Deep breath. Can you smell it? Okay, get past the diaper that still needs changing and the coconut lip gloss your five year old has smeared on the lower half of her face. THERE. Love is in the air. And there’s no better place for families to celebrate it than Atlanta. From a free family Valentine’s Day concert by the ASO to a family-friendly tour of love stories long past at Oakland Cemetery, you won’t be at a loss for creative ways to celebrate Cupid with the kids. Read on for our favorite places to celebrate love with the littles.
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Love Stories of Historic Oakland Cemetery Tour
Do your kids love stories? They’ll die for Love Stories of Oakland! Perfect for lovers, families and friends, Love Stories of Oakland includes 25 stops through Oakland’s Victorian garden cemetery as a docent recounts the loves, lives and losses of Atlantans of days past. Held at Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave., SE. $16/ adult. Sat. and Sun. from 3 to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Volunteer for Adopt-a-Senior Valentine
Adopt-a-Senior hosts its annual Valentine event on Friday in Buckhead, and it’s the perfect opportunity to volunteer as a family to help members of our community who may be feeling a little less loved than once before. Volunteers will assemble gift bags and then get to stay and give them to seniors from local nursing homes. Held at Ln-Nursecare of Buckhead, 2920 Pharr Court South NW. Free. Fri. Gift Bag Assembly: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Party: 6:30-8:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Story Time at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Story time with the Imaginators is performed at 12 p.m. weekdays. Books for this month include Mousetropolis by R. Gregory Christie and Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews by Kathleen Benson. 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.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Head to Philips Arena to check out CIRCUS XTREME, this year’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey original performance. This year, don’t miss the All Access Pre-Show where kids of all ages are invited to join the performers on the show floor for fun activities. The All Access Pre-Show starts when doors open, one hour prior to the show time printed on your ticket. Held at Philips Arena, 1 Philips Dr. Tickets available from $15. All ages. Event details.
UniverSoul Circus at Turner Field
Unlike any traditional circus you’ve ever seen, UniverSoul Circus is interactive, multicultural, and emphasizes global pop culture. And they have great funnel cakes, per their PR people. So, if you’re looking for a new circus experience for the whole family, give UniverSoul a try. Held at Turner Field, 521 Capitol Ave. Tickets available from $16. All ages. Event details.
Mommy & Me Cupcake Decorating Class at Sweet Tooth’s Dessert Bar
Head to Sweet Tooth’s Dessert Bar for a hands-on event for moms and their little sous chefs. Held at Sweet Tooth’s Dessert Bar, 335 Nelson St SW. $55/ mommy + child. 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.
Space! at Center for Puppetry Arts
Just in time for all this Jedi mania! Head to Center for Puppetry Arts for an original musical about the final frontier, and blast off with an alien rock-n-roll band on a galactic journey of discovery. Learn about planets, stars and meteors, gaze at Saturn’s rings with Galileo, and rock out on the asteroid belt. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. Member $10.25, Non-Member $20.50. Ages 4 & up. 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.
Be Mine: Family Concert by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Celebrate some of the greatest young romances in classical music as told through whimsical and romantic selections from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s La bohème, among others. Held at Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Sat. at 3 p.m. Free, but reservation required. All ages. Event details.
A Bucket of Blessings
Don’t miss this incredible production based on the New York Times bestselling children’s book “A Bucket of Blessings” by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal. Filled with traditional Indian music and dancing, this charming retelling of a classic Indian folktale promises to engage the senses and inspire the imagination. Held at The Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. NE. Multiple showtimes; See website for details and pricing. All ages. Event details.
Second Sunday Funday at The High
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. Free. All ages. Event details.
Free Family Fun at the Woodruff Arts Center
Explore, play, learn and create art in an interactive, family-friendly environment—including free activities—every Sunday from 1-4 p.m. To participate in the free activities happening each Sunday, make your reservation here. Held at The Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Free. Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Cook Up Some Fun at Young Chef’s Academy
Get those kiddos cooking! Head to the YCA’s weekend classes, where little chefs learn how to cook a new item every week. Held at Young Chef’s Academy, Sandy Springs, 230 Hammond Drive NE, Suite 368. Price varies by package or class number purchased. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Junior Chefs and Senior Chefs, 10:30 a.m. Kinder Cooks. 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.
Valentine’s Day Story Time at Little Shop of Stories
Love is in the air and the Little Shop is celebrating with some super sweet stories and a Valentine making craft. Held at Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square. Free. Sun. at 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Meal and Memories with Dad at American Girl
Share a delightful day out with your daughter at American Girl in Alpharetta. You’ll enjoy a meal, play games, and make a colorful picture frame craft together. Bring your favorite girl and her favorite American Girl doll for a sweet Valentine’s day. Held at Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square. Free. Sun. at 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Play in the Powder at Snow Mountain
Who says Atlantans don’t know how to handle a few inches of snow? Head to Snow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park to prove just how much fun we know how to have in the white stuff. SnoBoggans, sledding, and s’mores, oh my! Held at Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Open select dates to 2/28/16; See website for details and pricing. All ages. Event details.
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