Atlanta Winter Adventures | Mommy and Me Monday | 301st ed


I think from now until the end of the year, there will be constant going and running around. I had three Thanksgiving parties this week, a sick visit for one kiddo, two family outings, a wine tasting party and a partridge in a pear tree.

Okay, maybe not the last one.

We were invited to Six Flags Holiday in the Park and decided that we would just take the oldest two girls and leave the “babies” home with a sitter. It’s the first time I’ve gone to an event with kids that I haven’t brought a diaper bag. We waited in lines without whining.

Six Flags over Georgia Holiday in the Park

And we didn’t have to wait in lines with fussing kids. In fact, we hardly had to wait in any lines at all as the park was only open to media. We went on the Dare Devil roller coaster two times.

Georgia Holiday in the Park

We got to take selfies without having to wrangle babies.

Georgia Aquarium Festival of SEAson

It was nice and different, but we did miss them a little bit. Fortunately, the baby sitter had them running races and relays so they slept well and were well rested or our outing the next day to Festival of SEAson at the Georgia Aquarium and Wake up Santa!

It was surprisingly not crowded at the Aquarium either, so we had some space and enjoyed our time. I had to get a picture of B in her Seahorses carrier with the seahorses/sea dragons.

Georgia Aquarium Festival of SEAson

We played with some newer exhibits (that were previously an area that was behind the scenes) and tried to guess animals based on the noise they make. B thought they were pretty hilarious.

Georgia Aquarium Festival of SEAson

And, one just because, of all of my girls looking in the same direction and generally happy!

Georgia Aquarium Festival of SEAson

About Six Flags Holiday in the Park

In 2015, four new holiday traditions and more thrilling roller coasters will debut for Holiday in the Park, including:

Holiday City, a newly-themed section of the park in GOTHAM City featuring spectacular green and purple lights, a 25 foot Christmas tree with 200 brightly lit Batman candles, a light string Christmas tree standing 40 feet tall, and five of the park’s most popular rides including BATMAN: The Ride;

Magic of the Season, a state-of-the-art light show through a tunnel of holiday wonder, featuring 7,500 glowing LED lights and the story of holiday magic at Six Flags Over Georgia;

Mistletoe Mansion, featuring dozens of mistletoes strung across the midway, more than 100,000 lights and chandeliers outside the famous Monster Mansion attraction for the most beautiful outdoor holiday ball of all in Georgia; and

GloHill, another newly-themed section of the park, featuring a walk-through immersive experience with hundreds of glowing light sticks into Holiday City, where guest-favorite holiday rides await. Returning in 2015 are 10 guest-popular attractions including A Main Street Christmas with a 100,000 light canopy entrance, Retro Christmas USA, A Georgia Christmas and more.

Holiday in the Park operates on select days from November 21 through January 3. Buy your 2016 Season Passes during our Black Friday Sale beginning November 24 through December 1 to save more than 60 percent off the summer pass price and visit Holiday in the Park for free. An All Season Dining Plan, which includes a free lunch, dinner and snack each visit, is also on sale. Passes and All Season Dining Plans are available at

About Festival of SEAson at the Georgia Aquarium

Festival of the SEAson runs from Nov. 21 through Dec. 25. Highlights include Georgia Aquarium’s exclusive SCUBA Claus, the spectacular Holidazzle light show, Symphony of Snow musical performances and the new 3D-mapped, 60-foot-high atrium nature show. Our lineup of seasonal only events offers a unique way to create magical holiday memories with the whole family.

Additional Festival of the SEAson highlights include:

SCUBA Claus – For the tenth year in a row, guests can catch sight of SCUBA Claus diving into Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot and swimming among the whale sharks, manta rays and thousands of fish during the dive shows at 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday until December 25.

Wake Up Santa – On November 21, Santa Claus and his elves will arrive at North America’s favorite aquarium to provide families with a lively, one-of-a-kind photo opportunity. After his long journey to Atlanta, St. Nick is catching up on his ZZZ’s. It’s up to aquarium guests to help wake up Santa through fun, interactive activities (hint: the elves love snowballs!). The experience is $5 for members and $8 per person for non-members and includes a souvenir cup and professional photo to take home.

Holiday Tree Lightings – At 10:30 a.m. daily, Georgia Aquarium will host a festive Tree Lighting in the Atrium, complete with carols sung by the attraction’s own Holiday Singers. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to sing along!

Holidazzle – The choreographed Holidazzle light and music show shines and sparkles to the rhythms of classic holiday tunes in the Georgia Aquarium’s Atrium at the top of every hour.

Underwater Menorah – See the amazing underwater menorah in the world’s largest aquatic habitat, Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot. In celebration of Hanukkah and in accordance with tradition, another candle will be magically lit under water each evening of the holiday, beginning December 6 and running through December 14.

Symphony of Snow – Back for its second year, Symphony of Snow is Georgia Aquarium’s popular Broadway-style live musical, which includes holiday classics and culminates with the entrance of Santa Claus. Symphony of Snow takes place every weekend beginning November 21.

Breakfast with Santa – Have breakfast with Santa while also taking in majestic aquatic animals. This special A.M. meal will be prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Guests will have quality time with Old Saint Nick and enjoy activities such as letter writing and creating a festive holiday craft. Breakfast with Santa is on December 12 at 9 a.m. Tickets are $19.95 per person for non-members and $14.95 per person for members.

Click for more information about Festival of the SEAson at the Georgia Aquarium.


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  1. It’s definitely the season to be busy! But some of the family memories we make are worth all of the running around. It was good to see you guys the other night! I was dizzy after so many rides.

  2. How fun! A family visit to Atlanta and a trip to the GA Aquarium are on our future “to do” list. It looks so amazing in photos. And how crazy to take an adventure without a diaper bag! I briefly did that for a couple years. Now I’m back to wondering how I ever went anywhere without that accessory. 😉 The photo of all 4 girls is too cute.

  3. I didn’t realize that the Georgia Aquarium did special things during the holidays. We’ll have to check that out! We plan on going to Stone Mountain in a few weeks to take part in their holiday festivities.

  4. Birdiebee says:

    Wow, what a lot of activities going on where you live. I live in the northwest and we do not have a lot of activities going on this time of the year. Summer is a good time for us but wish there were more activities for the kids during the cold months.

  5. Jennifer Marie says:

    Looks like you had a great time. Good looking family! 🙂

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