While Georgia is known for its juicy peaches and yummy pies, you can't rely on just good eats when your kids are looking for fun times in the quaint town of Augusta. Located right along the Savannah River and on the border of Georgia and South Carolina, Augusta is a mid-sized town with small-town charm. There’s no lack of entertainment for kids in Augusta. You'll find lots to do both indoors and outside.
Family Fun Centers
Putt-Putt Family Fun Center (puttputt.com), located about seven miles from Augusta, has a several entertainment options for kids of all ages. Kids can play a round of miniature golf or hit some balls in the batting cages. Other attractions include laser tag, aquatic bumper boats, a game zone with several arcade games and a kids climbing maze. Adventure Crossing (adventure-crossing.com) in Augusta covers over 6,000 square feet and has indoor and outdoor entertainment for kids and adults. Inside, kids can enjoy a game of laser tag or play in the expansive arcade. Outdoor activities include batting cages, miniature golf, go-karts and four kiddie amusement park rides.
Indoor Play Areas
The “no being wild indoors” rule doesn’t apply at Augusta’s indoor play areas. At Chuck E. Cheese’s (chuckecheese.com), the kiddos will find video games, rides, prizes, music and maybe even a surprise appearance by the oversized mouse himself. The facility also has a toddler area for younger children. When it comes to keeping the little ones entertained, Monkey Joe’s (monkeyjoes.com) in Martinez, a suburb of Augusta, is all about jumping, bouncing and sliding. With inflatables covering just about every inch of space in the facility, kids aren't likely to ever get bored. There's also a separate area for kids ages 3 and younger.
Public Pools and Splash Pad
Georgia summers are hot -- and what better way to cool off than in the water? Pack some towels, swim toys, floaties and goggles and head over to one of Augusta’s public pools or water areas. Augusta Aquatics Center (no website; 3157 Damascus Road, Augusta; 706-261-0424) is a 40,000-square foot complex that has an Olympic-sized pool and a smaller cool-down pool. The larger pool has a 3 ½-foot shallow end, which is perfect for tots to play along with an adult. The Splash Pad at Charles H. Evans Community Center (no website; 1866 Highland Avenue, Augusta; 706-733-9210) is ideal for kids of all ages -- and has several different sprayers and waterfalls to keep kids cool and let them have some fun in the sun. Other public pools in Augusta include Jones Swimming Pool (no website; 1400 Woodson Lane, Augusta; 706-722-3266), Fleming Pool (no website; 1941 Lumpkin Road, Augusta; 706-790-3758) and Dyess Pool (no website; 902 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta; 706-821-2877).
Take your kiddos to one of the six branches of the East Central Georgia Regional Library System (ecgrl.public.lib.ga.us), for fun times and creative learning. The library system in Augusta offers a variety of programs for toddlers and preschoolers, like story times that engage little ones with finger rhymes, music and stories -- and workshops where they can do arts and craft activities. Various branches of the library also have seasonal events such as an Easter egg hunt and a Mother’s Day craft hour, as well as children and family movie nights.