Whether you want to stay out of the heat or dig right in, this weekend’s forecast has something for everyone. Family performances abound in blissful AC, while family gardening workshops and full moon hikes make even the great (hot) outdoors cool. Keep reading for everything you need to know about these activities, and more.

Photo: Carrie Kellenberger via Flickr


Cinderella Della Circus at Center for Puppetry Arts
With high-flying thrills, Cinderella Della Circus brings puppetry and the circus together with fairytale magic. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Paw Patrol Live! at The Fox
Chase and the gang are on the case at this live production of the favorite kid’s show, Paw Patrol. Don’t miss their visit to the Fox Theatre! Sat. & Sun. Event details

CreATE-ATL at The Woodruff Arts Center
Explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive, family-friendly environment including free activities. To participate in the free activities happening each Sunday, register through event details. Sun. Event details.


Free Admission to The High
On the second Sunday of each month The High offers free admission for all visitors and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. Please note: Admission is free from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Sun. Event details


Full Moon Hike at Blue Heron Nature Preserve
Hike the Blue Heron Nature Preserve by the light of the full moon, where once a month you can come explore with a naturalist and learn why the full moons have their names, and what effects the cycles have on plants and animals. End your hike with a cool lemonade. Fri. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Little Diggers Family Gardening Series
Little Diggers is a FREE Family Gardening Series about the fascinating world of horticulture and gardening, presented by Heritage Sandy Springs in partnership with the North Fulton Master Gardeners and in cooperation with UGA Extension in Fulton County. Sat. Event details. 

Druid Hills

Amazon Adventure 3D at Fernbank
Amazon Adventure highlights the exciting true story of Henry Bates’ 11-year journey through the perilous Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Stone Mountain

Dinosaur Explore at Stone Mountain Park
Check out 14 species of prehistoric dinosaurs in Stone Mountain Park’s “Dinosaur Explore” exhibit. The prehistoric creature collection features more than 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects allowing them to move and roar just like their ancient ancestors, available on “Attractions Open” days and included in a daily Adventure Pass and an annual Mountain Membership. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Marietta Square Art Walk
Enjoy an evening of live music, performance and local art as you shop, dine, and experience all The Marietta Square has to offer. Art Walk is a free self-guided walking tour of the Marietta Square’s galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and businesses. During Art Walk, each participating venue hosts a local artist outside of its storefront in Marietta Square. Fri. Event details.


Summer Puppet Series: Robin Hood
Bringing world-class puppetry to Roswell, the Roswell Summer Puppet Series showcases 7 family-friendly performances in their summer season, including Robin Hood, playing on Friday before a break over the holiday weekend. Fri. Event details. 

Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Flutter on over for a special outdoor exhibit that’s included with General Admission and free to CNC Members. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, be sure to bring your camera! Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Worth the Drive: Cartersville

Sonic Sensations at Tellus Science Museum
Hop up the road to Cartersville for a Sonic Sensation—a fun and informative exhibit of sound. Interactive stations teach visitors about the science behind how we hear. See how our ears work, experiment with pitch, measure the frequency of sounds, conduct an invisible orchestra, and more. You can even measure your own decibels in the Scream Chamber! Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Worth the Drive: Chattahoochee Hills

Robin Hood at Serenbe Playouse
Based on the classic story of Robin Hood, a man of the people who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, this adaptation by Serenbe collaborator Rachel Teagle and under the direction of Broadway’s Paul McGill, characters will fly through Serenbe’s magnificent forest on a zip line, redistributing wealth as they go. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

What are you doing to heat things up this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey