February may be a short month but it sure did pack a punch. Finish strong by knocking out a new exhibit about playscapes in urban environments at MODA, whipping up some authentic European cuisine at Young Chefs Academy, or chasing the stars on a family night hike at the Chattahoochee Nature Center this weekend. Keep reading for everything you need to know about powering through ’till Monday!

Photo: Alan Farhadi via Flickr

Midtown

Designing Playful Cities at MODA
Head to MODA to see how designers are imagining our ever-growing cities for play. This oten interactive exhibit encourages visitors of all ages to engage in play in their day-to-day activities, and will inspire designers and developers to create playful spaces in our cities. Sat. Event details.

Design Like an Engineer at MODA: Roller Coasters
Brainstorm solutions for building epic roller coasters that are structurally sound using K’NEX, and work collaboratively to explore how different forms interact to form strong structures. Parents can stick around to observe or duck out to tour the exhibition, get work done, hit a nearby coffee shop, or run a quick errand. Sat. Event details. 

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at Synchronicity Theatre
Enjoy watching the world’s most dapper bunny Edward Tulane navigate life when he finds himself lost at sea. Don’t miss Friday’s PJs and Play performance (with cookies and milk), or Sunday’s Inside Scoop show, complete with ice cream sundaes! Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Buckhead

Explore European Cuisine at Young Chefs Academy
Head to the newest Atlanta location of Young Chefs Academy on Collier Road at Howell Mill for a deep dive into European cuisine. From the Coast of Ireland to the Northern Regions of Italy, Young Chefs™ will craft a different, delectable course at each stop. Saturday classes fill up quickly so be sure to register here in advance. Sat. Event details. 

Roswell

Roswell Rocks! at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Get crafty by creating painted rocks to “hide” around Roswell and the surrounding area to spread joy and brighten people’s day. Add your rock to city parks and other public areas for others to find. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

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Family Night Hike at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Winter is one of the best times of year to explore nature at night. Head to the CNC to listen for the sounds of winter and gaze up at the stars, while enjoying the crisp air of the season. Take a journey with naturalists along the river boardwalk or venture into the forest on your hike. A campfire will be waiting for you as you wrap up the evening. Registration required online or 770-992-2055 x237. Sat. Event details.

Alpharetta

Big Apple Circus
Step right up and enter the magical ring of the Big Apple Circus, where no seat is more than 50 feet away from the action, with the Flying Wallendas, daredevil roller skating, trapeze, and comedian Grandma are all set to the sounds of a live band. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Downtown

Black History Month Parade
Celebrate Black History Month at this free downtown parade featuring drum lines, floats, dignitaries, and entertainers. Sat. Event details.

West End

Storytelling at Wren’s Nest
Head to the Historic Wren’s Nest to hear professional, award-winning storytellers spin tales of enchantment to ages 4 to 104! Wren’s Nest is the former home of Joel Chandler Harris. Sat. Event details. 

Decatur

The Jungle Book by Alliance Theatre
This adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic is the story of Mowgli, a boy abandoned to the jungle, who must learn to find his place within the longstanding community of animals. The Jungle Book is a moving story of finding your family in untraditional places. Sat. Event details.

How will you finish strong this month? Let us know in the comments below.

—Shelley Massey