Beat the Heat! Stay Cool This Summer

July 11, 2012

Fountains, Cheap Movies, Bowling and more!

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Polar bear at Central Park Zoo - He's cool!
WOW it's hot! Of course to stay cool you could simply stay indoors. Or try any number of things listed on the Macaroni Kid List - from library events to museum exhibits. But here are some of my top picks for ways to stay cool this summer (most of which are FREE except for Six Flags White Water and the new Geyser Towers at Stone Mountain Park). What do you do to stay cool and beat the heat?

Centennial Park Fountain of Rings - The Fountain of Rings is the centerpiece of Centennial Olympic Park and is one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in Georgia. Millions of international and local guests visit the Park every year to enjoy the world’s largest interactive fountain featuring the Olympic Ring symbol. Spash and play to keep cool all day! There are always families there enjoying the fountain. Except during showtime - it’s free to view the Fountain of Rings show (with music), which happens four times a day, 365 days a year, at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. 

Piedmont Park Legacy Fountain - The Promenade boasts the new Legacy Fountain (it opened last year) and two grand meadows, with views of the new wetlands and woodlands. The fountain features more than 70 jets, reaching up to 30 feet in the air and magnificent LED-lighting, capable of showcasing more than 1 million lighting configurations. Splash and play all day! Please put swim diapers on babies and toddlers! Fountain Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Brunswick Zone Bowling - Kids Bowl Free
Students 18 and younger get one free game of bowling every day in July and August. Sign up on the website and find the location nearest you!

AMF Summer Unplugged Free Bowling For Kids
At AMF, kids 15 and under can bowl for free all summer. Simply register and you'll get a weekly voucher for two free games per child per day through September 3. Shoe rental is not included.
Go to this website and register for free skating passes. Sparkles of Smyrna, Kennesaw and Hiram are participating. Dates of free skating and ages vary by location. (Eg. Smyrna is 12 and under, currently at select times on Mondays and Saturdays.)

Regal Summer Movie Express - Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. During this 9-week festival, participating Regal Cinemas will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00. A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute.

Movies at Merchants Exchange (Picture Show)
You can't beat the prices at this newly renovated theatre featuring recent releases! Everyday: $1.75;
Tuesday Pricing: $1.00; 3D Surcharge: $2.00

Six Flags White Water - Six Flags White Water (Marietta) is the largest waterpark in the South with 50 attractions, one of the world's tallest free-falls, and tons of great family rides and play areas. Enjoy Cliffhanger, Tornado, Little Squirt's Island, and much more. Now open daily through August 12th. DISCOUNTED SEASON PASSES THROUGH JUNE 17th - Get 2 for $99 (regular price for one visit for anyone 48" and up is $37.99, so it's a deal!) With your season pass you also get a booklet with free tickets for friends on select days, and other park savings coupons. I got ours! Can't wait to go.

Geyser Towers at Stone Mountain Park
Brand new to Stone Mountain Park is Geyser Towers. Multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels connect you to towering platforms that overlook the gushing geyser. With its sporadic eruptions and multiple offshoots, you can play in the spray or stay high and dry. The options, and the fun, are all yours. As an option for the littlest guests, toddlers can splash in a trickling creek while mom and dad relax in the shade.

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