This weekend is going to be really, really, really boring. April Fools! Between short-sheeting your kiddos cribs and freezing their morning cereal, you’ll be busy hitting some of Atlanta’s best springtime festivals on Ponce and in Brookhaven, knocking it out at a giant pillow fight in Grant Park, and checking out opening day festivities at multiple farmer’s markets around town. Don’t be fooled. April is going to rock.
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Cherry Blossom Festival
While you check out the arts and crafts and enjoy the entertainment, your littles will love the activities going on at the Children’s Village, including musical entertainment and games. Held at Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.
In honor of National Pillow Fight Day, bring your pillow (soft feathers only, please) to Grant Park and have a go at every kid’s favorite thrill. Held at Grant Park, Cherokee Ave SE and Sydney St. SE. Sat. from 3 to 5 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
Atlanta Fair at Turner Field
The rides are in gear and there will soon be cheer; get ready, Atlanta- the fair is near! Returning for another season, the Atlanta Fair is back at Turner Field, and it’s without a doubt the most reasonably priced fair in the land (admission ranges from $.50 on select dates to $3). Held at Turner Field Grey Lot, 655 Central Ave SW. Tickets prices vary by date. All ages. Event details.
Mystery of the Mayan Medallion
Head to the Children’s Museum to help an archeological team dig at a site in Palenque, Mexico (which just happens to have been transported to the Children’s Museum, so no airline tickets needed!). Search for a priceless jade medallion using archeology, biology and astro-mathematics. Held at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW. Free with admission ($14.95/ person, free for babies under 1). All ages. Event details.
Galapagos George, The Little Tortoise That Could at Center for Puppetry Arts
Once upon a time, there was a not-so-little tortoise named George in the Galapagos Islands. Learn about geography, history, science, and Latin culture in this artful eco-tale at the nation’s best spot to catch a puppet show. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. Member $10.25, Non-Member $20.50, Free under 2. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
The Lizard and El Sol at The Alliance Theatre
Some days, you just need to see good triumph over bad. Round up your littles for this classic tale of love, faith, courage, and giving in a one-act, family friendly production on the Alliance Stage. Held at The Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Through March 20. Adults $35, children $20. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Atlanta Blooms! at the Botanical Garden
The tulips are coming! Celebrate springtime surrounded by meadows of tulips, daffodils, crocus and more. Ushering in the Garden’s ruby 40th anniversary and color-filled Chihuly exhibition, this bulb display is fiery with thousands of blooms in red, orange and hot colors. Keep in mind that bloom times vary, but the exhibition is designed to bow to the whim of Mother Nature. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Through April 30. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, free under 3). All ages. Event details.
Orchid Daze at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Not only are they beautiful, varied, and exotic, but orchids also grow inside the HOTHOUSE and are in bloom! Head to the Garden this winter for some warm, fresh air. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Through April 10. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, free under 3). All ages. Event details.
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 check your veggies at the veggie valet while you play. Held at Piedmont Park, 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue NE Park Entrance. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Opening Day at Decatur Farmer’s Market
Help the Mayor dedicate the new Saturday location with music, kid’s activities, and cartwheel parties on the lawn. Held at First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairmont Ave. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Wild Africa on IMAX
Head to Africa—the wildest place on Earth—at the newest IMAX presentation at Fernbank. Watch as your little explorers eyes’ widen at enchanted forests, the boiling edge of the underworld, celestial ice-capped mountains, lava-spewing volcanoes, crashing waterfalls and deep fantastical seas. And experience some of the greatest gatherings of wildlife ever captured on film. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE. IMAX only (does not include museum admission, not required) $13/ adult, $11/ child. Show times vary. All ages. Event details.
Wild Music at Fernbank
If your kiddos love to sing, beat on drums, and dance, they’ll love Fernbank’s exhibit on music. Whales compose, bullfrogs chorus, songbirds greet the dawn, and people everywhere sing and dance. Discover nature’s “musicians” in a multitude of hands-on activities throughout the exhibit. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Included with admission ($18/ adult, $16/ child). Exhibit through Jul. 31. All ages. Event details.
Spring Festival on Ponce
The Festival on Ponce is an arts and crafts festival in the historic Olmsted Linear Park with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and “outsider art,” a children’s games area and local food and beverage. Held at Olmstead Linear Park, 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave. Free. Sat. All ages. Event details.
Natural Artist at Work at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville
Take a tiny road trip to Gainesville to check out the newest branch of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and watch artist Patrick Dougherty create one of his monumental sculptures this spring from wood, branches and twigs harvested on site. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, 1911 Sweetbay Drive. Free with admission ($8/ adults, $5/ child, free under 3). Mar 21 – Apr 8. All ages. Event details.
Visit the Fair at Serenbe
In conjunction with their production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, Serenbe Playhouse has adding an actual fair, complete with Ferris Wheel and Carousel, for patrons to enjoy pre-show and for the general public to enjoy on weekends during the run of the show. Held at Serenbe, 9110 Selborne Lane. Rides available for purchase with tickets ($1/1 ticket). Pre-show and on weekends from noon until evening during the show’s run. All ages. Event details.
18th Century Colonial Faire
Learn from a little living history at the 7th Annual 19th Century Colonial Market Faire in Winder, complete with re-enactors, military drills, children’s activities, trading posts, Native American warriors, and frontier camps. Held at Fort Yargo State Park, 201 S. Broad Street. $5/ person, kids under 12 free. Thur. to Sat. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.
What’s up your sleeve this first weekend in April? Tell us in the comments section below!