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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

C from Marietta

January 8th, 2010
12:30 pm

If you don’t like the article why BLOG vemon? Are you people that miserable that you need to hate on an article, about how to spend a snow day? Get a life folks.

Thanks Needabailout, too for exactly what I was thinking.

Needabailout, too!

January 8th, 2010
12:14 pm

Nasty comment posting is non-specific to any topic. It’s a new phenomena that has ridden the online media wave whenever public comments are solicited. It gives the anonymous poster freedom from retribution or responsibility for their actions, coupled with freedom of speech. Their comments are either a true snapshot of rising intolerance, arrogance, hatred, superiority, call it whatever–or it is a ruse to provoke outrage in the rest of us. Many times it’s not worth the time reading these baseless rants. We’re talking only about time-fillers on a snow day, something we are all collectively experiencing–not yankees vs. rebels, lack of individual driving abilities, the state of education today, workers vs. loafers, weather hysteria, etc. I’m just waiting for someone to inject racism as it relates to 15 degree weather…


January 8th, 2010
11:57 am

Kids can…
Clean up their room.
Read a book.
Call up their grandparents on the phone and say hi.
Play with the dog.
Make some brownies.
Make a snowman.
Drink some hot chocolate.
Catch up on their homework.


January 8th, 2010
11:51 am

Well, we know what some people do on Snow Days!! They write nasty comments on blogs. Personally, I always look at it as a gift day and just enjoy!


January 8th, 2010
11:44 am

Jamie, I want to commend you on this story. It actually is very pertitent especially in this economy and people may not have the funds to pay for alternate care. Also, I know of individuals who work for companies who penalize them financially, if they take a day off due to school snow days. I think your article will allow parents to share ideas with one another. For those who are making comments off topic, please allow those who the story pertains to have discussion. Have a great day!


January 8th, 2010
11:32 am

About ten years ago Gwinnett caught hell for canceling school for the next day based on a forecast and the next day turned out to be sunny and cold. Now they wait until the middle of the night to make their decisions. I agree with that. As for fun, when I lived up north we would put on our plastic boots, grab the back of a car and ski down the icy streets.


January 8th, 2010
11:19 am

I bet Paul wishes he would have waited a bit before he posted yesterday.


January 8th, 2010
11:18 am

I was out at 5:30 this morning, no problems getting to work. Did not ride on anyones car bumper, stayed away from groups of cars and took my sweet ol time, made it no problem, then got to work and found out the office was not opening until 10:00, they made that announcement at 6:30 and I was at work at 6:15. But all is good, hope everyone enjoyed sleeping in late today, and kids have a save,happy and fun extra day.


January 8th, 2010
10:43 am

Some of you are so out of touch with reality when it pertains to education. Trust me when I tell you that closing schools is the last option for superintendents. They try so hard to wait until the last second before he/she makes that cancellation phone call. The superintendents and boards are monitored very closely by the Dept. of Education when it comes to hours students spend in a classroom for instruction. Now, I do admit that this article was one that shouldn’t have been published. It serves absolutely no purpose…not even for entertainment.

Cooter Burger

January 8th, 2010
9:53 am

Wow Paul you really called that one. Good job buddy.