This weekend rocks, and we’re not kidding. Now that you’ve survived pint-sized pranksters all week long, it’s time to get serious about the weekend. With loads of historical events (from festivals celebrating cloth making and frontier life to learning about the Civil War), and plenty of springtime celebrations (baby animals, anyone?), this first foray into April is no joke. Keep reading for all the details on these, and more, family events in Atlanta.

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Buckhead

Sheep to Shawl at Atlanta HIstory Center
Experience the process of cloth making though demonstrations and activities that range from sheep shearing and wool dyeing to spinning and weaving, then enjoy a full day of fun that also includes open-hearth cooking, blacksmithing, candle making, live music, and more at Smith Family Farm. Sat. Event details. 

Candytopia
Regular pools are so last year. This year, Marshmallow Pools are all the rage! Come take a dip, or let it rain marshmallows by activating the maelstrom. With over a dozen whimsical and wild environments, at Candytopia—an outrageously interactive candy wonderland—there is something for everyone to enjoy. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

Little Critters at Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Ring in spring with cute and cuddly baby animals and discover the new life in bloom with seasonal crafts and activities. Sat. Event details

Spring Festival on Ponce
Don’t miss the 9th annual Spring Festival on Ponce, where you’ll enjoy fine arts and craft, a children’s play area, live acoustic entertainment, and food and beverage concessions, including local “gourmet” food trucks. Sat. Event details.

Grant Park

Food-o-Rama
Enjoy the spring weather with food trucks from all over Atlanta and the region, live music, and a kids area (with inflatables) in Atlanta’s largest in-town park. Sat. Event details.

Midtown

Baby Book Club at The High
The High Museum of Art is the perfect place to start a conversation with your baby. Baby Book Club is designed for caregivers with infants from newborns through age 14 months. In each 20-minute session, a High Museum teaching artist will pair a book with an artwork to get you and your baby talking. Sat. Event details.

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Yayoi Kusama at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Narcissus Garden is a signature work of contemporary art created by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. The installation is a joint effort between the Atlanta Botanical Garden and The High Museum, which hosts Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors through Feb. 17. Approximately 1,400 stainless steel spheres carefully arranged by staff from Kusama’s studio in Japan can be viewed in their current location at the Atlanta Botanical Garden from the Canopy Walk, and along many of the trails leading into and out of Storza Woods. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Cinderella at The Fox
Don’t miss this classic rendition of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the equally magical Fox Theatre. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Wizard of Oz at Alliance Theatre
This 70-minute, family-friendly production features iconic songs like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” from the original movie score.  While remaining true to the well-known story and familiar characters, the Alliance’s version of The Wizard of Oz uniquely draws inspiration from American Folk Art to create a magical production that reminds us that no matter what you’re searching for, you don’t have to look further than your own backyard. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stone Mountain

MEGABUGS Adventure Encounters
Some colossal crawlers are taking over Stone Mountain Park, featuring more than 70 new exhibits of larger-than-life insects. MEGABUGS! Adventure Encounters is an immersive and interactive area for ‘bugologists’ of any age to explore. They can crawl like a spider, fly like a bee, and dig like an ant while interacting with these enormous insects. In a special habitat at the park, guests will come face-to-face with a giant 15-foot Emperor Dragonfly, a 20-foot Hissing Cockroach, a 50-foot Madagascan Fire Millipede, and more! Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Roswell

EcoTinker at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Head outdoors this spring for nature-inspired tech and tinker stations throughout the CNC, where you can experiment and explore. Exhibit stations focus on the science of water, taking you from a microscopic view to a global view, and you won’t want to miss the all-new Imagination Playground, where you can use blocks to engineer a river, bridges, and damns. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Dallas

Civil War History Day at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield
Check out cannon and musket firings, play period games, take guided battlefield tours, and listen to a guest speaker leading a lecture on a specific Civil War topic. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey