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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 8th, 2010
8:05 am

Remeber that the parents who complain about the schools being closed, will be the first parents to scream it their child’s bus is in an accident.

Mike Smith

January 8th, 2010
7:49 am

You shouldn’t drive anywhere, as the schools have already determined it’s too unsafe to take children on the roads,


January 8th, 2010
7:41 am

The price of North Georgia shutting down for a day or two : $9,000,000, The look on a southern child’s face who sees the beauty of snow for the first time : priceless. Quit your griping and make some snow angels.


January 8th, 2010
7:41 am

Amen Jennifer!!

Being an Yankee I can tell you from experience that it’s flat up in Yankee land for the most part so of course you can get around. I do not care where you are from, you do NOT drive up an icy hill.


January 8th, 2010
6:11 am

Top 5 Things you’re likely to see when a snowflake falls in Atlanta:
5. Fistfights over flashlight batteries
4. National Guard surrounding Home Depot stores
3. Gleeful children building a mudman
2. TV stations running “Flakewatch 2010: Day One”
1. Midtowners eating their own feet to stay alive


January 8th, 2010
4:27 am

Have a happy, white Eastern Orthodox Christmas! (1/7/10).


January 8th, 2010
12:06 am

Watch out for the thugs Friday! Robbery time!


January 8th, 2010
12:01 am

If APS shuts down tomorrow I will take my son to breakfast at The Flying Biscuit. We can walk there so we won’t have to brave the icy roads.

And they are icy. It never really snowed here intown. It just sleeted all evening and now that sleet is freezing up and making the roads slick. I live on the slope of a hill and I can hear cars spinning in place (yes, they’re driving around at midnight!).

Jamie Gumbrecht

January 6th, 2010
11:33 pm

Just Curious — I think it’s different because it’s unplanned. For a holiday break, families know well in advance what days they’ll be taking off work, who will be watching the kids, whether they’ll be able to safely get from Point A to Point B, what will be open if they try to go out and have some fun at the library or the science museum. I grew up in Michigan, and we would sometimes have entire weeks off of school because of snow, ice, water main breaks and heating system malfunctions. We had a pretty solid knowledge of what was accessible and open on those days, and what wasn’t. Because snow days are relatively infrequent here, I think it’s helpful to have a place to share ideas.

Th world is ending

January 6th, 2010
11:32 pm

I have purchased two electric blankets, 25 candles and a significant number of glowsticks to keep me warm through not only this major snow problem but through the weekend. I will not be leaving the safety of my home and can only pray that nobody else does. This is going to be bad, please stay inside