We don’t want to stress you out, but did you know that Saturday is National Stress Awareness Day? Luckily, it comes with no requisite photo sessions at the mall, procurement of specially moulded chocolates, or even the donning of an appropriate color. In fact, it’s a pretty stress-less day. So throw your to-do list out the window and pick one of the promising weekend activities from our list below. It’s as easy as that.

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Free Family Fun at The Woodruff Arts Center
Explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive, family-friendly environment—including free activities—every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. To participate in the free activities happening each Sunday, make your reservation here. Held at The Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

Beauty and the Beast at Center for Puppetry Arts
Try out a modern-day adaptation of the classic tale of Belle and the Beast. Don’t let the hip-hop number fool you though, because in the end, it’s true love that prevails and unites the two tales. 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.

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.

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.


Artful Stories at The Carlos
When ancient art, great stories, and inquisitive children are brought together something exciting happens! Don’t miss these monthly programs where your kiddos can sit in the galleries of the Carlos, surrounded by works of art and hear stories of ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt, Asia, the Americas, and Africa. After the story, children and their companions will move to the Tate Room to create works of art or participate in activities based on the story and the cultures represented in the Carlos’ collections. Held at The Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir NE. Sat. from 3 to 5 p.m. Free, but a reservation is required by calling Alyson Vuley at 404.727.0519. 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.

Matzah at the Museum
In honor of Passover, Children’s Museum of Atlanta and the Marcus Jewish Community Center have teamed up to host Matzah at the Museum as part of the Museum’s signature “Meet the Holidays” program to celebrate and explore world cultures. Themed activities, including craft stations, storytime, sing-alongs, science experiments and more, and people of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to enjoy this fun-filled event. Held at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW. Sun. from 2 to 5 p.m. Free with admission ($14.95/ person, free for babies under 1). All ages. Event details.


Decatur Farmer’s Market
Need some fresh air and fresh veggies? Take the kids to the Decatur Farmer’s Market every Wednesday and Saturday through the Fall. Weekly activities, entertainment, and events are sure to delight the kiddos (maybe even enough to convince them to eat the veggies you buy). Held at First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairmont Ave. Free. Wed. from 4-7 p.m. and Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.

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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.

Sandy Springs

Kick off Spring Festival Season in Style with Sandy Springs Artsapalooza, equal parts art show, music festival and street party, and the perfect way to kick of spring festival season in Atlanta! n addition to beautiful artwork, the festival will also include gourmet food trucks, live acoustic music, children’s activities, as well as free parking and free admission. Held at 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NE. Free. Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Lemonade Days
Don’t miss the 17th annual Lemonade Days festival hosted by Dunwoody Preservation Trust (DPT) from Wednesday, April 13th through Sunday, April 17th. There will be carnival rides, a petting zoo, Dunwoody Antiques Car Show, great food, Made in Dunwoody products and local music. Held at Brook Run Park (but no pets, please), 4770 North Peachtree Rd. Wed. & Thurs. from 4-10 p.m., Fri. from 4 to 11 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun. from 12 to 6 p.m. Wednesday wristbands (Unlimited rides) $20.00; Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Wristbands, $25.00. All ages. Event details.


Junior Ranger Day at Kennesaw Mountain
Don’t miss Kennesaw Mountain’s annual Junior Ranger Day, complete with nature stations and environmentally-based activities. The day is free but does require pre-registration that can be found here. Held at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park/ National Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 8 to 13. Event details.

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The Princess & The Goblin at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
The Atlanta Ballet will perform a family-friendly production of The Princess & The Goblin at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. You’ll be transported to the Kingdom of the Goblin, where a young heroine must call upon friends, family, and her own courage to perform a daring rescue. Held at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. From $20 per ticket. Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Intro to Tree Climbing
Go “on rope” for an adventure exploring the tree canopy above Panola Mountain State Park at an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Register in advance by calling 770-389-7801. Ages 8 and up. Held at Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 Highway 155 SW. $15 to register and $5 to parking. Sat. from 1 to 5 p.m. Ages 8 & up. Event details.

What are your weekend plans? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey