If you’ve got an extremely active young child, you might find that getting him or her tuckered out isn’t easy. Toddlers and preschoolers like to run, their attention jumps from one thing to another with lightning speed, and, it seems, the messier the activity, the more they like it.
Fortunately for metro Atlantans, there are myriad options for tiring out those little legs. And with summer vacation just days away, there will be even more choices available, mostly starting during Memorial Day weekend (public pools will open!).
Granted, your child might still be chock full of energy after completing some of the activities, but when bedtime rolls around, getting them to sleep will likely be a lot quicker. Now, what parent doesn’t like that idea?
- Public pools. Check out the operating schedules for pools in the City of Atlanta, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Cobb County just to name a few. Nothing quite brings on the heavy eyelids like a few hours in a cool pool under the hot sun. **Please note: be sure to call each facility to get the most up-to-date information on pricing and hours; some web sites may not be updated regularly.
- Sky Hike at Stone Mountain Park. Don’t be fooled by the name of this adventure course; there is a less daunting, closer-to-the-ground version of it toward the back of the enclosed area. Your child (who must be at least 44 inches in height and wearing closed-toe shoes) can practice their balancing and negotiating skills, as well as get a bit of a thrill from the zip line. Let them go over it again and again to keep those hearts pumping and legs moving. A One-Day Adventure Pass, which would include Sky Hike entry, is $27 for people ages 12 and up, $21 for children ages 3 to 11. Check here for other deals.
- Public parks/playgrounds. Sure, you’ve been to your neighborhood park a million times, but how about taking the kids on a mini-tour of some familiar and new parks in and around your community? Map out 3-4 parks you’d like to visit and figure out how long you’ll stay. Save an unfamiliar play space for last and let that be the longest visit. To keep rising fuel costs in check, keep your tour to no more than five miles from your home. Pack some snacks and juice boxes, and let the good times roll. A few play areas to try if they're near you:
Chastain Park (City of Atlanta)
DeShong Park (Gwinnett County)
Wade Walker Park (DeKalb County)