Welcome to Summer, Atlanta! The mosquitos are biting, the air is hot and heavy, and the kids are Out. Of. School! What’s a parent to do to keep it cool this weekend? Take your pick from an airshow, a green market, a toddler takeover, and more from our “cool list,” and we guarantee you’ll be the coolest family in town.

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Chamblee

Soar to the Good Neighbor Day Airshow at PDK
Don’t miss this incredible display of trucks, planes, and other locomotion at the Peachtree Dekalb Airport, where you’ll also be treated to a stunt flight demonstration, inflatables, sand castles, face painting, funnel cakes… oh, and there’s a playground! Held at Peachtree Dekalb Airport, 2000 Airport Rd. Free (Parking is $10/ car). Sat. from 12-5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Midtown

Don’t Miss Mo Willems Day at The High
In conjunction with the exhibition Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems, The High will host a special book signing and story time with Willems (reserve space in advance here), character appearances, crafts, storybook creation, scavenger hunt, and more. Tickets to the signing will be distributed at the main Museum ticket desk beginning at 9:00 a.m., while supplies last. Held at The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free with admission ($19.50/ adult, $12 ages 6-17, ages 5 and under free). Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Visit with Endangered Species
Take your wild things to the Garden for a day celebrating rare plants and animals. Come nose-to-nose with exceptional creatures and learn about conservation efforts happening throughout Georgia. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, ages 3 and under free). Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Go to the Toddler Takeover Arts Festival
The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, and Young Audiences present the 2nd annual Toddler Takeover arts festival for the very young, with artistic experiences and arts-based workshops for kids ages 5 and under. Featuring six original productions, stroller tours, an interactive play space, and a special exhibit at the High, you won’t want to miss this family arts affair. Held at Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St NE. Adult Day Pass: $30, Big Kid Day Pass (for children 6–17 years old): $5, Very Young Day Pass (0–5 years old): Free. Fri. to Sun. see website for specific event times. Ages 0-5. Event details.

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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. Afterwards, explore the park on it’s wide paved trails and be sure to hit the splash pad! Held at Piedmont Park, 12th St. and Piedmont Ave. NE Park Entrance. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.

State Parks, Multiple Locations

National Kids to Parks Day
Georgia’s State Parks and Historic Sites have planned dozens of family-friendly activities in celebration of “National Kids to Parks Day,” including fishing rodeos, guided hikes, nature crafts, scavenger hunts, archery, geocaching and numerous other programs. Go play while you can, on May 16, 23 and 30. For specific events at your nearest State Park, click here. Held at Georgia State Parks, Multiple Locations. Free, parking $5. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Trip: Chattahoochee Hills

See The Secret Garden at Serenbe
What better way to say hello to summer than by watching an adaptation of the book The Secret Garden at Serenbe? Introduce the minis to Mary Lennox and her secret garden, and enjoy the immersive-style performance in the newly completed English Garden at Serenbe. Held at Serenbe Playhouse, 9110 Selborne Lane Suite 210. Tickets start at $10. Fri. & Sat. at 11 a.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. from May 29 – Aug. 2. All ages. Event details.

What are you and your cool cats up to this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey