With spring break approaching, it's time to figure out some ways to keep the kids happily occupied – without breaking the bank.
These five can't-miss deals on Atlanta’s go-to destinations will provide fun for the whole family and some pretty easy ways to save money while doing so:
Tellus Science Museum, 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville. 770-606-5700. http://tellusmuseum.org.
Tellus is hosting seven days of specially themed programs and activities over spring break, which includes a daily costume contest, starting April 3.
Ways to save: Tellus participates in the Museums on Us program that lets Bank of America/Merrill Lynch cardholders have free admission for the first full weekend (consecutive Saturday and Sunday) of each month.
Active military personnel with ID are admitted free, and their dependents are admitted for half price.
The aquarium suggests the following experiences during spring break:
- Animal Encounters: A behind-the-scenes experience with an aquatic animal
- SunTrust Pier 221: A live sea lion training session
- The AT&T Dolphin Celebration
- Behind-the-Scenes Tours
- The 4D Funbelievable Theater
Ways to save: From March 1-March 31 (excluding March 17), the aquarium is discounting admission for college students to $25.95 plus tax at the ticket window. You'll need your student ID, and the discount is valid Monday-Friday after 2 p.m. only.
The aquarium also gives a discount of 20 percent on weekdays and 10 percent on weekends when you buy your tickets online and choose an arrival time between 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
And if you're a Georgia resident, you can visit the aquarium for free on your birthday by showing you ID at a ticket window.
Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055, ext. 238. http://www.chattnaturecenter.org.
A Back to Your Roots Farm Fair will be held at the CNC on April 2 from noon-4 p.m. Bring a picnic to share with your family, and you can enjoy live music, watch a milking demonstration and meet some farm animals.
The CNC also hosts Camp Kingfisher's Spring Break Camp from April 3-7, 2017 for kids in kindergarten through seventh grade.
Ways to save: If you're planning to enroll your child in camp, you'll save $80 if you're a member. Family memberships are $90, and you'll get free passes to distribute when you register for spring break camp.
Children's Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-659-5437. http://childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
Kids can enjoy story time, a mini-musical and a science show daily during the week of spring break, and they'll also be able to create build-it lab projects such as a slingshot car.
Ways to save: Memberships provide free admission for a year, plus additional discounts. If you buy a new membership by March 31, you'll get $10 off, plus an additional bonus month.
Fulton County residents can buy one ticket and get one free on the opening day of each feature exhibit, and military families can receive a discounted rate of $11.95 plus tax.
Popular attractions such as the Summit Skyride, Ride the Ducks and the SkyHike adventure ropes course will be open during spring break, and you'll want to stay for a nightly Lasershow Spectactular.
Ways to save: A flash sale is currently underway that offers an Adventure Pass, which includes attractions, for $21.95 plus tax (a savings of $5). You can use the ticket through April 9. If you visit the park often, Membership and Membership Plus benefits can help you save with free guest passes and other discounts.
Gas South customers can take advantage of additional savings on Adventure Passes and memberships, and military discounts are also available.