American Girl Boutique & Bistro
North Point Mall
1202 North Point Circle
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Chances are, if you’re a parent to a young girl, then you’re familiar with the American Doll phenomenon. The collections of dolls are insanely popular, but it’s the tailor-made boutiques that house all the fun. This place is paradise for a young girl. Here, she can dine with her doll while having tea parties complete with cakes and other treats, visit the customized salon to keep her doll looking neat and fresh, or shop for accessories for her doll. It’s a dream come true for any girly girl! Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive
Atlanta, GA 30313
A great place to play, learn and explore, Imagine It! is the perfect place to take your young child to let them indulge themselves in the myriad of playful possibilities at hand. There are live performances featuring acting, dancing and singing, as well as the Morph Gallery that has exhibits like: Fundamentally Food, Leaping into Learning and Let Your Creativity Flow. A visit here guarantees hours of fun that parents might enjoy more than kids! Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
A favorite for young kids for several years running, the Center for Puppetry Arts is one of the best places to take your child to ensure an afternoon of imagination, entertainment and fun. The performances here are year round, always innovative and fully involving kids in the audience. For the 2010 holiday season, there is the hugely popular performance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – a crowd favorite. Whether young or old, no one can resist a puppet show. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.