Looking for something to do this weekend that can hold a candle (or pinhole glasses) to the eclipse on Monday? Look no further. From sweet story times and children’s performances to some serious training by Sprout at the Summer Shade Festival, keep reading for everything you need to know about surpassing some serious expectations.

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Sandy Springs

American Girl Club at Heritage Sandy Springs
This monthly program will let participants travel through time via the perspectives of the brave and spunky history characters of the American Girl® series, learning history in an interactive and fun way. Each Club event will include a hands-on activity, craft, and snack. RSVPs requested and highly recommended. Sat. Event details


Storytime at Little Shop of Stories
Don’t miss storytime each and every week at Atlanta’s favorite independent children’s bookstore in the Decatur square. Storytime usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the restlessness of the crowd, and expect Sunday story times to be tailored to the crowd that shows up on that day. Sun. Event details. 


Shows for Seedlings at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
Head to the Garden for musical performances, professional storytelling, and the splash pad in the newly renovated Children’s Garden on Saturdays through the end of September. Fri. & Sat. Event details. 

Merry Go Zoo Structures at The High
The High Museum of Art just got a little funkier. Experience Merry Go Zoo, the second interactive installation by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon on the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. Inspired to create a playful, 21st-century version of an outdoor public sculpture, Hayon has designed four large-scale, vibrantly colored structures that invite visitors to interact by spinning on the base or by rotating the sculpture. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

CreATE-ATL at Woodruff Arts Center
Explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive, family-friendly environment including free activities. To participate in the free activities happening each Sunday, register in advance. Sun. Event details. 

Grant Park

Kody Kapow: Kapower Up Training Camp
In celebration of the network’s launch of the new original series, Kody Kapow, Sprout invites kids and families to use their muscles and minds on a transformative journey filled with high energy martial arts and immersive experiences in the Kody Kapow: Kapower Up Training Camp, as part of Grant Park’s Summer Shade Festival. Sat. Event details. 

Summer Shade Festival 
Celebrate Atlanta’s oldest park at the 14th annual Summer Shade Festival at Grant Park. Your littles will love the live music, kids zone, storytellers, puppet show, and crafts, and you’ll love trolling the artist market. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

Stone Mountain Park

Dinosaur Explore
Check out 14 species of prehistoric dinosaurs in Stone Mountain Park’s “Dinosaur Explore” exhibit. The prehistoric creature collection features more than 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects allowing them to move and roar just like their ancient ancestors, available on “Attractions Open” days and included in a daily Adventure Pass and an annual Mountain Membership. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Creature Feature at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Learn about the native wildlife living at CNC through a 30-minute live animal presentation with a naturalist or docent. Sat. Event details. 

What do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey