It might be Friday the 13th, but we’re still feeling lucky, especially since there are awesome events in store this weekend, including a pop-up bookshop, fall festivals and a Halloween magic show. Whether you’re superstitious or not, we’d bet a broken mirror that you’ll find an event here that your whole family will love. Just scroll down to get the scoop.
photo: The Children’s School
Celebrate the Release of The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Join your favorite ninjas at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta in celebration of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. In the spirit of the adventure film, participate in a themed scavenger hunt, a ninja skills challenge, LEGO build activities and so much more. Guests will also have the opportunity to win prizes and attend a meet and greet with Kai, the Fire Ninja, and other characters from the movie. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Flex Your Green Thumb at a Tree Sale
Shop more than 1,500 of the best native and exotic plants—including 200 species of trees, shrubs, native perennials and tree-friendly vines that provide habitat for your furry and feathered friends. Trees Atlanta staff members will be on hand to provide advice on plant selection and placement. All proceeds will benefit Trees Atlanta’s planting and education programs. Held rain or shine. Sat. Event details.
Little Diggers Family Gardening Series
Kiddos can get their hands dirty during Little Diggers, a free family gardening series about the fascinating world of horticulture and gardening, presented by Heritage Sandy Springs. Sat. Event details.
Fall Festival on Ponce
Check out the Fall Festival on Ponce hosted in Atlanta’s historic Olmsted Linear Park. Designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted, Sr., the park was restored by the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance and will feature over 125 displays of local and regional fine art and crafts. Festival goers can also enjoy local gourmet food trucks, beverages, a children’s area, live, acoustic music and more. The event is free to attend, open to all ages and dogs are welcome. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Hop Over to a Pop-Up Book Shop
Stop by Books & Bright Ideas, a pop-up bookstore hosted by The Children’s School, an independent school in Midtown for age 3 to grade 8. The school’s librarian has selected 50 books available for purchase for both children and adults that celebrate childhood, play and showing up as your authentic self. Teachers and students from TCS will lead kids through a paper circuit art project, and there will be a book giveaway raffle. Sat. Event details.
Fall Family Fun at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy the wonderful fall weather with the Garden’s Scarecrows and activities for the whole family. Pumpkin bowling, craft activities and a plush pumpkin toss will delight youngsters of all ages. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Atlanta Parent Magazine’s Fall Festival
With more than 50 activities to pick from, you won’t want to miss this Family Festival. Check out an exotic animal petting zoo, go on camel and pony rides, ride a trackless train, jump around on inflatables, see performances, explore a toddler play area and more. Sat. Event details.
Halloween Magic Show
Arthur Atsma will amaze and amuse folks of all ages with a show filled with captivating sleight of hand magic, audience interaction and comedy. Reservations are strongly recommended for this popular performance. Sat. Event details.
Listen to an Artful Story
Tots can listen to an Inka folktale about Fox and Mole, who hatch a plan to travel to the moon. Then, after exploring the special exhibition Threads of Time: Tradition and Change in Indigenous American Textiles, visit the Emory Planetarium to learn more about the phases of the moon and find Fox in the moon. This program is free, but reservations are required. Sat. Event details.
Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival
Head to Stone Mountain Park for the annual Pumpkin Festival, complete with pumpkin-themed entertainment, a pumpkin patch and beautiful fall views. Don’t miss the new carnival each afternoon with inflatables, candy, traditional boardwalk games and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.