Looking for a new place to explore with your family this spring? We’re here to help. If you’re interested in a family trip to the metro Atlanta area, you’ll find everything you need in Sandy Springs. Just minutes away from Atlanta, and with 21 hotels and almost 3,000 hotel rooms, Sandy Springs offers a wide range of accommodations, plenty of kid-friendly features, and access to everything the metropolitan area has to offer. 

Here’s a list of can’t-miss activities and attractions to explore with kids in Sandy Springs, broken down by age group, and complete with suggestions for what to do when April showers get in the way of outdoor plans.

Things To Do In Sandy Springs With Preschool and Elementary School Aged Kids

For A Rainy Day: Ready Set FUN! Indoor Playspace

Looking for indoor activities for an adventurous kid? Head to Ready Set FUN! This indoor playspace and event venue, offering interactive learning experiences, is the perfect place for imaginative kiddos. The team at Ready Set FUN! is dedicated to providing a safe, fun, and educational environment for young children. The best part is that they also have a coffee shop for parents to enjoy while their kids play.  

For A Day With Perfect Weather: Abernathy Greenway Playable Art Park

You can expose your child to whimsical pieces of art, while enjoying exercise and fresh air at the Abernathy Greenway Playable Art Park. This unique award-winning park features one-of-a-kind sculptures that were designed to be functional pieces in a playground. The beautiful landscaping and long linear pathway make it a great spot for a leisurely walk with strollers, too.

Charming little girl on the red swing set at Abernathy Greenway Playable Art Park

For A Unique Experience: La Dee Da Children’s Art Studio

If you have a creative kid who loves to draw and paint, you’ll love La Dee Da Studio. This Sandy Springs children’s art studio offers classes, camps and parties where kids can explore their own creativity through artistic expression. Their programs can accommodate kids of different skill levels and ages from two to ten. Visitors looking for something a little more flexible will enjoy their Open Studio hours on Fridays and Sundays from 2 to 5 pm unless there is another event noted on their calendar. Open Studio cost is $12 per child which gives you access to all of our supplies, and from there on add a project of your choice. Project costs vary from $5 - $35. Kids will have unlimited access to all the glitter, pom-poms, sequins and more, and they can create whatever they desire. They also offer grab-n-go art and craft kits that are perfect for a variety of ages so your children can get creative anywhere! 

For Something Everyone In The Family Will Love: Morgan Falls Overlook Park

With a large playground, walking trails, a picnic area, and views of the Chattahoochee River, the beautiful Morgan Falls Overlook Park is very popular with adults and kids of all ages. Anyone over the age of five can even enjoy a day on a paddleboard with a rental from High Country Paddle Shack! And great park programing is available to residents and guests alike.

Things To Do In Sandy Springs With Middle School and High School Aged Kids

For A Rainy Day: The Springs Cinema and Taphouse

Seeing a movie is a classic rainy day activity, and The Springs Cinema and Taphouse takes family movie night to a whole new level. This luxury movie theater offers self-serve ticket kiosks, reserved seating in heated reclining chairs (warning – comfortable, heated seating may lead to naps), and new digital projection and audio. In addition to traditional concessions, they also offer a menu with pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, churro donuts and funnel cake fries. The Springs Cinema and Taphouse screens a wide range of movies including commercial releases, independent films, and classic Hollywood hits. Families can currently enjoy movies like The Batman, Uncharted, Sing 2, and Spiderman: No Way Home. On Wednesdays and Sundays, the theater also shows throwback movies like the Harry Potter series. 

For A Day With Perfect Weather: Island Ford and Powers Island

If you want to explore the Chattahoochee River during your time in Sandy Springs, head to one of these units of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Powers Island is home to an outpost of the Nantahala Outdoor Center, where guests can rent kayaks, paddleboards, tubes and rafts, and enjoy a day on the water. Island Ford is also a great place to put in a kayak if have your own or rent one to bring. Both parks also have excellent trails for hiking and picnic tables for a scenic lunch spot. Check out our guide for exploring the CRNRA for more trip suggestions.

For A One-of-a-Kind Experience: Battle and Brew

Battle and Brew is a unique gaming-themed restaurant with hundreds of console, VR, PC and tabletop games. The first restaurant of its kind in metro Atlanta, they’re known for their 21-and-over nightlife, but they do allow under-21 guests during the day. They have games suitable for casual players, hardcore gaming fans, and complete newbies. You can take your teens to enjoy their favorite video games, or the whole family can play one of Battle and Brew’s many board games all together.

Groups play video games at Battle and Brew

For Something The Whole Family Will Love: East Palisades

Of the three units of the National Park Service’s Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area located in Sandy Springs, East Palisades offers the most challenging hiking trails, along with plenty of family photo-ops. Known for its bamboo forest and scenic overlook of the river, East Palisades is worthy of a post on any family member’s TikTok, Instagram, or Facebook. It also includes a slightly more challenging hike than Powers Island or Island Ford, so active families with older children will be sure to love this park.

Looking for even more kid-friendly activities in Sandy Springs?  Check out our “Things to Do” page HERE! Sandy Springs is home to many parks, restaurants, and attractions that you and your children will enjoy. Sandy Springs is also just a short drive or MARTA ride from many other metro Atlanta attractions, making it the perfect place to stay when you visit the area.