Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with Discover Atlanta for this opportunity. I am being sponsored to write this post, but all opinions expressed are my own.
Sometimes, you just need a mini-vacation to regroup and take a break from reality for a little while. Thankfully, living in Nashville means we are located close to many fun destinations. Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to take my family to Atlanta for the weekend. Discover Atlanta offered to set us up with some fun activities and accommodations for the weekend. Atlanta is such a great, easy getaway if you’re in Nashville. It’s a quick drive and the family-friendly activities are abundant.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Buckhead
We left Friday morning to head down there and check in at our AMAZING hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Buckhead. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like royalty, just book a night here. The staff is top-notch! We don’t have a single complaint. The rooms are a great size, which if you have kids with you, you’ll learn to love the extra room for them to play in. This is definitely a kid-friendly hotel! Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about this place.
Center for Puppetry Arts
Our first adventure we set out on was to check out the Center for Puppetry Arts. This is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to puppetry. Unfortunately, we missed the performances, but we’ve heard really good things about them. We spent plenty of time checking out all of the amazing puppets on display. Currently, they are featuring Jim Henson and the kids loved seeing so many of their favorite characters. This is the largest collection of Jim Henson’s work. It was really amazing to see the history of all of the different kinds of puppets.
Tip: Ask for a Create-a-puppet To Go Kit!
One thing we loved seeing while we drove around Atlanta was all of the greenspace. For such a big and busy city, Atlanta had so many parks! We stopped by Piedmont Park to run around for a little while. The views were so amazing and the kids had a blast rolling down the grassy hills. Piedmont would be perfect for packing a picnic lunch and spending a while walking around and playing. The heat was just a bit too much for us to bear.
Tip: There’s free street parking around the park.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
After a heavenly night of sleep at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, we started out the next day with some room service before we headed out for the next adventure. Our first stop for the day was the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. It was a blast! Maddie was obsessed with the grocery store and restaurant section. She did leave it long enough to march in the Parade of Nations! Mason was all over the place, trying out the different activities and exploring. This was such a great stop for a wide variety of ages- they even have a special toddler section for those little ones.
Tip: There are special programs put on every day. Make sure to check the schedule before you go!
That’s only part 1! Check back tomorrow to see the rest of the fun!