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Winter Activities for Toddlers in Atlanta

by Amy Sutton

Atlanta, nestled along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, is home to more than 5.3 million residents, making it the most populated city in Georgia. Whether your family lives in this bustling city or you are planning a visit during the winter months, you'll find there are an assortment of entertaining activities for your toddler.

Animal Activities

Take your toddler on a visit to the Georgia Aquarium (georgiaaquarium.org) for activities the entire family will enjoy. You'll see sea life, including dolphins, whales, sharks, sea turtles and an array of tropical fish. You can catch a show while you're there, like the AT&T Dolphin Tales show or Frogs - A Chorus of Colors. You can also visit Zoo Atlanta (zooatlanta.org), even in the winter. Your toddler will love seeing the orangutans, panda bears, reptiles, amphibians and all sorts of birds and other animals. Take a ride on the train or go 'round and 'round on the carousel. You can even attend special events that continue throughout the winter, like Stroller Cubs for babies and toddlers up through age two or Adventure Cubs for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Museums

Plan a visit to one of the museums in Atlanta with your tot. Imagine It! (childrensmuseumatlanta.org/) is a children's museum featuring an assortment of hands-on interactive exhibits. Your little one can play in Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You or crawl around in the Crawl Space. There are also Tools for Solutions and Let Your Creativity Flow. Attend special events in the winter, like Exploring Brains or the Chinese New Year Celebration. Or, take your toddler to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History (fernbankmuseum.org). At this museum, your child can check out the dinosaurs in Dinosaur Plaza or walk through a cave and listen to the sounds of a swamp in A Walk Through Time In Georgia. Special events take place throughout the winter months, including a Butterfly Bash and Tadpole Tales.

Indoor Play Places

If your toddler needs somewhere to burn off some excess energy on a chilly winter day, take her to Leapin' Lizards Play and Party Center (leapinlizardsplay.com). This indoor play center features 20,000 square feet of inflatables to keep kids ages 10 and under busy. There are climbing areas, slides, bounce houses and even a Toddler Town play area. Or, you can drop by Mighty Jumps (mightyjumps.com) for some play time. There are obstacle courses, giant slides and all sorts of bounce houses to play in. The Toddler Area is for kids 3 and under and features activities designed to encourage play and healthy development in little ones.

Library Activities

Take your child to one of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Libraries (afplweb.com) for some free activities in the winter. There are 33 locations throughout the county to choose from. At the Buckhead Branch Library (no website; 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta; 404-814-3500), your toddler can participate in Toddler Storytime for stories, singing, fingerplays, action rhymes and puppets. Time for Twos and Threes takes place regularly at the Northside Branch Library (no website; 3295 Northside Parkway, Atlanta; 404-814-3508). Participate in some Valentine's Day activities with your toddler at the Southwest Branch Library (no website; 3665 Cascade Rd., Atlanta; 404-699-6363), where you can make crafts and listen to stories with your little one.

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