May day! May day! The weekend is rushing headlong at us and we’ve got no plans! … Said no Red Tricycle reader, ever. From a free kids weekend at the Georgia Renaissance Fair to kite decorating and high flying fun at Piedmont Park, this first weekend of May’s forecast is smooth sailing. Read on to chart your flight path through Atlanta’s best weekend activities.

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photo: Young Nobility by Gretchen Hampton


Kids Get In Free This Weekend at The Georgia Renaissance Festival
Celebrating its 31st year, the Georgia Renaissance Festival has been voted on of the Southeast’s Top 20 Events, and is an art and entertainment festival held each spring combining outdoor theater, circus-style entertainment, and an arts and craft marketplace, all set inside a re-created 16th-Century European village. Ten stages provide a continuous schedule of music, comedy, juggling, and amazing feats of skill, and roaming performers will keep the kiddos entertained all day long. Be sure to check out the website for themed weekend events. Held at Georgia Renaissance Festival, 6905 Virlyn B. Smith Rd. Sat. & Sun. from 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Adults $19, kids FREE this weekend. All ages. Event details.

Inman Park

45th Annual Inman Park Festival
Don’t miss the 45th annual Inman Park Festival, complete with a parade, arts and antiques booths, a kid zone, and a tour of homes (so you can imagine what your home might look like without legos on the floor and crayons on the walls). The Kid Zone this year is presented by Publix, and will include slides, obstacles courses, crafts, a great playground, riding toys for the youngest guests and special Circus performances by the folks at Circus Camp—all for free.. Held at Inman Park, Euclid Ave. and Edgewood Ave. Sat. & Sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission (concessions and select activities are additional). All ages. Event details.


Fly a Kite for a Cause at Piedmont Park
Join Mother & Others for Clean Air on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park for the family-friendly event “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” With picnic lunches, a kite decorating contest and kite flying lessons, you won’t have to beg them to drop the iDevices and get out and play! This fun celebration kicks-off May as Asthma Awareness Month and highlights the importance of both clean air and outdoor recreation for children’s health. Held at Park Tavern at Piedmont Park, 500 10th Street NE. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets start at $10. All ages. Event details.

Opening Weekend of Chihuly in the Garden
Internationally acclaimed artist, Dale Chihuly, returns to the Garden this spring for an encore exhibition of his spectacular works of glass art with kaleidoscopic colors. Don’t miss seeing the installations at night, too, while the Garden offers extended hours. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, free under 3). All ages. Daytime admission: Wed. – Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Event details.


Meet the Holidays: Cinco de Mayo at the Children’s Museum
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the kiddos at The Children’s Museum, with traditional dances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., story time at 12 and 2 p.m., music and movement (learn the Mexican hat dance and the limbo) at 3 p.m., and art studio classes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held at The Children’s Museum, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $14.95/ person, infants free. All ages. Event details.

Sandy Springs

American Girl Club at Heritage Sandy Springs
Go on a rainforest trek with Lia and explore history through crafts, games, and snacks at Heritage Sandy Springs. Don’t forget to bring your favorite doll! Held at Heritage Sandy Springs, 6075 Sandy Springs Cir. Sat. from 10:30-12 p.m. $10/ person. Ages 5-10. Event details.


Mother Goose Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Head to the Chattahoochee for classic tales in the Unity Garden with Miss Julia, and be sure to enjoy garden crafts and treats from the garden afterwards. Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. Sun. at 1 p.m. Free with admission ($10/ adult, $6/ child ages 3-12, free under 3). All ages. Event details.


Saturday on the Farm at The Rock Ranch
On three Saturdays this Spring, you can get down on the farm, including all the activities at The Rock Ranch—Locomotive Train Rides, Pedal Carts, Cane Pole Fishing, Tiny Town, Petting Zoo, Giant Jumping Pillow, Paddle Boats, Cow Train, Cow Belly Bouncer, Slide Hill, Volleyball, Horse Shoes, and Farm Market Playground. Held at The Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Hwy. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12 per person (plus tax) over the age of two. All ages. Event details.

How will you spend the first week of May? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey