Summer break always has boring moments for kids but this year is unlike any other. There’s a high chance your kids are tired of their daily routine, and you probably are too. So, EAST COBBER’s Frugal FunMom has found more free and low-cost activities for families to enjoy together. If you and your kids are in need of a quick escape or just want something new to try at home, this week’s list of fun and frugal field trips is for you.
Friday, July 31: Riverside Park Sprayground
Splash around at Roswell’s sprayground! Kids of all ages can cool off and have fun. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day.
When: 10am-7pm Monday, Wednesday-Friday (closed Tuesday); 10am-6pm Saturday; Noon-6pm Sunday
Cost: $2 over 1 year old; good for the entire day.
Location: Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell
For more info: www.roswellgov.com/government/departments/recreation-parks-historic-cultural-affairs/parks-facilities/spraygroundsh
Saturday, August 1: Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market
Visiting a farmers market in an age of social distancing can be fresh, healthy and safe. So, come walk the Roswell Farmer’s Market, produce, honey, vegan cheeses, baked goods, jewelry and more all available from local vendors.
Location: Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Roswell
For more info: roswellfam.com
Sunday, August 2: Concord Covered Bridge Historic District
This Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour explores numerous historical sites and other prominent landmarks within and adjoining the Historic District. The narration will enrich you about the people and their lives from the 19th century when these lands were first settled.
You can take the Tour starting from three different locations around the Historic District and be guided Stop-by-Stop as you explore the sites and walk through history. An interactive Map on the App will update your progress. As you approach each Stop, the Audio track will automatically trigger as you approach the upcoming historical site. The Audio at each Stop will conclude with directions to guide you towards the next location. Just search Concord Covered Bridge in the app store.
When: Dawn – Dusk
Location: See App for where you want to start
For more info: www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/powers-island-trail-chattahoochee/
Monday, August 3: Ask a Ranger
Find a naturalist at Fort Yargo State Park’s Visitor Center. Ask questions, learn about the park’s history, pick up a trail map, or grab a camera scavenger hunt. Bring your completed scavenger hunt by 4:00pm and win a fun prize. Make a day of it, with swimming, geocaching, and hiking available.
Cost: $5 parking
Location: Fort Yargo State Park, 210 South Broad Street, Winder
For more info: http://explore.gastateparks.org/events
Tuesday, August 4: Pandemic Pups Virtual Escape
Everyone is looking for an escape these days…even the dogs! Find out why and help them out with this new virtual escape game. Similar to a live Escape Room adventure, this experience requires players to solve puzzles to work through the story. This experience is appropriate for all ages, but puzzles may be more suitable for players in grades 3 and up. Help the dogs escape and finally answer the question, “Who let the dogs out?
Location: Your home
For more info: www.cobbcat.org/event/pandemic-pups-escape-from-the-dog-shelter-virtual-program/2020-08-04/
Wednesday, August 5: Tiny Doors Scavenger Hunt
Tiny Doors ATL is an Atlanta-based art project bringing big wonder to tiny spaces in Atlanta and beyond. The 7-inch doors are sculptures created by artist Karen Anderson Singer at the invitation of the neighborhood or institution. They are designed to reflect the spirit, architecture, and other unique elements of the surrounding community. With the installation of a door, what was once a wall or the column of a bridge becomes an entrance to collective creativity and an invitation to wonder. Visit the website below to see where you can find them. Take a pic a #tinydoorsatl
Location: Throughout Atlanta
For more info: tinydoorsatl.com/pages/doors
Thursday, August 6: Take a Hike- Vickery Hill Trail to the Roswell Mill
A covered bridge. Civil war mill ruins. A towering waterfall that pours from a historic spillway dam. There’s just a lot to love about the Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill: it’s scenic, shady, and makes a great in-town hike.
Cost: $5 parking
Location: Just before Riverside Park on the left coming from Roswell Road, Roswell.
For more info: atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/roswell-mill-vickery-creek-trail