Pack up the kids and head downtown for family fun! Between attractions, family-friendly restaurants, ample park space, and engaging events throughout the year, downtown has something for the whole family to enjoy. Here are a few of our favorite picks:
Camouflage an educational experience as an opportunity to have fun. Visit the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame to learn about Georgian athletes and play with interactive displays like a basketball court. Cross the street to visit the Tubman Museum to view thought-provoking works and historical objects that will spark conversation. Pack a picnic or grab takeout from a downtown restaurant and let the kids play in the splashpad between the two museums on a sunny day. Just don’t forget the towels!
Get your game on! Throw axes at ManiaxeThrowing, or see who can climb the wall the fastest at Macon Rocks Climbing Gym. Finish the day with dinner at Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen and play arcade games in their basement.
For the more artistic family, sign up for a kid-friendly paint class at X-Art Sip and Paint Lounge or the 567 Center for Renewal. Take a walk around downtown to find all six pieces in the Macon Sculpture Walk and play a tune in the Music Sculpture Park on Third Street. Visit Comics Plus of Macon for new reading materials and stop by the Rookery for a milkshake.
Annual Events Recommended for Families
The Market - Every Third Sunday, April - November
The Market is downtown Macon's monthly farmers and makers market on Poplar Street! The Market features local producers, handmade crafts and artisan goods, and handmade food items. Join us for a Sunday afternoon in beautiful downtown Macon featuring music, crafts, and shopping.
The Market is presented by NewTown Macon’s Main Street Board of Directors.
Seuss on the Loose - March First Friday
Seuss goes on the Loose every March First Friday in honor of Read Across America Day! Swing by Third Street park for fun activities that promote literacy, kid-friendly performances, and crafts. Then go on a stroll for a Seuss StoryWalk to read books by Dr. Seuss in the windows of downtown businesses.
This event is presented by NewTown Macon, Macon-Bibb Community Partnership, United Way of Central Georgia, and the Middle Georgia Regional Library.
Pan African Festival - May
The Tubman Museum’s Pan African Festival of Georgia drums up excitement, entertainment, and fun for the whole family! The festival features music, dance, food, art, storytelling, food trucks, and the Children’s Village. Plus, nosh on delicious Caribbean and Soul Food options and food from all around the world and shop for unique goods from local and regional artists and artisans.
Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Macon - October 31
Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls are invited to trick-or-treat in downtown Macon! From 4pm to 7pm, downtown merchants open their doors and give out candy along our treat trail. Families are invited to stick around downtown and enjoy dinner at one of our 52 restaurants.
This event is presented by NewTown Macon’s Main Street Board of Directors.
Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza - December
During the month of December, a multi-colored canopy of 500,000+ twinkling lights covers the streets of downtown Macon. The lights, spanning four city blocks, move in time to music by Macon Pops during nightly shows that have quickly made the Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza Middle Georgia’s newest holiday tradition. The Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza offers an entire month of family-friendly fun in the beautiful setting of downtown Macon. Plus, this event is free and open to the public!