Are you looking to get your art on even on vacation? Maybe you’re out to make certain your kiddos appreciate the rich history of the place where you love to get away? Perhaps your fam just loves to jam? Whether it’s art, history, music, or some sweet combination of all three—you can find all sorts of inspiring activities in Alpharetta.
For the artsy brood
From art galleries to imaginative opportunities to create masterpieces of your very own, you’ll find plenty of creative beauty for every single member of your brood in Alpharetta. For the pint-sized artists, be sure to check out All Fired Up, a fun, kid-friendly makers’ workshop with over 700 pottery items to paint including cups, plates, bowls, household/kitchen items and a great range of fun kids pieces. Creative classes at All Fired Up are designed to help everyone tap into their artistic side, no matter the level of skill or experience, to make something truly memorable. The best part? All of the creations made at All Fired Up are totally useable as all glazes and paints are non-toxic! (Hint hint: The perfect handmade token of appreciation for dear old Dad.)
Local modern/contemporary art awaits your discerning eye at Othels Art Gallery. Part gallery, part studio, part classroom, this creation station is a hub for sparking creativity. Whether you’re taking in the extensive collection of fascinating paintings and sculptures, participating in special events like Wine & Art, being wowed by local youth in the Student Art Shows, or even taking an art lesson on site, Othels Art is the ideal place to experience the wonder and magic of visual art.
For those with an affinity for a more formal art gallery, be sure to make time for a visit to Still Point Art Gallery. From now until July 15, experience the abstract expression of spirituality showcased in Georges Rouault’s paintings with the “Seeing in the Darkness Collection.” These eerily gorgeous pieces combine Cubism, Expressionism, and Fauvism and are certain to inspire spirited conversation among the art enthusiasts in your family.
If your family’s brand of art is more the theater than the canvas and paint, be sure to check out ACT1 Theater, the area’s premier family-centric performance theater. From Steel Magnolias to Suessical, the Musical!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to Oliver!, and every shuffle, set change, and soliloquy in between, theater buffs adore the detail and energy showcased by each of ACT1 Theater’s incredible performances. Check out what’s coming up while you’re in town here.
For those in your household who love history
The curious minds who simply must know the ins and outs of every location they visit (starting from the beginning!) are destined to wind up meandering through The Alpharetta and Old Milton County History Museum. Experience the incredible evolution of Alpharetta from its origins as a Cherokee Indian territory to its existence today as a vibrant, high-tech city through relics, interactive stories, and photos. Be sure to check out the museum’s stories project kiosk—a special section of the museum dedicated to telling the stories of over 70 of the area’s most fascinating citizens. You’ll see firsthand the reason locals love their home and experience the city’s immense pull for yourself.
Journey through time (on foot!) with the Alpharetta History Walk. Take a leisurely stroll while immersing yourself in Alpharetta’s rich history guided by twenty-two historical markers that boast info and facts about each landmark represented. Not only does the Alpharetta History Walk serve as an active educational opportunity, meandering through some of the area’s most significant historical sites might even inspire you to have a lively discussion about your family’s own history.