Happy Back to School Month! You rocked the summer and now you’re ready to roll into a new school year. But with hayrides, techy design workshops, a new children’s garden and more, there’s plenty of awesomeness left to pack into your weekends. Read on for all the details.


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A Dream Day for Transportation-Loving Tots
If your wee one loves “things that go,” their engines will be revved for the Southeastern Railway Museum’s Trains, Trucks and Tractors event. Exhibits of tractors and trucks will excite along with hayrides, temporary tattoos, food and a craft corner. Fri. to Sun. Event details.


Tour and Tinker at Museum of Design Atlanta
Join the MODA staff for tours of current exhibitions, Beautiful Users: Designing for People and On You: Wearing Technology, followed by an informal tinkering session at the Design Bar in the MODA lobby. Make simple wearable tech that you can take home. Sun. Event details.

See Old MacDonald’s Farm at Center for Puppetry Arts
Little ones will move, sing, and help the farmhands on Old MacDonald’s farm. This new interactive show is full of puppets, music, and a lot of fun down on the farm! Fri. through Sun. Event details.

Check Out the New Children’s Garden at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Come see how the beloved Children’s Garden has gotten a facelift, with places for kids to hide amongst grasses and willows, close encounters with carnivorous plants, an expanded and re-positioned splash fountain and more. Fri. through Sun. Event details.


Get Wet and Wild at the Chattahoochee Center’s Water Day
Bring your camera for this cool and fun day all about water! What better way to learn than to play as you go. Bring your wet gear and get ready to play in the bubbles with The Amazing Bubble Show and their 12-foot sprinkler, make water-themed crafts, hear stories and more! Sun. Event details.

Atlantic Station

Hear Free Outdoor Family Jazz
Head to Atlantic Station for Friday Night Jazz, complete with local musicians to liven up Central Park with tunes perfect for the entire family. Fri. Event details.

Candler Park

See a Free Movie Under the Stars
The Friends of Candler Park presents Oz: The Great and Powerful (PG) as part of the free summer outdoor movie series. Be sure to bring your own seating or blankets, and while food will be available for purchase, you may also bring a picnic (just no glass). Leashed pups are welcome, and movies begin at dark. The series schedule is Oz: The Great and Powerful (PG). Sat. Event details.

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

—Shelley Massey