Free & Cheap Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Forsyth County, GA.

I started Forsyth for Families a few years ago when I lost my job and had my two sweet girls to entertain and the entire summer ahead of us. Here is a list of some of our favorite places to visit and things to do in Forsyth County, GA.

Fowler Park playground in Cumming, GA

Forsyth County Parks – we are fortunate to have a wealth of parks available for our leisure. Here is a list of parks with plenty of resources. Central Park is a favorite hangout. The playground is under construction and due 9/14. Coal Mountain Park has a great shaded playground. Poole’s Mill has a wonderful creek and shady playground. Fowler Park is Forsyth County’s newest park. It is located on the Big Creek Greenway and is about the size of Central Park. It has a great skate park, playground, fields, a dog park and lots of trails. The Greenway is a great place to take the kids and ride bikes.

Lake Lanier parks and campgrounds – Shady Grove campground opens annually in March, signaling the new Spring season for camping, hiking, playing and visiting all of the wonderful parks on the lake. Here is a list of parks on Lake Lanier and what they offer.

Old Atlanta spray pad – new in 2014 is a new spray park at Old Atlanta Park!

Movies 400 – free summer movies in Cumming, GA on Tuesday and Thursdays at 10:00 am. The concession stand offers a special size $1.00 Popcorn and $1.00 Soda for these showings only. Join us this summer for free movies. Bring a can of food or school supplies to support the canned food drive and receive a free popcorn! (Free Family Film Festival Size only, Limit One Per Customer)

There are free outdoor movies in the summer season with Movies in the Park by Southern Outdoor Cinema.

Forsyth County Public Library – activities, puppet shows and a calendar for story time keep the library a fresh fun place to go. Plus checking out books keeps our reading library replenished at no cost!

Cumming Aquatic Center – the new aquatic center offers lots of outdoor and indoor fun! Swim lessons, birthday parties and more.

Catch Air – a cool and spacious jumpy place with weekly specials. They have a new magic wall and a preschooler area. They are adding neat things and keep it fun for the kids. One of our favorite places to go. Follow on FB or sign up for the newsletter for deals.

Barnes & Noble at The Collection – story time and other fun events at the B&N in Cumming, GA.

Monkey Joe’s – Cumming, GA – jumpy place. Follow on FB, sign up for newsletter for coupons. They have run a few Groupons and Living Social deals as well.

Michaels – arts and crafts classes are offered at the Michael’s in Cumming, GA off Market Place Blvd.

Lowe’s – offers kids classes to build all kinds of fun things. Lowe’s in Cumming, GA off Market Place Blvd.

Home Depot offers craft workshops on the first Saturday of each month. Located off of Market Place Boulevard.

Sawnee Mountain – pack a picnic and head for a hike at Sawnee Mountain Preserve. There is also a small playground and picnic tables.

The Ice – New ice skating rink in Cumming, GA. Dress warmly and learn to skate a figure eight!

Let’s Roll Skate and Fun Center – Family roller skating center – fun for everyone. Check their FB page for events and discounts.

Stars & Strikes – Bowling, laser tag, bumper cars, arcade, restaurant. See their FB page for specials. Kids bowl free in the summer!

Cumming Playhouse – offering plays, musicals, concerts, and catered fine dining on select performances.

Kinsey Family Farm – pumpkin season starts in September, hay rides, nursery, apple cannon, fun!

Glazed & Fired – a new paint-your-own pottery and art studio in Cumming, GA! They have lots of programs for the summer.

Artistic Adventures – Art classes in Pottery | Drawing | Acrylics | Watercolor | Glass fusion | Oils. Summer camps too. Check their FB page as well.

Warbington Farms – a local pick-your-own strawberry farm right here in Cumming, GA!

Cumming Aquatic Center – a wonderful place to swim, have a birthday party, swim laps. learn to swim, take lessons, classes and more!

Nearby Activities in Surrounding Counties

Waterparks around Atlanta – I just learned of the one, Bogan, near Mall of Georgia. Great list here and although there is a cost, some like Bogan are real deals.

Fountains of Atlanta – we love to pack a picnic lunch and visit the free fountains within 30 minutes of our house in the heat of summer for a cool treat.

Splash Park Rotary Island in Dawson County – Rotary Island is a new interactive water playground at Rock Creek Park. Here is the 2015 schedule.

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center
Autrey Mill, located in Alpharetta, has miles of walking trails, a Heritage Village with original buildings and artifacts from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, animal exhibits and replicas of Native American dwellings. All activities on the grounds are free.
9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022.

Chattahoochee Nature Center – walking trails and educational sessions with a low cost admission is fun for the whole family.

Wills Park Wacky World and Disc Golf is a 110-acre park featuring baseball fields, a disc golf course, lighted tennis courts, picnic pavilions, walking trails and two large playgrounds, including “Wacky World,” a unique kingdom that kids rave about. Situated at the edge of the park is the Alpharetta city pool, which has a diving well with three boards, a shaded kiddie pool, shaded and open deck areas and a concession stand.

Suwanee Town Center Park and Playtown Suwanee – a bit further away but adventure awaits with an interactive fountain, lots of greenspace and a great shady playground.

Treetop Quest – Treetop obstacle course, zip lining and canopy tour for all ages in Buford and Dunwoody. Check their FB page for events and promotions.

North Georgia Premium Outlets – playground, food court and outdoor shops for window shopping and enjoying the outdoors.

i Shop Lollipop – toy store, jumpy place by North Georgia Premium Outlets. One of our favorites. Follow on FB, get email newsletter for coupons/sales.

Lake Lanier Canopy Tours – gain a new perspective while you zip line through the trees at Lake Lanier Islands.

North Georgia Zoo – visit the zoo and petting zoo and check out all the cute animals. They have lots of events – sign up for the newsletter to stay informed.

Sky Zone Trampoline Park – let the kids jump away their energy in this new park in Suwanee, Georgia.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve and Zoo – a wildlife encounter just north of Cumming, GA located in Dahlonega, GA.



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