ACC Leisure Services Department
youth programs

For the Little Ones...

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department offers programs for toddlers this fall at Memorial Park.  

“Me and You at the Zoo” is a morning of animal fun at Bear Hollow Zoo. Participants will have story time, create a craft to take home, and meet an animal up-close! This activity is open to children ages 18 months-6 years. The program takes place on Mondays through November 18 (with the exception of September 30) from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

“Tiny Tales on Tuesdays” features story time and a craft.  A different book is highlighted each week.  This activity is open to children ages 18 months-6 years. This program takes place Tuesdays, through November 19 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Park Recreation Hall.

The fee for each session is $3 for Athens-Clarke County residents and $4 for non-county residents. Parents/chaperones are admitted free of charge and must accompany children. Online registration is required.

For more information, please call 706-613-3580.


Learn More...

The Leisure Services Department will host public meetings on Monday, September 16 and Thursday, September 19 regarding the preferred design concept for the Firefly Bridge over Trail Creek.  

The meetings will take place 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at ACC Planning Auditorium located at 120 West Dougherty Street.  For those that cannot make the meetings, Park Planning staff will be present at the Athens Farmers Market and the West Broad Farmers Markets on September 21.  An opportunity for online comment will open September 16.

During the Public meetings, the design consultant will present the preferred design concept for the Firefly Bridge over Trail Creek. A robust public input process and guidance from stakeholders helped narrow down the design concepts to the preferred design.  The design consultant will discuss the project progress to date and future steps in the process.  

For more information, please visit at 706-613-3801.


No School!

The Clarke County School District schools are not in session on Friday, September 20, but don't panic parents!  The Leisure Services Department has you covered.

Rocksprings Park will host Holey Moley Day off School Program from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  September 21st is Miniature Golf Day. So, in the theme of the new game show Holy Moley, participants will build, design and play their own whacky miniature golf course. Children will be challenged to work in groups to come up with their own extreme putt element and will build and play a nine hole kid designed course. Holy Moley, have we lost our minds?

This program is for ages 6-12.The fee is $15 for ACC residents and $22.50 for non-residents.  Participants must bring a lunch for this day.  Online registration is required.

For more information, please call Rocksprings Park at 706-613-3602.


Above Athens Balloon Festival

The  Second Annual Above Athens Balloon Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 28 at Sandy Creek Park. The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. and will conclude with a balloon glow at approximately 8:30 p.m.

See beautiful balloons up close! Other highlights of the event include tethered balloon rides, food trucks, free children's activities, and a business expo presented by the Athens West Business Association.

Bulldog 93.3 will host a live radio remote during the event. Please tune in for event and traffic information prior to and during the event. 

There is a $5 per vehicle entrance fee. This is a CASH ONLY event. Only vehicles paying with cash will be permitted to enter the park, small bills recommended. Annual passes to Sandy Creek Park cannot be used for the entrance fee for this event.  Pets are not permitted.

Tethered balloon rides will be available for $10 per person (cash only) and are subject to weather conditions. All individuals who enter the balloon area must sign a waiver.  

Sandy Creek Park will be closed to the public on Saturday, September 28, 2019 prior to the Above Athens Balloon Festival.

For more information, please call 706-613-3800 or visit 

On Display!

The  Lyndon House Arts Center presents the Georgia Watercolor Society Member Exhibition of 2019. 

The Georgia Watercolor Society was formed in March 1975 to advance the art of watercolor painting while contributing to the cultural atmosphere and standards of the state of Georgia. 

This year, renowned watercolorist and juror Myrna Wacknov selected 64 works out of 194 entries. All artists are living and working in Georgia and share their love of water-based media.  The exhibition is on view Tuesdays-Sundays through October 17, 2019.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.  Children younger than 13 must be accompanied by and adult.  Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 706-613-3623.

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