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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
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.

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
2:05 pm

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


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.

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!

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.


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.

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.

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….


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.

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

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.


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!).


January 8th, 2010
12:06 am

Watch out for the thugs Friday! Robbery time!


January 8th, 2010
4:27 am

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


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
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
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.

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
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.


January 8th, 2010
8:30 am

Waffle House is open.


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..


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 or just find something on demand. In Atlanta, you have to play in the snow while you can – so that’s the first priority.


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!

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.


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 Again, a great, thoughtful posting Jamie. I hope you get lots of fresh ideas on the what-to-dos this am.


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.


January 8th, 2010
9:34 am

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


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.

turdblossom karl

January 8th, 2010
9:52 am

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

Cooter Burger

January 8th, 2010
9:53 am

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


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.


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
11:19 am

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


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
11:44 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
11:51 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
11:57 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.

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…

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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

Ole Guy

January 8th, 2010
10:06 pm

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