Your baby may be perfectly content to play peekaboo behind the couch all day, but getting out and about can be good for new moms and dads. You’ll find plenty of indoor activities to stimulate your baby’s senses in Georgia’s major metropolitan areas, so strap on your baby carrier or grab your stroller and take your baby on an adventure.
Babies are mesmerized by the huge tanks of aquatic life at the Georgia Aquarium (GeorgiaAquarium.org), and you’ll definitely want to stop by the beluga whale area to see if you can catch theses surprisingly graceful mammals dancing, then check out the huge coral reef in the Tropical Diver exhibit. It’s never too early to introduce your child to the pleasures of great art, and the High Museum of Art (High.org) is a great place to start. Be sure to stop by the Greene Family Learning Gallery while you’re there; it’s designed for older kids, but the interactive exhibits appeal to babies moving toward toddlerhood. The Dekalb County Library (DekalbLibrary.org) hosts weekday story times for babies; check the library calendar for upcoming events. Your baby can test her crawling, standing and pulling-up skills at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, where hands-on exhibits like the Crawl Space are designed for the youngest museum-goers to explore.
Take your time exploring the ArtZeum at Jepson Center (Telfair.org), where your baby can touch, feel and explore interactive art exhibits to her heart’s content. Babies are welcome to join the fun of Toddler Tuesdays at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center (OatlandIsland.org), where babies can learn simple songs and finger-plays. Activities are indoors on rainy or otherwise inclement days. Take a leisurely stroll though the Marine Education Center and Aquarium (MarEx.UGA.edu/Aquarium), pausing so that your baby can get an up-close look at some of the more than 200 different types of aquatic life in the downstairs aquariums.
Babies as young as 6 months can participate in the Little Friends Gym at the Warren Road Community Center (AugustaGA.gov), where they can practice crawling, pulling up and moving around on a soft indoor gym. The collections at the Morris Museum of Art (TheMorris.org) are worth browsing -- stroll slowly so your baby has a chance to take in the different colors and shapes -- and be sure to check the museum’s event calendar, too, for baby-pleasing activities like storytelling and puppet shows. Check the class calendar for Family Music of Augusta (MakingMusik.com/FamilyMusicOfAugusta) to see when its baby class is on the schedule. These hands-on classes give you and your baby the chance to enjoy making music together.
You and your baby can start playing together at My Gym Columbus (MyGym.com) as soon as she turns 6 months old. Developmental-specific classes let you celebrate your baby’s milestones with age-appropriate activities. Designed to appeal to kids from birth through preschool, the interactive, hands-on activities at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI.org) can keep babies occupied for hours. The museum itself has plenty of eye-catching exhibits that may interest your baby, too.