Guide to the Center for Puppetry Arts The Center for Puppetry Arts has shared the magic of puppetry with Atlanta families since 1978. During its first season, the Center offered a puppet exhibition, shows and workshops for the community. The center's the Worlds of Puppetry Museum honors the legacy of Jim Henson, who created the classic puppet Kermit the Frog. The Jim Henson Collection is an interactive exhibition that walks visitors through the iconic locations from Henson's life and shows off his most f

Free summer fun: 6 no-cost passes and tickets for Atlanta families

School's out, and what better way to celebrate the start of summer vacation than with a few free tickets to your favorite Georgia attractions. Your kids will jump up and down when they find out they're headed for a day of family fun, and so will you when you see all the money you're saving. So, pack the lunchboxes and grab your camera, cause you're going on a field trip.

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Take advantage of these not-to-miss, no-pay opportunities around Atlanta:

The Zoo Atlanta Library Pass
Photo: Courtesy of Atlanta-Fulton County Zoo, Inc./For the AJC

The Zoo Atlanta Library Pass

Zoo Atlanta. 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta.404-624-9453. www.zooatlanta.org.

Before you make your seasonal pit stop at Zoo Atlanta, plan to visit a local library to score free tickets for your visit. Simply check out the Zoo Atlanta Library Pass from any Georgia Public Library, watch the enclosed DVD and return it for a receipt valid for four free zoo passes. Just make sure to bring a valid library card along with your receipt to the zoo, and plan your trip wisely -- each household is only allowed to check out one Zoo Atlanta Library Pass per year.

Passport to Puppetry

Center for Puppetry Arts. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atlanta. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org.

While at a Georgia Public Library getting zoo passes, go ahead and check out the Passport to Puppetry while you're at it. Valid for four, all-inclusive museum admission tickets, the Passport to Puppetry offers families a chance to enjoy one of the many Family Series performances, take part in a Create-A-Puppet Workshop and explore the Center for Puppetry Arts Museum.

Tellus Science Museum will host specially themed programs and activities over spring break. Tellus Science Museum photo/For the AJC

The Tellus Museum Free Bank of America Weekends

Tellus Science Museum. 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville. 770-606-5700. www.tellusmuseum.org.

If you're a Bank of America cardholder, plan on taking the family to the Tellus Science Museum during the first full weekend of each month to receive one free admission. As part of the Museum' On Us program, simply show your current, valid Bank of America card along with a photo ID to gain entrance.

Kids Bowl Free

Select bowling locations throughout the Metro. www.kidsbowlfree.com.

Kids, get ready for a summer of free bowling, courtesy of the Kids Bowl Free program. With a mission to create a fun, safe environment for kids while school's out, participants registered with KBF will enjoy two free games of bowling every day throughout the summer at 25 participating Georgia bowling locations.

Georgia Aquarium free admission days

Georgia Aquarium. 225 Baker St. NW, Atlanta. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.

Bringing the whole family to the Georgia Aquarium can get pricey, but you'll save a little on your experience by taking advantage of two free admission opportunities. Active military, plan your trip on a Monday and you'll receive free admission for yourself and 10 percent off admission for the rest of the family. If you're a Georgia resident, show a photo ID or a copy of your birth certificate on your birthday for free aquarium admission.

Children's Museum of Atlanta Family Free Day

Children's Museum of Atlanta. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW, Atlanta. 404-659-5437. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

Mark your calendar, because a Children's Museum of Atlanta's Family Free Day is coming up this summer. Happening only four times throughout the year, guests visiting the Children's Museum of Atlanta on Wednesday, August 21 will enjoy free admission. Just make sure to register ahead of time -- this not-to-miss event fills up fast!

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