Beat the cold with 10 winter indoor activities

The weather outside may be frightful, but don’t let the freezing temperatures kill your fun. There are still plenty of ways to enjoy yourself while staying indoors during the winter months.

Whether you need an adrenaline rush or a more relaxing activity, Atlanta has a ton of offerings to help you beat the cold.

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Indoor ice skating

Take the entire family out for some fun on the ice. Choose from several spots throughout the city, including Olde Town on Ice, so lace up your skates and hit the rink.

Various hours through Feb. 24. $10. Olde Town on Ice at Olde Town Pavilion, 949 South Main St., Conyers. 678-374-7655,

Indoor paintball

Bring out your competitive spirit, and call up your friends for a paintball game. Run around Wildfire Paintball’s 10,000-square-foot field as you dodge and shoot. There’s even a low-impact game, which utilizes smaller paintballs shot at a slower speed.

1-7 p.m. Sundays; 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 4-10 p.m. Fridays; noon-8 p.m. Saturdays. $29.99 (walk-in special). Wildfire Paintball, 3725-C Stone Mountain Highway, Snellville. 770-982-8180,

Pottery class

Stop by a pottery studio, like That Pottery Place, to paint your own clay dish. All you have to do is pick your piece, grab your brush and create. You can sign up for a class or drop in on a whim. No reservation is needed to paint.

Appointment only Mondays-Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Various prices. North DeKalb Mall, 2050 Lawrenceville Highway, Decatur. 404-371-4557,

Rock climbing

Throw on your athletic gear for a rock climbing session. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced athlete, you’ll be able to find the best experience for you at one of Atlanta’s many facilities, including Stone Summit.

Various hours. Passes start at $14. Stone Summit Atlanta, 3701 Presidential Parkway, Atlanta. 678-720-9882. Stone Summit Kennesaw, 2801 George Busbee Parkway, Kennesaw. 770-545-6227. Stone Summit Midtown, 715 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 470-481-2030,

“Ever After” at the Alliance Theatre

Enjoy a night at the theater by checking out “Ever After” at the Alliance. The musical, which is based on the film of the same name, follows a woman who risks everything to save a friend.

Various hours through Feb. 17. $10-70. Coca-Cola Stage at the Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-733-4650,

Go-kart racing

Got a need for speed? Put the pedal to the metal at Andretti for a race around the track. You can also play a wide variety of arcade games and participate in activities, including the rope obstacle course.

Various hours. Various prices. Andretti Indoor Karting and Games Marietta, 1255 Roswell Road, Marietta. 678-712-4972. Andretti Indoor Karting and Games Roswell, 11000 Alpharetta Hwy, Roswell. 770-992-5688,

Indoor skydiving

Soar to new heights when you go indoor skydiving at iFly. When you arrive, you’ll throw on a helmet, flight suit and goggles. After a quick training, you’ll then be able to enjoy an exhilarating ride from above.

9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. $69.95-299.95. iFly, 2778 Cobb Parkway SE, Atlanta. 678-803-4359,

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Cooking class

Learn how to create a new dish at The Cooking School at Irwin Street. Chefs will be onsite to guide you through all the steps as you prepare a delicious meal. Individuals, couples and group classes are available.

Various times. $85. The Cooking School at Irwin Street, 660 Irwin St., Atlanta. 404-889-6568,


If you want to become one with nature without setting up a tent in the middle of the woods, it’s possible. Try glamping, or glamorous camping, so you can take advantage of resort-style amenities and services from the comfort of a cozy cabin or yurt, like the ones at Sweetwater Creek.

$85 per night. Sweetwater Creek, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs. 770-732-5871,

Indoor trampolining

Catch some major air when you head to Sky Zone for indoor trampolining. Practice cool stunts, or join a game of dodgeball or basketball. You can even make reservations for parties and events.

Various hours. Passes start at $23. Sky Zone Suwanee, 560 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee. 678-745-9900. Sky Zone Kennesaw, 1650 Airport Road NW, Kennesaw. 678-426-4400. Sky Zone Roswell, 1425 Market Blvd., Roswell. 678-745-9900,

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