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 Atlanta Budget Friendly Family Fun
Spring is here! The bees are buzzing, birds chirping, and there is sidewalk chalk… EVERYWHERE. Lucky for us, the rain will wash it away. Unfortunately, the rain won’t wash away the current economic slump that we’re in or the current gas prices, so while you may think that hopscotch and chalky drawings are the only activities in your budget this summer - have we got a treat for you! Picture this, the whole family enjoying a summer picnic at Centennial Olympic Park for their Fourth Saturday Family Fun Day. There are many activities planned for children including workshops, performances, crafts and much more! Psst… Did we mention it’s free! This event begins the fourth Sunday in April (4/23) and ends on the fourth Sunday in September (9/24). Get more details at

Now while most of us are “tightening our belts”, so to speak, wouldn’t it be great if you had at least one child that was skilled in carpentry?? Patching up that hole your cousin made at the Christmas party last year wouldn’t seem so bad, right? Well, Home Depot offers free workshops for children every first Saturday of the month. While your children won’t really learn how to be carpenters, they will learn how to properly use tools and safely construct useful items. Find more information at your local Home Depot or check out This activity is recommended for children ages 5-12 and it is free, but you will still have to patch up that hole on your own.

If you have a little cash to spend, try a visit to the Starlight Six Drive-In Theatre. Located Intown, this theatre offers double feature movies priced at $7 for each adult, kids ages 3-9 for $1 each and children under 3 admitted free, this is a great value for families looking to enjoy new movies under the beautiful night sky. Bring a few snacks or dinner to go and you have everything you need. Although, be sure to bring cash. The theatre does not accept credit or debit cards. In case you forget, there are ATMs located on the grounds as well as a snack bar if you prefer. For more information visit

Interested in summer education for a good price? Take the family to the Fernbank Science Center! At the oh so wonderful price of $4 per adult and $3 for students and seniors. There are so many things to see and your children will love the observatory as well as exhibitions featuring dinosaurs, and cultural points of interest. There are several permanent exhibits and there are some special exhibits featured over the next few months. Explore the IMAX theatre if you want to catch a movie of astonishing proportions! For an additional charge the family can choose from several features and the IMAX experienced will have your kids talking for the rest of the summer!

Still looking for something right for your family? Try signing up for a daily deals site. These sites are great for providing really great coupons at 50% - 90% off of purchases to shows, restaurants, even for travel! It may seem like spam at first but there is definitely a deal for everyone. You could try popular sites like,,, – the list goes on & on! Just because we’re in a recession doesn’t mean we can’t afford to have a good time…the guilt you feel is just your mind not wanting to share these great summer deals but rest assured this one’s on us!

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