It’s going to take a little teamwork to cover all the bases for this weekend’s inning of family fun. From free live music to a free pop-up dance party and festivals celebrating everything from ice cream to meatballs to shade, you and your A-team are about to chalk up another “W” over an Atlanta weekend. Read on for your game plan for finishing the month strong.

Salt & StrawPhoto: Sarah C. via Yelp

Atlantic Station

Enjoy Free Live Music and Lawn Games in Central Park 
It may have only dropped three degrees since July but your Friday nights just got a whole lot cooler. Head to Atlantic Station for free music and lawn games in Central Park. Held at Central Park in Atlantic Station, 17th and Market. Free. Fri. from 7-9 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Don’t Miss the Frozen Sing-a-Long at The Fox
There’s nothing like watching Frozen, at The Fox, with your enamored kiddos…. In Summer (this Saturday, to be precise)! Deck them out in their favorite costumes and hold on to your handlebars. Held at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE. $5-$10 in advance. Sat. from 1-3 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Catch a Live Children’s Performance at Atlanta Botanical Garden
What to do, what to do? It’s Saturday. Time to turn off the cartoons and load ’em up for live performances by storytellers and musicians in the Children’s Garden. Best news? Rain. Or. Shine. 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). Sat. at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. All ages. Event details.

Have a Blast at Sunday Fundays at the High
Sundays are for families at the Woodruff Arts Center! Explore, play, learn, and create art in an interactive family-friendly environment, including free activities. Held at The High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, N.E. Free with admission (Adult $19.50, Children ages 6-17 $12, Kids 5 and under free). Sun. from 1-4 p.m. All ages. 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.

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.


Pop Up Dance Party at Centennial Olympic Park
Join The Imaginators of the Children’s Museum fame as they lead a dance party celebrating cultures around the world at Centennial Olympic Park. Held at Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave W NW. Free. Fri. from 12-2 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Grant Park

Don’t Miss the Summer Shade Festival
Celebrate Atlanta’s oldest park at the 12th 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. Held at Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Ave. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun. from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Roll On Over to the Atlanta Meatball Festival
The weather forecast is in, and it’s looking cloudy with a chance of meatballs! The second annual Atlanta Meatball Festival is serving up a mighty selection of meatball dishes, music, limoncello tastings and much more. Held at Belle Isle Square, 4969 Roswell Rd. $30 at gate. Sun. from 1-5 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Star Gaze in the Afternoon at STARLAB
Check out the night sky for that very day in the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s own portable planetarium. Little astrologers will learn how to locate the North Star (often mistaken for the star Sirius), the Big Dipper, and other famous constellations. Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. Free with admission ($10/adult, $6/ ages 3 and up, Free under 3). Sun. from 1-2 p.m. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

Get Crankin’ to the 11th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’
The 11th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ is a can’t-miss event for ice cream lovers and their families. With over 100 flavors of homemade ice cream to taste (included in the price of the event), an ice cream eating contest, live music, and a Kid’s Korner, every man, woman, and child will leave happy and sticky! Held at Roswell Square, 600 block of Atlanta St. $6/ person, $20/ family. Sun. from 2-4 p.m. All ages. Event details.


See Peter Pan at the Lyric Theatre
Grab your pirates and pixie dust and head to the Lyric Theatre for this original Broadway production rendition of the the classic tale of Peter, the Lost Boys, Wendy, and Think. Held at Lyric Theatre, 548 South Marietta Pkwy SE. Price varies by seat selection. Fri., Sat., & Sun. multiple showtimes. All ages. Event details.

Spaghetti Junction/ Perimeter

Mom Appreciation Night at Silverbacks Stadium
Finally, a thank-you to all those dedicated Soccer Moms out there who’ve spent countless hours shuttling kids to and from practice. Head to the Silverbacks game Saturday and claim your free ticket, and show your little kickers how the games looks when played by the pros. Held at Atlanta Silverbacks Stadium, 3200 Atlanta Silverbacks Way. Tickets start at $12.50 (Moms get in free). Sat. at 7:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

What’s your team up to this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey