North Point Mall

Website: http://www.northpointmall.com/

Cost: Free, if you can get out of there without buying anything (fat chance!); Carousel, $2/ride

Times: Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 7 pm. Carousel generally opens around 11 am.

Location: North Point Mall, 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta, GA 30022

Kelly’s Comments: If it’s raining cats and dogs and you need something relatively mindless to do, head on up to North Point Mall, which I consider to be the best Atlanta-area mall for the young’uns. It’s got the trifecta of the American Girl Store, the Disney Store, and the Lego Store, and there’s a carousel by the food court. The bathrooms are built for parents–changing tables, breastfeeding rooms, family areas, and toddler seats abound–and there’s a free kids’ play area as well as a (pay per) choo-choo train ride. The mall hosts stroller fitness classes and has adorable firetruck-themed strollers for rent. Just don’t blame me if you have to get a second mortgage on your house to pay for all the American Girl loot.

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