I am really excited to recap our quick trip to Atlanta over the weekend. Believe it or not, this was the first time I really visited the area. The only other times I had been in the city were for connecting flights or the Dirty Girl Mud Run! We have been wanting to get up to the ATL for awhile now, mainly so I could go to IKEA, and the holiday weekend provde the perfect timing.
Friday morning we left bright and early to hit the road. It’s about 4ish hours to the city from where we live just outside of Savannah and unfortunately an incredibly boring drive. Luckily (or unluckily?) I did end up downloading Candy Crush and got addicted fast. OOPS. When we got to our hotel we unloaded, set up the pack-n-play in the bedroom and put the Emster down for a nap. Chris and I snoozed ourselves in the separate sitting area to gear up for an afternoon of fun!
Our original plan was to hit the Atlanta Aquarium but unbeknownst to us it was everyone else’s plan too. When we got there there were literally hundreds of people waiting to get in. We made the executive decision to skip it and walked back down the street to the Atlanta Children’s Museum – Imagine It! – instead. It was a great choice!
The museum itself is a tad pricey ($12.75 per person) but they do offer a military discount of $3 off a ticket. Additionally, the last hour of the day admission is discounted by $5. Since we fell into the last hour it cost about $25 for all three of us! I really think that at Emmalyne’s age an hour is the perfect amount of time to spend anywhere so this worked out well in our favor.
There were tons of awesome exhibits for Em to explore. At the museum entrance there were cards available with ages on them suggesting activities based on child development. Just like at the Phoenix and Hilton Head museums, Em had a blast in the grocery store section. We didn’t score a cart until the end of our visit but when we did she was off like a rocket! There was also a designated area for children 5 and under and a smaller one for 2 and under. I loved the interactive art station, sand tables, and dress up areas too. We seriously had a blast!
After our time at the museum was up we headed north of the city to run some errands and then meet Tina and her familt for dinner at 5 Seasons Brewery in Silver Springs. I was so excited to finally get to meet Tina in person! She is even sweeter in real life and her kids are even cuter. Too bad mine decided she was over life and was the worst behaved child of all time (exaggeration). However, she immediately liked Tina as we all walked into the restaurant ha.
When I wasn’t outside dealing with a tantrum throwing child, I really enjoyed 5 Seasons. Chris ordered a beer that I longingly looked at and I got the fish and chips for dinner. Their tartar sauce is pretty darn good! The food was tasty overall and the company was even better. Already looking forward to meeting up with them the next time we are in town and hopefully Em won’t be overtired 😉
Sunday morning we ate breakfast at our hotel (a super nice La Quinta!) and headed back into the city to hit up IKEA. We left with a full truck and crying wallets but got everything on our list for the playroom and Em’s big girl room … two projects I can’t wait to share with you!
Overall it was a whirlwind weekend with too many hours in the car but well worth it. However, now I feel like I need a weekend to recover from my weekend 😉