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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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January 6th, 2010
11:20 pm

Keith, To answer part of your rant– up north they have deicing equipment, plows, sand trucks, etc. We don’t get enough of this weather to warrant the cost of this equipment, maintaince, etc. It’s cheaper and safer to simply shut down the one or two days a year this happens. Keep in mind also that many drivers in this area simply don’t have the experience driving in snowy or icy conditions. I have family members who are life- long Minnesotans, and they’ve got a repertoire of driving skills I’ve never needed to develop.

Just Curious

January 6th, 2010
11:03 pm

Seriously curious – why would it be any different than when they were out for Christmas break? Sleep in, tv, homework, etc….

Needabailout, too!

January 6th, 2010
10:34 pm

Way to go, Michael. Sorry Jamie, that we’re diverting. I’m going to make a big pot of beef bourguignon and enjoy a rare weather event. Let it snow, although I wish it would be much more than a ‘dusting’…I remember in the early ’70’s, when Atlanta had an ice storm, with ice forming on trees, which then fell, and then downed many of the electrical wires. The entire city was without power for four days, no heat or lights or any energy source for cooking meals. I measure any new event against that bare survival type of incident. I’m sure tomorrow will be momentarily pretty, but harmless.


January 6th, 2010
9:41 pm

This city is the most pathetic thing in the world. A half an inch is coming and schools close (even though it won’t start until after school) and Delta cancels 80 flights. It’s amazing that planes fly in and out of the north all winter without having to cancel flights unless there is a blizzard. I would understand if we were in Tampa but this is just sad. Get a life media.

Jamie Gumbrecht

January 6th, 2010
2:53 pm

Who Cares — I’m definitely not kidding. I hope that folks will offer up their ideas and suggestions for what typically stays open on snowy days, or for places that offer childcare — think YMCA-type businesses — on snow days. This post has nothing to do with politics. Please stay on topic.

Who Cares

January 6th, 2010
2:33 pm

You’ve got to be kidding me! An article on how to spend a snow day? What do you do on the other days when you’re not working or at school? God help us if this a valid concern. For those who can’t figure it out on their own, I’m sure Obama’s administration has an answer for this too! I’m sure the AJC has a direct line, so look for more government intervention to be published by this wonderful news outlet!


January 6th, 2010
2:26 pm

In response to OLE GUY, as an educator, I can say that snow days are to keep buses off the road in hazardous conditions. You driving to work in snow is one thing; you driving a busload of someone’s children in the snow is another. Southern busdrivers have very little experience with inclement weather. Better safe than sorry. Nice try trying to tie in the woeful state of education, but I’m not buying it. We try to protect children; you try to turn it into some left wing conspiracy. Not to mention the fact that your post was repetitive and nearly nonsensical.


January 6th, 2010
2:05 pm

Oh god, please dont let me get stuck behind someone going 25mph on the interstate with their hazzards lights flashing.

Ole Guy

January 6th, 2010
1:21 pm

Let me try to understand the concept of a snow day: When weather conditions are such as to pose a danger to attendance at school and/or work, one must find alternate means by which to occupy ones’ time while, THROUGH ABSOLUTELY NO FAULT OF, AND DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OVER WHICH ONE HAS NO CONTROL WHATSOEVER, one must find other venues to occupy ones’ free time. And just how do we arrive at said venues? Why we hazzard the drive, that’s right, the drive through the same hazzardous conditions which, AS MUCH AS WE HATED TO, we decided to “play it safe” and not go to school and/or work today.

I think I see a big reason for this series of discussionary topics on the woeful state of education.


January 6th, 2010
1:17 pm

We live in Georgia. It snows last March and people expect it all of the time. It is NOT going to snow. Don’t get your hopes up.