What a weekend, Atlanta! From free admission for dads to some of the city’s favorite attractions to a Juneteenth celebration not to be missed, you’re going to want to clear your calendars for the next few days. Keep reading for our take on the best of what Atlanta has to offer its families!

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Buckhead

Juneteenth at Atlanta History Center
Explore the complex history of the end of slavery in the United States and gain an in-depth understanding of what enslaved people went through to secure their freedom. Learn why their experiences are relevant today through museum theatre performances, author presentations, talk-back sessions, crafts, and more. Food for purchase will be available all weekend long. This is a free admission weekend. Guests are invited to enjoy the program as well as Atlanta History Center’s historic houses, gardens, and exhibitions. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Downtown

Father’s Day Celebration at College Football Hall of Fame
Celebrate your legendary dad at the Hall this Father’s Day, Built by The Home Depot. They’re giving Dad the chance to play like the big kid he is with free admission for dads all day (with the purchase of an accompanying ticket), plus, the first 100 dads in the door receive a $25 gift card to The Home Depot. Get Dad in the game on our 45-yard indoor playing field, play sportscaster at the ESPN College GameDay desk and get immersed in our must-see college football experience! Then, let him relax and unwind with a complimentary chair massage (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) provided by Pamper Perfect. Sun. Event details.

Father’s Day at Georgia Aquarium
This Father’s Day, Georgia Aquarium wants to treat dads and their kiddos to a special 2 for $60 discounted admission on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Tickets must be purchased online in advance and applies to any age group. Additional tickets may also be purchased at our discounted online, advanced ticket rate. Sun. Event details.

Beebo and Ravioli at The Children’s Museum
Don’t miss this special two week program of Beebo and Ravioli’s Spectacular Circus—miniature interactive musical that gives kids the chance to be a clown, acrobat or circus animal alongside the Imaginators. Little circus fans can also sign up for Clown School, where they will learn how to juggle and hula hoop during the Music and Movement program. Whimsical activities will also be held at the Art Studio, Science Bar and Build It Lab. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Midtown

Beauty and the Beast at Center for Puppetry Arts
Trash is turned into treasure and true love prevails when this classic tale hip-hops its way into a modern day city complete with alley cats, beauty shops, and exercise videos. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

Superpower Dogs in 3D at Fernbank
Join an immersive giant screen adventure to experience the life-saving superpowers and extraordinary bravery of some of the world’s most amazing dogs. In this inspiring true story narrated by Chris Evans, our best friends are also real-life superheroes. Journey around the globe to meet remarkable dogs who save lives and discover the powerful bond they share with their human partners. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Sandy Springs

Take It to the River Lantern Parade
Don’t miss the 4th annual Sandy Springs Lantern Parade, which starts at Steel Canyon Golf Club and ends at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. You’ll see crowd favorites the dragonfly and great blue heron “puppet” lanterns that interact with the audience, along with the swans, Lilly and Billy, Alice the 25-foot albino alligator, Big Mama Sandy the turtle, and Jeremiah the bullfrog, accompanied by his lilies. New this year is Sanderson the Flying Pig. Once the parade reaches the river, paddlers from High Country Outfitters will escort select lanterns to the river for a floating parade. Don’t miss this riveting river light display! Sat. Event details.

Grant Park

Free Admission for Dads at Zoo Atlanta
Take dad to see where the wild things really live! This Father’s Day, dads get in Zoo Atlanta for free with the purchase of one regular price adult or child admission.. Sun. Event details.

Roswell

Summer Puppet Series: The Three Little Pigs Build a Better House
This beloved Roswell tradition returns in 2019 with shows that are sure to delight audiences of all ages. Now Serving King of Pops following Wednesday and Friday Matinees at the bridge. This week’s show is The Three Little Pigs Build a Better House. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

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Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center
The CNC’s butterfly exhibit is back for its sixth summer and is bigger than ever. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, so be sure to bring your camera. You can also purchase nectar and host plants to start your own butterfly garden or supplement your existing garden. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Alpharetta

Free Family Stroller Strides Pop Up at Avalon
Join FIT4MOM Roswell Alpharetta Perimeter for a FREE family friendly morning of fitness at the Alpharetta City Center. Bring the whole family to Stroller Strides® Saturday morning—a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for all families with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining little ones with songs, activities and fun. Sat. Event details

Worth the Drive: Cartersville

Family Movie Night at Red Top Mountain
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a snack, and meet on the green at Picnic Shelters 1, 2, and 3 to enjoy a movie surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Red Top Mountain State Park and Lake Allatoona. All movies shown will be rated G or PG, and start at dark (about 8:45 PM). Call the visitor center to learn more. Inclement weather may cancel this event. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey