Pre-Trip Fun for Atlanta, Georgia
"Dumb and Dumberer" -- Much of this enjoyable but silly teen comedy (the prequel to "Dumb and Dumber") was filmed in metro Atlanta with shots of Atlanta International High School. (Teens)
"Driving Miss Daisy" -- Good for older teens, this gorgeously filmed movie about the unlikely friendship between a southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur showcases Atlanta's Lullwater Street. (Teens)
"Gone with the Wind" -- The Civil War classic will help older kids appreciate Atlanta's history and visits to the Cyclorama (where a mannequin of Clark Gable as a fallen soldier was put into the diorama). (Teens)
Peach Cobbler -- Because you're in the Peach State, where the word "peachtree" appears in 100 Atlanta street names.
Southern Grits Casserole -- Buy instant grits at the grocery store and introduce the family to southern cooking.
"P Is for Peach: A Georgia Alphabet" by Carol Crane -- Rich illustrations bring the Okefenokee Swamp and other local highlights to vibrant life. (Ages 2-8)
"G Is for Georgia" by E.J. Sullivan -- Take a picture-perfect preview trip through famous sites. (Ages 4-8)
"The Other Side" by Jacqueline Woodson -- Gently handles the topic of friendship despite racial differences. (Ages 4-8)
"Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." by Doreen Rappaport -- Young readers can experience the inspiration of Dr. King through pictures and simple text. (Ages 4-8)
"Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings" by Joel Chandler Harris -- The lively antics of Brer Rabbit and his friends are as important to Atlanta as iced tea. (Ages 4-8)
"If you Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King" by Ellen Levine -- Helps kids get a more personal understanding of the civil rights movement by exploring what life was like at that time. (Ages 9-12)
"The Civil War for Kids: A History With 21 Activities" by Janis Herbert -- Great for groups; kids get a hands-on understanding of the historic south with exercises from battle reenactments to recipes. (Ages 9-12)
"Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell -- Young adults may find themselves swept away by the drama and romance of this southern classic. (Ages 13 and Up)
"Women in Atlanta" by Staci Catron-Sullivan and Susan Neill -- The struggles and accomplishments of real, inspirational Atlanta women as times have changed. (Ages 13 and Up)
Paper Frog Puppet -- Prepare for the tree frog exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and a trip to the Center for Puppetry Arts.