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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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turdblossom karl

January 8th, 2010
9:52 am

Options? well, we’ve got internet porn, or maybe some nude sledding! Possibilities are endless.

Dan

January 8th, 2010
9:51 am

Fred I don’t know what part of Yankee land you are from but I assure you the northeast is far more hilly than Atlanta. But the article is kind of humerous, what to do where to go with the free day. Well the only option should be to stay home and enjoy, if in fact you can get out and play there really should not have been a snow day?? Not begrudging a day off but seriously there is zero reason people couldn’t get to work today in most parts of the city. I am sure a few folks have an icy hill they can’t get up but that is no reason to shut down the city. It is much more about a three day weekend than safety.

null

January 8th, 2010
9:34 am

“Brave the elements”? You have GOT to be kidding, right?

Rich

January 8th, 2010
9:21 am

What does Yankees making fun of Southerners for not knowing how to drive in snow and ice and the overused saying of Delta is ready when you are? Doesn’t make sense.

Wendy

January 8th, 2010
9:18 am

Jamie! Kudos to you for a great idea this morning. To all the sad, unhappy rantists, well, I just hope you either change your attitude or move back to where ever it is that you originally hail. Michael and Jennifer have it correctly. I can’t help but believe that this type of negativity is exactly what is portrayed in life, not just on ajc.com. Again, a great, thoughtful posting Jamie. I hope you get lots of fresh ideas on the what-to-dos this am.

Happy teacher

January 8th, 2010
9:03 am

I’ll spend the day enjoying being with my own kids. We’ll play some BOARD games, not video games, make some hot chocolate, and have soup and sandwiches. :) Only a tad bit of snow here in Henry, so we’ll play with what we can and then play inside.

HT

January 8th, 2010
8:56 am

Ah yes, my favorite time of the year. The time where Yankees make fun of southerners for not knowing how to drive in the snow and ice, happens every year. You people are so predictable. Delta is waiting when you are!

Sue

January 8th, 2010
8:53 am

We’re headed to the golf course for a little sledding. Kids have already been out throwing snowballs. After everyone is too cold – or the snow is all gone, I’ll let them play the wii for probably too long while I get some work done. If the roads get better, maybe we’ll brave the elements and head to a cheap movie http://www.fieldtripswithsue.com/2010/01/cheap-movies.html or just find something on demand. In Atlanta, you have to play in the snow while you can – so that’s the first priority.

diane

January 8th, 2010
8:52 am

WHY are so many poeple getting so serious about a small article on the weather in the online paper. the internet is full of absolutley fluff reports people who take this more than what it is-a space filler- needs to lighten up. It’s just a suggestion. If the article was on what’s to watch on tv I am sure there would be many complaining about wasting time watching the boob tube. If all you have to do is criticize find something really important to gripe about..

Tony

January 8th, 2010
8:30 am

Waffle House is open.