For the Families
Whether you’re visiting Gwinnett for a short weekend or planning a longer getaway, you’ll find plenty of activities the whole family can enjoy. Pick strawberries by day or play put putt by night. Take them out to a ball game or bond over being locked in a room together (just like home!). Hit up the food trucks or the bowling lane. The kids will be delighted and the adults will feel like kids again in Gwinnett.
1. Thursdays @ The Hill, Sugar Hill
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Every second and fourth Thursday, head to Sugar Hill for Thursdays @ The Hill. It’s an evening of free entertainment in front of city hall, including food trucks, live music and a biweekly farmers’ market. The official Gwinnett Corn Hole League also plays here on Thursday evenings, so you can either join a team for eight weeks or just be a spectator as you enjoy a refreshing beverage. Open containers are allowed during the festival, so adults can grab a drink from a mobile bartender while walking around or kick back on the lawn and enjoy the music. Don’t forget to pack a blanket or lawn chair! Bring you family, bring your pups, get to know your neighbors, and have fun!
2. Friday, 8 p.m. – Lawrenceville Summer Concert Series
Continue your family weekend with a stroll through historic Downtown Lawrenceville. The city keeps the tradition going of bringing live music downtown. During this time many of the restaurants, galleries and shops will keep their doors open later than usual and participate with special deals and promotions. Enjoy this free event once a month from May through September.
3. Friday, 8 p.m. Lunar Mini Golf, Lawrenceville
Practice your putt putt skills... in the dark! Illuminated entirely by black lights, this indoor mini golf course offers a unique experience for all ages and skill levels as the entire course glows in the dark. Lunar Mini Golf is located at Sugarloaf Mills Mall and offers group discounts. Be sure to also purchase a glowing necklace with your game for and golf the night away.
4. Friday, 10 p.m. – Bowlero, Peachtree Corners
Round up your tribe and head to this upscale bowling and entertainment center. Bowlero is a spot that both parents and children will enjoy. Complete with 34 lanes, comfortable seating, and laneside food and beverage service, you can truly bowl in style. Not so into the spares and strikes? Shoot some pool or order a drink and watch your family members duke it out from the lofted bar. Trade in the typical bowling alley cheesy nachos and cheap beer for a full pub menu and local craft beer at the in-house restaurant. Take advantage of the many specials offered throughout the week, like Sunday Funday with $3.09 games, shoes and PBRs after 6 p.m; or $2 Tuesdays when all games are only two bucks. Please note, on Friday and Saturday nights you must be 21+ to enter Brunswick’s from 10-1 a.m., unless accompanied by someone over 25. If you’re trying to improve your game for the next family night or just want to meet people in your community, consider joining a league or one of the many themed social clubs Bowlero has to offer, including the Lousy Bowlers Club for the not-so-good bowlers.
5. Saturday, 11:00 AM – Sky Zone, Suwanee
Jump on over to this indoor trampoline park for loads of family fun – and exercise. In addition to the Main Court for free jumping, check out the Foam Zone where you can jump from trampolines into a pit filled with thousands of foam cubes. Or try Sky Slam where, with the help of trampolines, you can dunk like an NBA pro. You may also find yourself in a pick up game of Ultimate Dodgeball, with wall-to-wall trampolines for even more impressive moves. If you want to do it all, book an afternoon of Open Jump that allows you access to the various jumping activities Sky Zone has to offer. SkyRobics offers a more structured jump session, where an instructor will guide you in an intense and effective workout. Sky Zone even offers something for the little ones in your family with Toddler Time, which is designed specifically for children under five years old.
In addition to being so much fun, bouncing on a trampoline has a number of health benefits like improved circulation, cardiovascular health, balance and coordination, mental health, immune system health and has even been proven to be beneficial to children with Autism. There is no reason to not take the entire family to Sky Zone!
6. Saturday, 1 p.m. Gwinnett Stripers, Lawrenceville
Between the months of April and September, don your favorite Stripers attire, skip the Atlanta traffic and head to Lawrenceville to cheer on the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves at Coolray Field. With ticket prices starting at only $8, you can bring the entire family to a Gwinnett Stripers game for the price of a couple hot dogs at Turner Field. If you opt for the general admission seating in the outfield lawn, make sure to pack a blanket and be on the lookout for some home run balls.
