March Madness is in full swing and the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta is just a few short days away. Regardless of whether you have tickets for the games, there are a lot of fun basketball related activities for the whole family throughout the weekend. Here are five reasons to attend the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta with Kids:
1. The Harlem Globetrotters. Nuf said.
2. Championship college basketball games – FREE! Don’t have tickets for the Division I championship, consider watching the Division II and III championship games. It’s free.
3. Bracket Town Ultimate Final Four Fan Fest. 300,000 feet of family-friendly interactive sports related games. That’s all my boys need to hear.
4. Big Dance Concert Series. I love daytime music festivals and it’s a perfect time to introduce your kids to live music, without the cost because this festival is free.
5. Northwestern Mutual Road to the Final Four 5K Run. I’ve gotten into running lately and am looking for my first 5K. Besides, parking will be easier downtown this early in the morning and we can hit Bracket Town before it gets crowded.
Want more information on these events and other family friendly events taking place in Downtown for the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta, keep reading.
NCAA Final Four in Atlanta: Weekend Long Events
What: Bracket Town Ultimate Final Four Fan Fest
Where: Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30313
When: Friday, April 5, 2013, Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 from Noon to 8 p.m.
Monday, April 8 from Noon to 8 p.m.
Cost: Adults $10, Children $6
Bracket Town has more than 300,000 square feet of family-friendly indoor activities. Meet legendary coaches and former college stars at exclusive autograph sessions, sign up for daily youth clinics, and participate in a host of sport activities ranging from basketball to lacrosse to hockey and more. The weekend also boasts a variety of unique entertainment including the annual “Battle of the Bands” featuring the bands and cheerleaders from the participating NCAA teams and the Harlam Globetrotters on Friday from 6-8 pm. Rounding out the weekend experience is the POWERADE® 3v3 basketball tournament, open to kids of all abilities and ages – from ages nine to 40+.
What: Big Dance Concert Series
Where: Centennial Olympic Park
When: Friday, April 5: 3 p.m. – AT&T Block Party
Saturday, April 6: Noon – Coca-Cola Zero Countdown
Sunday, April 7: 2 p.m. – Capital One JamFest
This free, three-day outdoor music festival at Centennial Olympic Park is filled with music, food and fun, featuring nationally and regionally known musical acts. See the website for a complete schedule, but bands include: My Morning Jacket, Saints of Valory, Yacht Rock Revue, Ludacris, Flo Rida, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Blind Pilot, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Sting and the Dave Matthews Band.
What: Powerade 3×3 Youth Tournament
Where: Georgia World Congress Center, Inside Bracket Town
When: Register online by March 29. Games are Saturday April 6 and Sunday April 7
Cost: $100 per team
Players of any skill level ages 9 and above are encouraged to participate. With the chance to play in at least two games, the POWERADE 3v3 is the perfect opportunity to show off your skills and join in the fun and excitement of Final Four Weekend.
NCAA Final Four in Atlanta: Friday Events
What: Final Four Friday
Where: Georgia Dome
When: Friday, April 5, 2013 Noon – 4 p.m. – Final Four Team Open Practices
4 p.m. – Special Pre-Game Musical Performance by Gym Class Heroes
5:07 p.m. – Reese’s College All-Star Game
Reese’s Final Four Friday is a free event for fans to come watch the student athletes from the 2013 Men’s NCAA Final Four teams participate in one of their final practices before the national semifinal games. Fans who attend will have the opportunity to hear from each head coach after their sessions and engage in on-court promotions. The day concludes with the Reese’s College All Star-Game tipping off at 5:07 p.m. ET.
NCAA Final Four in Atlanta: Saturday Events
What: Northwestern Mutual Road to the Final Four 5K Run
Where: Start & End International Plaza – Georgia World Congress Center (285 Andrew Young International Blvd. Atlanta, Ga.)
When: Saturday, April 6, Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., Race begins at 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $25.00 – 5K Run – Timed ($30 on race day)
$20.00 – 5K Walk – Untimed ($25 on race day)
Runners and walkers are invited to participate in the Northwestern Mutual Road to the Final Four® 5K. The event benefits the Coaches vs. Cancer® program, which is a collaborative effort between the American Cancer Society and National Association of Basketball Coaches. Proceeds from the April 6 event will support pediatric cancer research and other Society initiatives. Participants will receive a $2 discount off the price of the Bracket Town ticket by showing their racing number. Discount only good the day of the race.
NCAA Final Four in Atlanta: Sunday Events
What: Final Four Dribble
Where: Around the Georgia World Congress Center
When: Sunday, April 7, 2013 9:30 a.m. on-site registration opens, Dribble begins at 11:30 a.m. (register online until April 5)
The Final Four Dribble gives 3,200 kids the chance to dribble their way through the heart of the 2013 Men’s Final Four activities at the Georgia Dome and Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), to help commemorate the Men’s Final Four and this year’s 75th celebration of March Madness. Participating kids will receive a T-shirt, basketball and free entry into Bracket Town.
What: NCAA Division II and Division III Men’s Basketball National Championship Game
Where: Philips Arena
When: Sunday, April 7, 2013 Div. III games begins at 12:30 pm and Div. II begins at 4 pm
For the first time in tournament history, the Division II and Division III championship games will take place in the same city hosting the Division I championship. This is a great opportunity to watch some championship basketball for free.