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Atlanta Staycation

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**This post is just my opinions about what our family has done. I was not given anything in exchange for this post.**

I know a StayCation is actually supposed to be when you stay HOME and vacation around. However… because I grew up in Atlanta and we stayed for FREE at my parents’ house, I considered what we did last week to, in fact, be a staycation.

Normally when we come to Atlanta, we have an agenda… birthday parties with cousins, holidays, VBS, etc. and we don’t really have time to get out and explore other than the local parks.

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We decided to pick some attractions in Atlanta to visit. We tried to keep it fairly cheap. All in all, we were able to StayCation in Atlanta and visit three different attractions for less than $300.

Our family is VERY active. The kids cannot sit still for very long and do not have long attention spans (they are 9, 7, 4, and 2). We looked for outdoors, family friendly and stroller friendly activities. Being able to bring in outside food and drinks were also a must.

First, we went to Zoo Atlanta. When we did live in Atlanta, we had a membership to the zoo. It has definitely been one of our favorite places to visit. The kids really enjoyed feeding the parakeets and seeing the pandas! The only downside was that it was SUPER crowded. I expected spring break traffic, but I did not expect the school field trips we ran into. When we left, I counted at least 30 buses in the parking lot. It was a zoo (pun intended) with all those kids running around! The Altanta Zoo can get pricey, but because we have a membership to our local zoo, we were able to get in for half price.

Next Up was the Chatahoochee Nature Center. This little gem is just down the road from where we used to live, but somehow we never actually made it over to check it out. The cost is reasonable. Our family of six got in for under $40. The Nature Center offers an indoor aquarium that focuses on how rivers work and how we can have a positive or negative impact on them. We explored the nature trails. We were able to take our stroller on the trails. It was a nice little hike. Other highlights were the predatory bird aviary, the bald eagle aviary, the butterfly garden, the beaver and the river boardwalk. This was a great place to get outside and run around. Plan to bring a picnic and stay for a while!

Our final big trip for the family was Stone Mountain. We opted to go all out and get the adventure pass plus meal deal. This got us all into all the attractions as well as a meal and unlimited refills on all the drinks. We had a blast riding the sky cab to the top of Stone Mountain and exploring. The kids took off running as soon as we got to the top. We then headed over to the attractions. Our adventure pass gave us access to mini golf, the sky hike ropes course, the great barn indoor play area, the geyser splash pad, train ride and more.

I think our favorite part of the day was the Sky Hike area. The big kids and super dad braved the high ropes course. Their harnesses were strapped on and they headed out on the above ground obstacle course. While they were playing above ground, the littles and I headed to the low ropes course. Little Sis, who is four, rocked the course and conquered the zip line with no fear! Big Brother also got to rock climb.

What does your family like to do to get away, or staycation?

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Fieldtrip- Georgia Sea Turtle Center

I am more and more liking this homeschooling stuff. This week, our family was able to pick up and head to the beach to spend some time with the grandparents. We packed up the school stuff and did our work on the balcony overlooking a gorgeous beach scene.

We were also able to visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center which was so interesting. The center itself was very education friendly. It was full of interactive displays that taught lots and lots of turtle facts. They had people posted throughout the center to answer questions and share about what they do to help sea turtles. The center itself was very kid friendly. Everything was in a big room so the kids could freely explore for themselves.

We headed over to the Sea Turtle center, not really knowing what to expect (sometimes it’s better that way).
This lift the flap fact finder is just one of the many interactive displays.

At this display, the monkey boy learned about the hazards that baby turtles face as they try to get from the nest to the ocean. He had to guide the “turtle” through many obstacles in this fun maze.

After we left the Information part of the center, we headed to the Sea Turtle Hospital. The Sea Turtle Center is all about rescuing and rehabilitating Sea Turtles. They had turtles who had been hit by boats, caught in fishing lines, eaten the wrong kinds of food and gotten too much gas in their bellies (which apparently makes them float without the ability to swim under water).
We didn’t have an agenda when we headed out this morning other than to go see what they had to offer at the Sea Turtle Center. While we were there, I could think of tons of ideas to bring school into the experience- questions to answer, scavenger hunts to find information, all kinds of turtle projects to make from the information we gathered.

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