This family-friendly park allows autographs before and after games and even gives children the opportunity to go on the field and run the bases at Sunday games. If your child is a die-hard baseball fan, you may want to consider signing them up for Chopper’s Kids Club, where they will receive all kinds of awesome perks like free infield box tickets, end of season autograph sessions, and an opportunity to be an honorary bat kid or perform “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” On non-game days, sign up for a stadium tour to get an inside look at Coolray Field. Your tour ticket also gets you admission to a future game in addition to the 30 minute tour itself, which ends at the dugout.
7. Saturday, 3 p.m. – Gwinnett History Museum, Larewnceville
For the history buff in the family, head to the county’s seat of Lawrenceville. Located in the Historic Female Seminary and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Gwinnett History Museum offers free admission to view a permanent collection of all things Gwinnett. Learn about the county’s history and view artifacts such as furniture, clothing, looming equipment, old photographs and city records. Also be sure to check out the exhibits like the one room schoolhouse and the bluegrass music of Georgia exhibit.
There are even more historic stops to see after the museum. Walk through the Historic Cemetery to see the resting place of Gwinnett county founders, Lawrenceville’s first mayor, and Revolutionary War veterans. While you’re on the square, we also recommend stopping in for a look at the Gwinnett County Historic Courthouse, also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With so much history in one spot, the visitor’s center makes it easy for you with their “History Stroll Gazette,” which is a list of stops for a self-guided tour.
8. Saturday, 5 p.m. – Washington Farms, Loganville
Every Spring from April to June, Washington Farms opens up to the public for some good old-fashioned strawberry picking. For an affordable price you’ll get a one-gallon bucket to fill with fresh off the vine strawberries – that you get to pick yourself! The strawberries are clean and grown on raised plastic beds, allowing for easy picking. Pre-picked strawberries are also available for purchase. Don’t leave without trying the strawberry ice cream made with berries fresh off the farm. Washington Farms is the perfect spot to spend quality time with your loved ones and create a springtime tradition for your family.
Note: Washington Farms suggests calling before you arrive to ensure they are open. Some days the berries get picked-out and they have to close early or all day to let them ripen again.
9. Saturday, 8 p.m. – Mystery Room, Lawrenceville
For a unique family building activity, head over to Mystery Room at the Sugarloaf Mills Shopping Center and become a detective for the night. Here you will find six different themed rooms to pick from, like Hollywood Room and Sherlock’s Room, each with a challenging puzzle to solve as a team in order to unlock the door – don’t fear, there is also an unlocked door in the room for the claustrophobic ones in your family. Upon entering the room you have 45 minutes to decipher clues hidden throughout, think outside the box and solve the mystery. The rooms are ranked and vary by level of difficulty, puzzle solving, organizational skills, and creative thinking so you can pick the perfect one for your group!
Had a good time? The rooms change every 8-12 weeks so you can keep coming back for more. With only four locations in the country, this is a must for the family.
10. Sunday, 1:30 PM – Eye Candy Art Studio, Duluth
Channel your inner Van Gogh at this canvas and pottery painting studio. Choose from a variety of ceramic pieces and paint it with your own original design. If you prefer a more structured approach to your art making, sign up for one of the paint your own canvas classes. Not an artist? Fear not! No prior painting experience is needed. During these classes, a teacher gives step-by-step instructions for you to create a specific design, so everyone can be a painter for a day! Classes are available for kids and adults. Kids classes are perfect for ages five and up, and adult classes are BYOB, so there’s something for young and old families alike. Walk-ins welcome.
11. Sunday, 3 p.m. – Ice Forum, Duluth
Spend quality time with your family and get a good workout at the same time! Ice Forum offers public skating sessions seven days a week and is open year round, making it the perfect spot to take your family. It’s also the official practice facility for the Gwinnett Gladiators! When you work up an appetite from all that skating, grab a bite at the snack bar or head over to Breakaway Grill, the in-house, family-friendly sports bar that overlooks the hockey rink. Order a burger and watch live hockey without the cold. If those public skating sessions give you the ice skating bug, Ice Forum also offers figure skating and hockey classes for all ages and skill levels.