go to school or work, but it’s the perfect time to go out to play. OK I got it.

Not Going To Use My Usual Name

January 8th, 2010
2:55 pm

Noah, there’s no guarantee that its *employees* live in town.

Needabailout, hear hear.

Tori

January 8th, 2010
2:18 pm

If you have young kids who are stuck at home today there are plenty of sites with great craft ideas. Or you can play board games.

Noah

January 8th, 2010
1:58 pm

Why on earth would they close the High Museum. Many of us live in town and wouldn’t even have to drive if we wanted to. Seems like the perfect thing to do on a snowy day if your not stuck at work like some of us.

iRun

January 8th, 2010
12:47 pm

We did, in fact, walk down to The Flying Biscuit for a late, liesurely breakfast. The street in front our house is sloped and it had turned into an ice skating rink overnight. I’m talking at least a half inch of solid ice. We watched cars (even some all wheel drives) get stuck about halfway up and start spinning and sliding back. After breakfast until about an hour ago we spent time helping people get unstuck and turned around. Then a few neighbors went out with whatever road runner and bags of sand they had and spread it out. It and the appearance of the sun helped because now it’s all slushy. But, I know it will just refreeze tonight and we’ll be doing the same thing tomorrow.