Atlanta can’t seem to catch a break from the thunderstorms. It’s a miracle the city hasn’t floated down the Chattahoochee in the latest spate of storms. I’ve been hearing from so many friends about how frustrated they are trying to entertain their kids and get energy out while it’s raining.
One girlfriend was bemoaning taking her three kids to the movies. She likes getting out of the house but then they just sit there and don’t expend any energy. Also it’s very expensive. She says she’s inclined just to let them watch TV instead of paying for a movie. (FYI — “Monsters University” opens this Friday just in case. There’s a 20 percent chance of rain for Friday, Saturday and Sunday according to Channel 2.)
I told her she should go to one of the indoor trampoline parks like Sky Zone. Her kids are too big for a jumpy place but they need to get that energy out. (Be sure not to feed your kids before. Lilina threw up at a birthday party at one of those places. That was on Michael’s watch.)
One friend posted the cutest photos of her oldest child entertaining the younger kids with a magic show. I thought that was just adorable. I think it would be fun to head to a magic store, buy some tricks, practice the tricks and then put on a show for mom and dad or even the neighborhood. (Here’s the address for two magic stores in Atlanta. We used to go to Eddie’s Trick Shop when it was on Memorial Drive. My brother loved doing magic tricks. )
I am also seeing a lot of card games being played in photos on Facebook. Rose has taken up Klondike and Pyramid solitaire lately. She’ll spend hours in her bedroom just challenging herself to cards. She also likes Hearts on the computer.
A Wii party could be fun too and a good way to get the kids to move. Or what about a dance party? Or a cooking or crafting party? Or create a neighborhood play Mickey Rooney-style? Or skating or even better ice skating (let’s pretend to be cold)? Indoor mini golf? Bowling?
There are tons of museums and indoor tourist sites for kids in Atlanta. However, you have to find a cost-effective way to do several of them. Atlanta’s visitor’s bureau offers a CityPASS, which gives you almost 50 percent off of doing five activities in the city. You can choose from the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola, Inside the CNN Studio Tour, Zoo Atlanta, the Atlanta History Center, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History or the High Museum of Art. It’s $74 for adults and $54 for kids 3 to 12 and you have multiple days to visit.
I always like to promote the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville. All our buddies love going there. I guess it depends on how hard it’s raining though – if it would be difficult to drive there.
One of our editors suggested an underground MARTA adventure hitting Underground Atlanta, CNN Center, Peachtree Center. (We used to that in summer camp — take the MARTA just for the heck of it.) Legoland Discovery Center, the Center for Puppetry Arts or art studios like Wired and Fired could also work.
Another friend suggested just letting them play in the rain as long as it’s not thundering – let them stomp in puddles and make mudpies.
How are you entertaining your kids during these stormy days? What is you go-to place or activity when the kids have to get some energy out?