Whether you’re ready for it or not, Summer is rounding third base and sprinting towards home (a.k.a. the first day of school). But don’t fret – there’s still plenty of fun to be had! From a giant slip and slide on Ponce to the Atlanta ice cream festival, you’ll be so busy this weekend that you might not even notice the back-to-school signs in all the store windows.

Slip and Slide

Decatur

Slip and Slide Down Ponce Avenue
In case you just can’t make it to Roswell this summer to shoot the ‘Hooch, load up your littles and head to Decatur, instead. You can slip, slide, and strut down the 1,000 foot long water slide (that’s 3 football fields of fun!). Held on W. Ponce de Leon Ave. from Clairemont Ave. to Ponce de Leon Pl. $30/ early bird registration, $35/ regular registration, and $40/ late registration. Sat. 46 inches tall and 5 years or older. Event details.

Downtown

Dive In Movie at the Aquarium
Head to the top of the Aquarium’s parking deck to see Home (PG). Don’t forget your blanket or lawn chair, and be sure to get there in time for character appearances beginning at 8 p.m. Movie runs at sundown (around 8:40 p.m.). Buy tickets and reserve your spot here. Held at Georgia Aquarium Parking Deck, 225 Baker St. Free for members and included in regular admission, with availability ($35.95/ adult, $29.95/ child, Free for kids under 3). Sat. at 8 p.m. All ages (Movie is rated PG). Event details.

Midtown

Atlanta Ice Cream Festival
I scream, you scream, we all scream! Don’t miss the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival in Piedmont Park, complete with local and national artisans scooping up the good stuff. Held at Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive Northeast. Free admission. Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Visit the Green Market at Piedmont Park
If it’s Saturday in Atlanta, it’s time to visit the Green Market. Bring the bikes and the pups and pay a visit to the market, with it’s array of Georgia grown produce, handmade crafts, cooking demonstrations, and kids’ activities. Held at Piedmont Park, 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue NE Park Entrance Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Catch a Live Children’s Performance at Botanical Garden
What to do, what to do? It’s Saturday. Time to turn off the cartoons and load ’em up for live performances by storytellers and musicians in the Children’s Garden. Best news? Rain. Or. Shine. This Saturday, see the Andy Offutt Irwin Environmental Epic Show. Held at Children’s Amphitheater at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, Free for 3 and under). Sat. at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: McDonough

Pick Blackberries and Blueberries at Southern Belle Farm
Don’t miss blackberry and blueberry season at Southern Belle Farm, where you can either buy already picked or hit the U-Pick berry and vegetable patch. Held at Southern Belle Farm, 1658 Turner Church Rd. U-pick 1 gal. for $12. Monday – Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: The Rock

Summer Fun Days at The Rock Ranch
Don’t miss the last weekend to enjoy family activities at The Rock Ranch, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except Sundays) for fun on the farm while kids are out of school. Held at The Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Highway. $10/person. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except Sundays. All ages. Event details.

How will you rock the weekend? Tell us where in the comments section below!

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–Shelley Massey

Photo: Slide in the City