For all that South Side Riders does for people—from lessons to trail rides to children's pony parties—it's their horses that benefit the most. The saddle club rescues its horses from less-than-ideal situations across the state and trains them to become gentle, friendly animals that can fulfill the role of a riding companion or a model for saddle fashion shows. The noble steeds carry riders during lessons as well as trail rides, which either follow a path along neighboring streets on the Urban Ride or traverse acres of trails through Boundary Waters park.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center gives kids a little round-headed person's view of the world, surrounding them with blown-up versions of normally miniature plastic environments. At the Atlanta park, children ages 3 and older—and their adults—tour a factory that makes LEGO bricks, travel through a dungeon blasting skeletons with laser guns, and build and test their own race cars on a colorful track. Visitors can also enter the 4D Cinema, where 3D LEGO films are enhanced with in-theater weather effects such as wind and snow. They can also look out over LEGO-brick recreations of the local city that feature scale models of landmarks, trains, and airships.
An exploration of the bright world of plastic bricks doesn't have to end at the attractions. In a Master Builder Training Academy, experienced LEGO architects pass on their construction tips to eager students. To continue the fun at home, shops at each location house hundreds of current LEGO sets.
At Hop Around Play and Party Center, kids clamber through plastic tunnels, zigzag around obstacle courses, and bounce off the walls of colorful inflatables. They slip down slides and burn off extra energy during open play times or activity-filled birthday parties. Parties can be customized to accommodate between 8 and 40 kids and include a party attendant, play time, and use of a private party room.
Piedmont Park preserves the luxury of yesteryear. Designed in the late 1800s, the park's facilities have withstood the test of time with recreational halls that reflect the simplicity of its lush landscapes, and wetlands. Over the past 20 years, the Piedmont Park Conservancy has restored the park to its historic natural beauty, transforming a dilapidated space into a frequented green space. A slew of activities engage the community with outdoor programs ranging from environmental day camps to team sports such as soccer and softball. Park tours explore the history of the neighborhood and the weekly Green Market whets appetites with fresh produce from local farmers and thieving rabbits.
The Atlanta Fair is one of the largest inner-city fairs in the Southeastern United States. It offers a multitude of rides, food, games, and entertainment. Food and games are cash only, so bring some dollars if you're planning on winning a stuffed snake or snacking on funnel cake. Spend some time meandering around the family-friendly grounds in between the coasting, spinning, and whirling of your unlimited rides. Fair-going thrill seekers must abide by the rules of the rides; meaning "you must be this tall to ride," "keep your hands inside the vehicle," and "no affixing flux capacitors to the Tilt-a-Whirl in hopes of achieving time travel."
Created by the Lookingglass Theatre Company from Chicago, Lookingglass Alice offers an acrobatic and dizzyingly playful take on Lewis Carroll's double-dose of Victorian childhood wonder, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. As Alice falls, floats, and flies across Wonderland's chessboard on her way to becoming Queen Alice, chairs pop up from the floor, Tweedledee and Tweedledum tweedle-tumble across the stage, our heroine voyages across a swirling sea of blue, and much more. The remarkable cast of five often seems like a bursting circus of 40 as they switch costumes, juggle, ride unicycles, walk on stilts, and defy logic as often as they defy gravity.