Chuga-chuga, toot-toot! This train is pulling out of January and won’t be stopping ’till we hit February. Before you miss your chance, load up on one final boxcar full of fun this weekend. From the annual train exhibit at The Southern Museum to a free story time at Little Shop of Stories, you’ll be glad you did. Read on for our favorite places to play this weekend.

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Downtown

Story Time at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Story time with the Imaginators is performed at 12 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in January. Books for this month include Pomodoro Penguin and the Geography Giraffe by Bryce Westervelt, and There’s A World in My House by David Wood. Held at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW. Free with admission ($14.95/ person, free for babies under 1). All ages. Event details.

Midtown

Space! at Center for Puppetry Arts
Just in time for all this Jedi mania! Head to Center for Puppetry Arts for an original musical about the final frontier, and blast off with an alien rock-n-roll band on a galactic journey of discovery. Learn about planets, stars and meteors, gaze at Saturn’s rings with Galileo, and rock out on the asteroid belt. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. Member $10.25, Non-Member $20.50. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

A Bucket of Blessings
Don’t miss this incredible production based on the New York Times bestselling children’s book “A Bucket of Blessings” by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal. Filled with traditional Indian music and dancing, this charming retelling of a classic Indian folktale promises to engage the senses and inspire the imagination. Held at The Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Multiple showtimes; See website for details and pricing. All ages. Event details.

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Guided Tour of The Worlds of Puppetry Museum
If you are looking for an in-depth examination of the new Jim Henson Collection and Global Collection galleries, head to the Center for Puppetry Arts on Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m. for an interactive guided tour that includes an activity sheet for children. Please note that this ticket is for the Museum and Tour ONLY and does not include admission to a Performance or Create-A-Puppet Workshop. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. $14.50/ person, Children under age 2 are free. Tues. through Fri. at 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Second Sunday Funday at The High
Check out this series on the second Sunday of each month offering free admission for all visitors from 12 to 5 p.m. and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. Held at The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free. Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Cook Up Some Fun at Young Chef’s Academy
Get those kiddos cooking! Head to the YCA’s weekend classes, where little chefs learn how to cook a new item every week. Held at Young Chef’s Academy, Sandy Springs, 230 Hammond Drive NE, Suite 368. Price varies by package or class number purchased. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Junior Chefs and Senior Chefs, 10:30 a.m. Kinder Cooks. All ages. Event details.

Druid Hills

Wild Africa on IMAX
Head to Africa—the wildest place on Earth—at the newest IMAX presentation at Fernbank. Watch as your little explorers eyes’ widen at enchanted forests, the boiling edge of the underworld, celestial ice-capped mountains, lava-spewing volcanoes, crashing waterfalls and deep fantastical seas. And experience some of the greatest gatherings of wildlife ever captured on film. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE. IMAX only (does not include museum admission, not required) $13/ adult, $11/ child. Show times vary. All ages. Event details.

Tadpole Tales at Fernbank
Preschoolers (and pollywogs) will enjoy a story with a Fernbank educator along with a special activity or song. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Included with admission ($18/ adult, $16/ child). Sat. at 11:30 a.m. Preschoolers. Event details.

Ponce

Seussical the Musical
Don’t miss this FUN musical presented by OnStage Atlanta Young Performers, perfect for kids of all ages. Held at OnStage Atlanta, 2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Sat. at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

James and the Giant Peach
We all know about enchanted peaches down here in Georgia. Don’t miss this one-act musical at Onstage Atlanta about an English orphan’s own adventure to find his chosen family. Held at OnStage Atlanta, 2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Sat. at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Decatur

Story Time at Little Shop of Stories
Little Shop does Storytime right; it usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the restlessness of the crowd, and guest appearances by authors have been known to happen! Held at Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square. Free. Sun. at 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Play in the Powder at Snow Mountain
Who says Atlantans don’t know how to handle a few inches of snow? Head to Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park to prove just how much fun we know how to have in the white stuff. SnoBoggans, sledding, and s’mores, oh my! Held at Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Open select dates to 2/28/16; See website for details and pricing. All ages. Event details.

Kennesaw

Trains! Trains! Trains! at the Southern Museum
The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, home of the famous General Locomotive that was part of the great locomotive chase between Confederates and Union spies, will host its annual “Trains, Trains, Trains” event. The railroad-themed event will feature expanded model train layouts and activities for families. Held at The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History, 2829 Cherokee St. $7.50/ adult, $5.50/ ages 4-12, and free/ children 3 & under. Sat. and Sun. from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

What’s on your agenda this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Shelley Massey