As the kids come down from their post-Halloween sugar high, check out the fun and educational activities going on in Atlanta this weekend. Get rid of your jack-o-lanterns at a smashingly fun event, or celebrate Dia de los Muertos during a family-friendly fest. Read on to get all the details.
photo: The Rock Ranch
Marietta Square Art Walk
Enjoy an evening of live music, performance and local art as you shop, dine, and experience all Marietta Square has to offer. The Art Walk is a free self-guided walking tour of the Square’s galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and businesses; each participating venue hosts a local artist. Fri. Event details.
Score Free Museum Admission
Bank of America and Merrill Lynch debit and credit cardholders can get free admission to museums across the country, including the Atlanta History Center, the Center for Civil and Human Rights and the High Museum of Art. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Little ones can participate in a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities and earn stamps of completion in their engineering booklets. Activities will include launching a straw rocket, building a sail car, programming a robot, completing a circuit and much more. Sat. Event details.
North Druid Hills
Dia de los Muertos Festival, 5K and Skull Sprint
Join in on the fun at the 5th annual Dia de los Muertos Festival, 5K and 1-mile fun run. The festival is free and features a mariachi band, face painting, piñatas, arts and crafts and food from a neighborhood taqueria and bakery. Register to run the 5K or free 1-mile Skull Sprint by clicking here. Sat. Event details.
National Pumpkin Destruction Day
Smash it, don’t trash it! Don’t just toss your pumpkins after Halloween. Bring them to The Rock Ranch for National Pumpkin Destruction Day, where jack-o-lanterns will be dropped off a 50 ft. fork lift. There will even be monster trucks, airplanes and a full-sized fire truck cannon to help demolish pumpkins. Sat. Event details.
Tailgate Saturdays at College Football Hall of Fame
Watch college football games all day on the College Football Hall of Fame’s 36-foot, high-definition videoboard and enjoy cash bar and concessions. Fans can participate in The Home Depot scavenger hunt for the chance to win a special prize. Sat. Event details.
Explore a Science Wondershop
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s Science Wondershop offers kids the opportunity to explore science through a variety of hands-on activities. The program is designed to encourage imagination, curiosity and an interest in our world. A sign-up sheet will be located behind Security and is available on a first-come, first-served basis for the first 10 kids and 10 adults. Sun. Event details.
Dinosaur Explore at Stone Mountain Park
Check out 14 species of prehistoric dinosaurs at 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. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Brer Rabbit Blues & BBQ
Chow down on tasty BBQ at the Wren’s Nest. The Victorian home of author Joel Chandler Harris will be open for tours, and renowned storyteller Mama KoKu will perform throughout the afternoon. Bop along to live music performed by the blues group The Kerry Hill Band. Sun. Event details.
Planetarium Shows at Fernbank Science Center
Visit the Fernbank Science Center and check out the exhibit hall, planetarium, observatory, outdoor gardens and library, and daily planetarium shows, including Solar Quest, Earth, Moon & Sun, Perfect Little Planet, and OneWorld, One Sky (Big Bird’s Adventure). Fri.-Sat. Event details.