While love is all you need in theory, we know that it takes a little more than love alone to rock a weekend with kids. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we present to you our choices for having a blast this weekend with your little love bugs. After all, what screams love more than sipping tea with the Frozen sisters, stargazing, storytelling, and seeing Snow White?
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Elsa, Anna, and a Tea Party
Join Anna and Elsa at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room for a Valentine’s Day dress-up tea and story time. Be sure to wear your finest princess attire for the photos! RSVP required. Held at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room, 5075 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Ste. 500, $35/ person. Sat. from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Soak Up the Skies of Africa
Take the whole family to stargaze at The Skies of Africa, curated by Dr. Erin Bonning, director of the Emory University Planetarium. Afterwards, enjoy a family tour of the exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, led by museum docents. Registration is required. Held at The Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir. Free. Sun. from 2 to 4 p.m. Ages 6-12. Event details.
Explore Black History through Storytelling
Head to Callanwolde to hear some of the South’s best stories, as told by its best storytellers. During the month of February, the Southern Order of Storytellers will celebrate Black History through the storytelling tradition. Beer, wine and Coke products (this is Atlanta, y’all) will be available for purchase. Held at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE. $5 general admission; Children free. Fri. at 7 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Go See Stinky Kids the Musical
Based on the StinkyKids® books and characters from the creative mind of Atlanta mom Britt Menzies, this musical is about the sticky situation a little girl gets in, and how she works it out. Held at Synchronicity Theatre at Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St. $15/ Child (2-12), $20/ Adult. Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 1 and 4 p.m., Sun. at 2 and 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Start 3D Printing with the Fam
The family that designs together, stays together (or so the saying goes). Head to MODA for the family 3D design and printing workshop, where you’ll use software to manipulate basic shapes, symbols and texts. Then, pick up your creation in a couple of days (they print it out on a fancy Makerbot© Replicator© 2 Desktop 3D Printer). Held at Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. $40/ 2 family members (1 adult & 1 child) who are not MODA members or $35/ 2 family members (1 adult & 1 child) who are MODA members. Fee includes admission to the museum’s current exhibition. Sun. from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Ages 8-15. Event details.
Be Amazed at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Head to Philips Arena to check out LEGENDS, this year’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey original performance. With a unicorn, a pegasus, and a wooly mammoth, your kiddos will be wondering what the fuss is all about when they learn about the bearded woman. Held at Philips Arena, 1 Philips Dr. Multiple showtimes daily from Feb. 11-16; check website for details. Tickets start at $15. All ages. Event details.
Don a Superhero Cape and Save the World
The Children’s Museum’s new exhibit Super Kids Save the World empowers your kiddos to do just that by teaching them about the four R’s – reduce, reuse, repair, and recycle – through pretend play and learning experiences in a family home with it’s own garden, a re-use charity shop, and a recycling center. Held at Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. $12.75/ person. Fri. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ages 8 & under. Event details.
Watch True Love Bloom in Atlanta Ballet’s Snow White
Take the kids to cheer on the young heroine and her prince as they outsmart the evil queen. This family ballet has a one-hour run time, so it’s perfect for younger audiences, and the matinee works splendidly for a Valentine’s treat for the kiddos without sacrificing your date night. Held at Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $10. Ages 12 & under. Event details.
Take a Turtle Tour to Explore History
Let Sandy the Chipmunk and Spring the Turtle introduce your preschoolers to history as they listen to stories, explore exhibits, and make crafts. This month, they’ll learn that counting is cool. Held at Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, 6075 Sandy Springs Cir. Sat. at 11 a.m. Free. Ages 2-5. Event details.
Build a Sweetheart Picture Holder at Lowe’s
Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics are free, but you must register prior to the workshop to participate. This month’s activity is to build a wooden picture holder. Held at Lowe’s stores across Atlanta. Free. Sat. at 10 a.m. Ages 5 & older. Event details.
How will you spread the love this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.
Photo: Olivia’s Dollhouse Tearoom