Parents who have a school-aged child as well as a preschooler or toddler can have an adjustment to make when the older children go back to school. Younger children often miss the companionship of their older siblings. It's a good time to do things with preschoolers that they will especially enjoy. Atlanta offers a wide variety of programs designed for the preschool set. The activities are focused on children who are five or under, so it's a good time to try out a class without the older sibling.
Here are some Atlanta activities that are just for preschoolers or toddlers.
Library or Bookstore Story Times
Check your local library for details - most of them have multiple times per week.
Barnes & Noble and independent book stores also have story times. Check with your local store for times.
Farmhouse in the City in Roswell has Play and Paint art classes at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $12 per child and includes face painting, dress up, an art project, bracelet-making, and animal encounters.
Purple Hippo Art Studio in Dunwoody has a series of Mommy and Me classes for eight weeks from late August through mid-October. Classes for ages 2-4 are either on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 10:00-10:45 and cost $165 for the entire session.
Zoo Atlanta offers Mommy and Me classes for ages 2-3 from 10:30-11:30 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (three-week series) or Thursdays and Saturdays (drop-in single sessions). The series is $48 for members and $60 for non-members for each adult/child pair, while the drop-in sessions are $18 for members and $24 for non-members for each pair.
The Center for Puppetry Arts has puppet shows at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Regular price is $16.50, which includes the museum and puppet-making following the performance (highly recommended!). Besides, you are right down the street from the Varsity for lunch!
Cagle's Dairy has dairy tours for ages 3 and up on Tuesdays-Fridays. Reservations are required. The cost is $7.00 per person.
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve has a couple of preschool programs for ages 3-5 to choose from. Two Mondays per month at 10:30, drop in for a nature hike and animal feeding. Two Thursday per month at 10:30, register for a nature story time and craft. The cost for either program is $3.00 for members and $5.00 for non-members (adults are free).
Chattahoochee Nature Center offers monthly PeeWee Naturalist classes. The classes meet once a month for three months, and the cost for all three months is $50 for non-members and $40 for members. Adults are required and free.