Spring has sprung and this weekend is more fun than a pogo stick on a trampoline. Whether you bounce from the iconic Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park to family yoga at The High, or from a family canoe excursion at the Chattahoochee Nature Center to a Mad Hatter tea party in John’s Creek, you’ll be flying high all weekend long. Read on to check out our picks for where to land for the most fun.
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Family Friday at Atlanta Dogwood Festival
Family Friday at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival features special family-oriented entertainment, and kids and adults can both have fun with unlimited ride wristband good for all rides and inflatables on Friday only. Festival hours on Friday are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Artist Market closes at 7 p.m.). Held at Piedmont Park , Charles Allen and 10th Street. $10 in advance of $15 at the gate. 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.
Second Sunday Funday at The High Museum
Check out this series on the second Sunday of each month offering free admission for all visitors from 12 to 5 p.m. and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m. Held at The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Sunday. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Spring Break Family Fun at Atlanta Botanical Garden
One. whole. week. If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids and the beach isn’t in your future, head to the Botanical Garden for daily crafts and activities in the children’s garden. Note: This is not a camp; though the Garden does host a Spring Break Camp (see details here). Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child 3-12, free for kids under 3). Apr. 4-8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Studio Spring Break and Family Yoga at The High
No plans for spring break? No problem. Head to the High to get ready for the opening of I See a Story: The Art of Eric Carle, then create painted and collaged patterns inspired by the works of Eric Carle. Be sure to make the Head to Toe inspired yoga class each day at 2 p.m., where the whole family is welcome. Held at The High Museum of Art , 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free with admission ($19.50/ adult, $12 ages 6-17, ages 5 and under free). Apr. 1-3 and 8-9 from 1-4 p.m. All ages. 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.
Children’s Chamber Concert at The Carlos Museum
Introduce kids of all ages to chamber music in the intimate space of the Carlos Museum’s Reception Hall, performed by The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and special guest artists. Held at The Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir NE. Sun. at 4 p.m. Free. 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.
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 Break Fun at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
Head to the CNC for story times (Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.), creature features, feeding times, fairy house scavenger hunts, and fairy house building (daily at 1 p.m.) plus 127 acres of nature to explore. Who needs the Gulf of Mexico, anyways? Note: This is not a camp, though they do offer Spring Break Camps at the CNC. Click here for details. Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. Free with admission ($10/adults, $6/ children ages 3 -12, Children 2 & under are free). April 4-8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Family Canoe Day at CNC
Paddle on up to the CNC in Roswell for a sweet 1 ½ hour introduction to canoeing, followed by races, games, and water squirters on Beaver Pond. All equipment is provided. Register here or call or call 770-992-2055 in advance. Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road. $15/ general public, $10/ members. Sat. at 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Mad Hatter Tea Party at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tearoom
Enjoy a Mad Hatter tea party complete with dress up, story time & photos with Alice of Alice in Wonderland. In addition, princes & princesses will receive an exclusive tour of the Dollhouse.
No crowds. No waiting. Every prince & princess will be treated like royalty!
This event is limited to 24 participants, so pre-registration is required. Held at Olivia’s Dollhouse Tea Room, 5075 Abbotts Bridge Road, Suite 500. $35 for the 1st sibling; $25 additional siblings. Sun. from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ages 2 & up. 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.
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter’s Farm
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 Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 Highway 155 SW. $5/ parking. Fri. from 8 to 10 a.m. All ages. Event details.
Where will we find you bouncing this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!