From imagination playgrounds to pollinators, farmer’s markets to free admission to National Parks, this weekend is bound to get your brood out and about. Be sure to check out the Atlanta Blooms exhibit at the Botanical Garden before it’s gone, and bundle up for another helping of Frozen—on ice! Read on for details on these events and more happening around Hotlanta.


Photo: David Fulmer via flickr

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Free Admission to National Parks
Head to one of our nearby national parks and enjoy free admission in honor of National Park Week. Find a park to check out here. Held at all National Parks in US through Sun. Free. All ages. Event details.

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Make It Epic! Hot Wheels Race Track Build at Participating Toys R Us
Join participating Toys”R”Us locations to build and race Hot Wheels cars on an epic Hot Wheels track set. Rearrange the track and race again and again! Participants will take home a free Hot Wheels car. Find a store near you here. Held at multiple store locations nationwide. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.


Celebrate LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta’s 5th Birthday
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta is turning 5 and celebrating each day at 1 p.m. with giveaways, LEGO cake builds (and complimentary cake at 2 p.m.), and surprise visits from Emmet and friends during the week of April 18-22. Held at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta – Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE. Fri. At the door for $19.95 or online ahead of time for $14.95. Ages 2 & up. Event details.


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. Every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. 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.


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.


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.

Druid Hills

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.


Disney On Ice Presents Frozen
Anna and Elsa are in town, and guess what? They’re on ICE! Really—can it get any more perfect? Held at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy. $25-$95. Wed. to Thurs. at 7:30 p.m., Fri. at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Sat. at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., Sun. at 1 and 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Lithia Springs

Imagination Playground at Sweetwater Creek State Park
Don’t miss a trip to Imagination Playground, a collection of giant blue building blocks for kids ages 4-12 to build and create with while you relax and enjoy the view at Sweetwater Creek. Held at Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road. Free, but $5 for parking. Sat. from 12 to 5 p.m. Ages 4 to 12. Event details.

Play with Pollinators
Take the kids to this interactive program to discover what a pollinator is and how they help improve our ecosystem. Held at Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road. Free, but $5 for parking. Sat. from 1 to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.

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

—Shelley Massey