This weekend is full of STEAM-centric activities, thanks to the Atlanta Science Festival. From tinker labs to flying animals, this is a weekend your science-geared gang won’t want to miss. And because this is Atlanta, you also have a home Hawks game, world-class puppetry, and urban farm exploration to choose from. Keep reading for everything you need to know to charge full-steam ahead this weekend.

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Downtown

Atlanta Science Festival Inaugural Weekend
Atlanta’s biggest interactive science event is free and open to adults, families, and children of all ages and interests. The Exploration Expo promotes science exploration, discovery and innovation with more than 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, mind-blowing demos and performances! Some events require registration; check website for dates and time and registration links. Sat. Event details. 

Courage Night at Atlanta Hawks
Join the Atlanta Hawks on March 9th against the Brooklyn Nets for Contains: Courage™ Night powered by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and the Atlanta Hawks!  Tickets include a pre-game mixer to the first 200 ticket purchasers, and the first 12 to purchase tickets will have access to an exciting fan experience! Fri. Event details.

Superhero Science Night at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Families are invited to Children’s Museum of Atlanta to discover the magical powers behind science at its annual Superhero Science Night on Saturday, March 9 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero as they learn how to save the world using the powers of STEM. The night will feature a variety of hands-on activities, including learning how the forces of air help Supergirl fly, discovering tastes and sounds with Daredevil and solving crimes in Gotham City from the Batcave. Fri. Event details.

BeltLine

Farms on the BeltLine Walking Tour
The “Farms in Living Color ” tours guides participants through urban farms and gardens via the Atlanta BeltLine Westside trail. Learn about farming, gardening, food access, the BeltLine, healthy food, citizen engagement and many more. Three uniquely produced tours are available Saturdays starting at 10:00am. You will visit 2 farms on each tour and will walk about 2 miles. Tours last 1.5 – 2 hours. Farmers and farms vary in purpose and size—all demonstrating the possibilities for food production in urban environments. Sat. Event details.

Midtown

Paul Bunyan & the Tall Tale Medicine Show at Center for Puppetry Arts
This historical hoedown with folktales and fables that honor Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Pecos Bill, and Hekeke of the Miwok tribe with tales taller than a ten-gallon hat. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

Flying Monsters 3D at Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Join world-renowned naturalist and documentary filmmaker David Attenborough as he recounts the fascinating story of how we humans first discovered that these creatures were real and how they were even able to get off the ground and indeed soar…until their sudden disappearance from Earth. Upgrade your movie ticket to a combination move and museum ticket and see the special exhibit, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs. Fri. Event details.

Buckhead

Candytopia at Lenox Marketplace
Regular pools are so last year. This year, Marshmallow Pools are in! Come take a dip, or let it rain marshmallows by activating the maelstrom. With over a dozen whimsical and wild environments, at Candytopia—an outrageously interactive candy wonderland—there is something for everyone to enjoy. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Roswell

Flying into the Future at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Flying into the Future is where science and nature collide to bring you activities focused on STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The CNC is all about forward-thinking at this Family Fun Day! Come ready to learn about flying animals as well as test your tinkering skills with STEM-themed partners and activities. Sun. Event details.

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—Shelley Massey