Since I grew up in Roswell, Georgia, I know a few things about all the city offers for kids. Roswell is one of the best family-centric Atlanta suburbs and even though it’s constantly growing and evolving, the city strives to keep families at the heart of everything they offer. It’s really a unique suburban oasis and destination city. Here are 5 fun things to do in Roswell GA with kids that your family will love.
5 Fun Things To Do In Roswell GA With Kids
The Roswell Cultural Arts Center
The Atlanta area is sprawling with theater options, but very few actually cater to children. It’s easy to miss the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, which is located just off of Canton Street (near City Hall), unless you know about it. They offer several show series that are designed with kids in mind.
Smaller in size, the venue makes it easy to introduce kids to the theater. The Roswell Family Series offers educational and interactive performances, while the Roswell Puppet Series offers seasonal shows throughout the year. No need to worry if you’ve got a youngster who likes to wiggle – they’ll still be welcomed at these Roswell Cultural Arts Center shows.
Bonus Activity: Check out the RosWall for your Instagram! It’s an intricate 125-footlong ceramic mosaic behind the Roswell Cultural Arts Center (created by artist Jeff Mather and local art students) – it took 11-years to complete. Symbolic and abstract pieces give the primarily blue and red wall rich meaning. Find it at 950 Forrest Street.
Roswell Recreation & Parks
The city of Roswell offers beautiful parks and outdoor areas. Vickery Creek Falls, Leita Thompson Park and The Chattahoochee River area are a few of my favorite scenic outdoor venues to relax with the family. However, one of the best hidden gems is the fantastic Roswell Recreation & Parks programs.
Sign your kids up for enriching classes and activities that they can participate in all year long. They have hundreds of class series and programs that are specifically designed for kids – from swim lessons to art. The programs are located at the different parks around the city, on both the East side and the West side.
The best part? They have classes for adults as well, so you can participate either alongside your kids or while they are doing their own class. All of their programs seem VERY budget-friendly too. If you do not have a Roswell address, you can still sign up for a slightly higher fee.
Southern Trilogy House Museums
It’s really never to early to introduce your kids to history. In my opinion, it’s easier to do on a local level when you’re first introducing them to history. Of all the things to do in Roswell GA, the Southern Trilogy Of House Museums is one of my favorites. I can’t believe it took me over thirty year of living in Roswell before exploring these museums! Don’t make that mistake.
The Southern Trilogy features three historic homes: Bulloch Hall, Barrington Hall and Smith Plantation. The homes tell the stories of the families who lived in them and the American South from 1838 to present times. The Antebellum homes are unique in their own right and were an integral part of city’s formation.
Fun fact: The dining room of Bulloch Hall was the setting of the wedding of Mittie Bulloch to Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. in 1853. The couple’s son, Theodore, became the 26th President of the United States.
Special events are held throughout the year and the homes are open to the public for tours. Kids love visiting the homes especially during the holiday season when their decorated with themed trees. Check out their event calendar for more details.
Roswell Ghost Tours
With Roswell’s eventful past that placed them in the heart of the Civil War, you’re guaranteed to find some lingering spirits around the city. The Roswell Ghost Tour is definitely going to be best for your tween and teens, but it’s a must-do attraction for those who love the paranormal.
Offered year round, the one-mile walking tour takes you to the historic downtown Roswell landmarks while your tour guide explains the history around the spirit’s activities. It’s offered at 8:30 p.m. every Monday, Friday and Saturday night – plus every night in October. They also offer monthly doggy leash nights as well.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Kids can explore the science and wildlife of the Chattahoochee River at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The center is a private education attraction that serves as an interpretive destination for watershed area. The 127-acre center offers programs and festivals throughout the year that are geared towards families.
You can explore the river on one of their guided canoe trips or attend the Flying Colors Butterfly Festival, which is held every spring. No matter what time of the year you go, there’s plenty of wildlife to see. They have aviaries, a beaver sanctuary, trails and a zip line course.
The center is stroller-friendly, but I definitely recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. Since a lot of the center’s attractions are outdoors, be prepared according to the weather. Check their event calendar for seasonal festivities.
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