Defeating School's-Out Boredom in Buckhead

Cue the old Alice Cooper song: school's out for summer! But what can you do to make sure your kids don't get struck by summer boredom?

The school year ends today for Atlanta Public Schools, including parts of Buckhead, meaning that now thousands of kids will enjoy that golden feeling of freedom for the next few months.

It will probably only take a few days for that golden freedom to change into "I'm bored!" grayness.

Thankfully, Buckhead is chock full of things to do to defeat this summer stupor. Here are just a few possible suggestions.


The will open to the public on May 26. (It's already been open for members since the 12th.) Please note that members only hours start at 5 p.m. every day and that the pool offers free public swim from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every weekday. Click here for more information.

switches to its regular hours of operation. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every weekday, the pool has free public swim hours. From 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., it's still open to the public, but for a small fee. Then members only hours begin and go on until 8 p.m. On weekends, public paid access goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by members only time. More info is available here.

The outdoor pool at the has had a soft weekend-only opening throughout May, but their big grand opening will be May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Frugal guru Clark Howard recently called the Sanders YMCA the best deal in Buckhead. Plus, that pool just looks really cool.

Day Camps

The offers summer day camps for kids from preschool to middle school ages. Themes include Museum Theatre, the history of food, art history and a special session about the Olympics. Fees are $225 for members and $275 for nonmembers. Click here to see the full list.

The have a full spread of day camps with themes like art, sports, leadership, theatre and robotics. Note that if you are applying now, the application must include full payment. View a brochure and fill out the application here.

, a gym aimed at kids' fitness, has day camps that include fitness games, gymnastics, music, arts and crafts and more. Here's an interesting twist, though: each day's themes and programs are different. The Buckhead location offers day camps, for ages 2 and up, from Tuesdays through Fridays. Click here to see the schedule and sign up for classes.

If you're looking for sleepaway camps, click here.


This summer movie season is full of fare for all to enjoy, including family-friendly films like Brave (June 22), Madagascar 3 (June 8), Ice Age: Continental Drift (July 13) and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (August 3). For older kids, check out things like The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3), G.I. Joe: Retaliation (June 29) and The Dark Knight Rises (July 20). For adults, Prometheus (June 8), The Campaign (August 10) and Rock of Ages (June 15) look good.  Plus, there is actually a movie called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (June 22). No, really!

See them in style at or visit the .


As the daughter of a teacher, I would be remiss if I didn't mention something that will enrich your kids academically. When I was little, summer bridge books (available at Amazon, The School Box and Barnes and Noble) were the thing: they help prepare kids for the next grade level and keep them from suffering summer brain drain. Incentivize it--reward your kids with something fun whenever they finish a part of the book.


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