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Free family fun at the High Museum of Art

September 19, 2017
Free Admission Day at High Museum of Art

I love Atlanta. You may have been able to tell, by my blog’s title. Some days, I love Atlanta more than others. The day Lucie and I went down to the “Second Sunday” at the High Museum was one of those days.

It was the day before hurricane Irma swept into town. Along with the rest of the city (maybe state, even), I was anxious. We needed to get out and have some fun, before it was time to hunker down for the storm.

I’d been dying to see the Andy Warhol print collection at the High, but wasn’t sure if I could justify the expense given my 6-year-old’s short attention span. Then I realized that once a month, every second Sunday, the museum offers free general admission along with free family activities. Lucie and I hopped on Marta to check it out.

What a fantastic experience! As soon as we crossed the bridge from Arts Center station (which is extremely convenient to Woodruff Arts Center), Jazz music greeted us. Woodruff’s lawn was set up with not only a band, but drink stations and food vendors (a future adult day date may be in order.)

The first thing Lucie wanted to do was take a spin on the “Merry Go Zoo,” a really cool installment just outside the High’s entrance. Art that you can touch! While many of the kids drew with sidewalk chalk or blew bubbles (all provided by the museum), we were drawn to an area where volunteers were handing out easels and oil pastels to the budding artists.

high museum of art outside installment

Their “assignment” was to draw the majestic oak tree on the lawn — and Lucie took it very seriously. It was so cool to watch this whole group of people, from all walks of life, gathering on the lawn and drawing interpreting this tree in different ways.

free family arts and crafts at woodruff arts center

When I finally dragged Lucie into the museum, the exhibits did not disappoint. It was crowded, but it took no time to get through the admissions line — the nice people at the High even gave us some free Warhol coasters! Warhol was incredible — particularly the way they juxtaposed his darker pieces (like “Electric Chair“) with more iconic work, like the Marilyns.

My favorite, though, was the folk and self-taught art exhibit. Lucie and I were both fascinated by Howard Finster. There was so much to take in, I think I’ll go another day kid-free.

howard finster sculpture high museum

I’d recommend the High’s Second Sundays to any family looking for an affordable adventure, with a little education. NOTE: while the Warhol exhibition has since ended, there’s no shortage of inspiring artwork and sights to check out at the High Museum.

Day Trips Kids Outdoors

We Heart: Serenbe – Things to Do on a Day Trip to Serenbe

June 26, 2016
things to do at serebe

If you’ve never been there, you might know Serenbe as the place where your friends had their engagement photos taken, or the place where all the rich tree-huggers live. Perhaps you met a friend there years ago for a nice dinner. Or, maybe you’ve never heard of it at all.

Located about an hour south of Atlanta, Serenbe is a little hard to describe. It’s a neighborhood. It’s a farm. It’s a vacation destination of sorts, with an inn and lots of activities. There are restaurants and shops to explore.

The first time I stopped at Serenbe, it felt eerily quiet and perfect — almost like that town Spectre from the movie Big Fish. While some have called Serenbe pretentious and creepy, I think that’s because it’s such a change of pace. You can park your car for free, without worrying about getting towed or booted for crying out loud. It’s the only place I’d want to move, that’s OTP.

You could easily drop a bunch of money on dinner, with wine and even a bed & breakfast stay (which is probably where you’ll find us on our anniversary in a couple of months.) But Serenbe is also an affordable day-trip for Atlanta families! There’s something about it that makes you feel so far away from the city, even though you’re really not.

Wandering around Serenbe in itself, with its many walking trails, shops, restaurants, open houses, and things to see, is enough to fill a day. But, here are some more of our favorite things to do.

Things to do at Serenbe

Petting zoo (free)

Stop by the visitor’s center (near the Farmhouse restaurant) for a free bucket of animal feed, and take a stroll over to the farm. You’ll find friendly goats, pigs, chickens, sheep, bunnies, donkeys, llamas that are eager to say “hello.” The animals are mostly enclosed (some inside a low-voltage electric fence), but you can easily pet and feed them.

petting zoo at serenbe

Ken’s new friends at the Serenbe petting zoo.

In-ground trampoline and rope swings (free)

Just outside the Farmhouse restaurant, there’s a grassy knoll with several free activities for passers-by. Our daughter loves to bounce on the trampoline. There are some quaint, wooden rope swings to lounge on, and a little spot to shoot some hoops.

Serenbe Playhouse ($$)

We just saw our first Serenbe Playhouse performance — Charlotte’s Web. The small acting troupe puts on several performances per year, and while there is a permanent playhouse venue at Serenbe, they actually move the location around based on what the play is. For Charlotte’s Web, they actually had the performance inside the petting zoo/farm, so the backdrop was the animals and animal noises. How cool is that?

serenbe playhouse charlottes web

Meeting the stars of “Charlotte’s Web” at Serenbe

We loved Charlotte’s Web and found it to be the perfect venue for Lucie’s first play. It was interactive, informal, and they had special spots set out in front so the children could be closer to the action. They also sell refreshments and souvenirs at these. Highly recommended!

Open Houses/Dreaming (free)

It’s not just us who likes to pretend to be rich and go to open houses that are way too expensive for us…right? There are always open houses and model homes to walk through, for daydreaming and inspiration. You can search Serenbe properties and open houses here.

Farmers & Artisans Market (free)

Saturday mornings from May-October, local farmers, artists and other vendors gather at Serenbe. They often feature chef demos and other activities. They also offer farm tours for $8 per person.

As the community continues to grow, I’m sure there will be more family activities to explore. We love visiting Serenbe, and say it’s definitely worth a day trip — especially for in-town folks looking for an inexpensive escape.

What are your favorite day trips from Atlanta?