Pop quiz! What do ninjas, barbecue festivals, and thousands of butterflies have in common? Answer: This weekend in Atlanta! It’s time to throw the stroller in the trunk, crank the air, and take your star students on a weekend-long field trip of fun.


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Strut With Your Stroller at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Load up your kiddos and their sweet rides for a jaunt through the Garden. No registration is required for this short interactive walking tour. Meet in the Hardin Visitor Center. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child ages 3 to 12, Free/ child 2 and under, Free for members). Fri. at 10:30 a.m. Ages 1-2. Event details.

See The Tortoise, The Hare, and Other Aesop’s Fables
Don’t miss the Center for Puppetry Arts’ production of Aesop’s Fables, including The Lion and the Mouse, The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, The Fox and the Crane, The Ant and the Grasshopper, and The Tortoise and the Hare. Go early for story time and to color a puppet to use during the show. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. $16.50, includes a build-a-puppet workshop. Thur-Fri: 10 & 11:30 a.m., Sat: 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m., Sun: 1 & 3 p.m. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

Watch Saturday Morning Cartoons at the Fox
Don’t miss the chance to share the magic of your favorite childhood cartoons at the Fox, on the big screen. Held at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE. $5-$10 in advance, combos available. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Go to The Piedmont Park Arts Festival
Don’t miss Piedmont Park’s summer arts and crafts festival, a two-day outdoor event with an emphasis on the visual arts and family fun. Held at Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Visit the 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. Held at Piedmont Park, 12th St. and Piedmont Ave. NE Park Entrance. Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Hi-Yaaa at LEGO Ninjago Weeekend at LEGOLAND
Calling all ninjas! To celebrate the release of LEGO Ninjago Airjitzu flyers, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta invites families to take their ninja flying skills to the next level by attending LEGO Ninjago Weekend. Held at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, Third Floor, Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd. Free with admission. Sat. from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sun. from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Atlantic Station

Belly Up at the Atlanta BBQ Festival 
Don’t miss this festival of swine at Atlantic Station, complete with a BBQ cook-off, plenty of food available for purchase, a kids zone, and live entertainment. Held at Atlantic Station, 20th St. & Fowler. $6 in advance, $10 day of event. Fri. from 4-10 p.m., Sat. from noon to 8 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Watch Fireworks Following the Braves Game
Cheer on our hometown heroes against Arizona, and enjoy the spectacular fireworks show after the game. Held at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr SE. Tickets start at $15. Fri. after the 7:35 p.m. game. All ages. Event details.


Rock the Decatur BBQ, Blues, and Bluegrass Festival
Yum, yum, getchu sum! Take the whole family to this festival and satisfy everyone’s palate. The kiddos will love the kid’s area, and the whole family will love the good food, live music, and great atmosphere. Held at 630 East Lake Drive & Harmony Park in Oakhurst. $10 in advance, $20 day of festival. Sat. from 12-8 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Flutter Over to the Butterfly Festival at Dunwoody Nature Center
Two enormous tents filled with hundreds of live butterflies will wow your kiddos, and they’ll also enjoy games, crafts, animal encounters, discovery stations, a nature scavenger hunt, hidden treasures, face painting (like a butterfly, of course), live music, and a Birds of Prey show. Held at Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr. $10/ adult, $5/ kids, under 3 free. Sat. from 12 to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

See Mary Poppins the Musical
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! The Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta is hosting the world’s favorite nanny in a musical adventure that’ll have audiences of all ages wishing they had a nanny like her! Held at MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road. $28/ adult, $15/ student. Sun. at 2 and 7 p.m.All ages. Event details.

How will you ace the weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey