The Center for Puppetry Arts is hands-down one of my favorite places in all of Atlanta. The shows, particularly the ones produced by Jon Ludwig, are exceptional—always top caliber-like something you’d see on Broadway. The Center’s motto is to bring to life the magic of puppetry and they really do that. You can tell the puppeteers have tremendous passion for their craft and it shows in their high quality performances. They also explain the magic at the end of every show. It’s unbelievable how complicated so many of the puppets and sets are. My kids love learning how each of the puppets work. Tickets also include the Create-A-Puppet Workshops where you can make your own puppet inspired by the performance. And don’t forget the Muppet museum (part of the Worlds of Puppetry Museum-also included in your ticket) featuring beloved Muppets donated by the Jim Henson Foundation. See Big Bird, Sesame Street characters, Muppets and Fragels all in one place. It’s a treat for the whole family.
Love the new location and updated exhibits. Great way to spend a couple of hours before a Trashers game. The exhibits are informative and offer an interesting perspective on the Coca-Cola brand and the company's influence in Atlanta and around the world. Of course the best part is the tasting room at the end where you can try sodas from all over the world and sample classic Coke, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero side-by-side, so don't come with a full stomach or don't plan to eat immediately after your visit. It's worth checking out at least once. My only compliant is the ticket price. Seems alittle silly to pay $15 to experience a 2 hour+ Coca-Cola commercial. You can get discounted tickets if you by one of the multipasses that they offer with other attractions in the area or if you cash in some My Coke Rewards.
I love Village Theater! It is one of the smaller and more intimate comedy theaters in Atlanta, but that's what makes it so great. Awesome comedians (there are a few regulars that are my favorites) and normally a great crowd. It's an improv theater, and they also teach improv classes that anyone can sign up for. You can purchase beer/wine and some snacks in the lobby before the show and at intermission - the alcohol is pretty cheaps, so load up! You can also purchase whole bottles and share with your group which is nice. Easy, free parking behind the theater as well!