Atlanta is hopping this weekend and full of options for exciting family fun. Soar into the weekend with an aviary-themed family day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, solve the puzzle of what to do with the kiddos by heading to the Children’s Museum’s new Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, or sing your way to Sunday at the Wild Music interactive exhibit at Fernbank. Read on for details on these awesome events and more.
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Georgia Boy Choir Festival and Grand Finale Concert
The Georgia Boy Choir will host the Seventh Annual Georgia Boy Choir Festival and Grand Finale Concert at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, drawing more than 250 young men from across the United States together for a day and a half of music making. All boys from 3rd grade through 12th grade are welcome to participate, and no music experience is required. Held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road NE. $55/ participant, includes music, three meals, and a Georgia Boy Choir Festival Polo Shirt. Fri. and Sat. 3rd grade & up. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Black History Month Story Time at Little Shop of Stories
Join illustrators as they share their newest picture books and celebrate African Americans who have helped make our country great for all. Held at Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square. Free. Sun. at 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Flying into the Future: Family Fun Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Flying into the Future is a STEM-focused event all about flight! Experience live, flying birds up close and personal, check out the mechanics of flight, meet wildlife rehabilitation staff to learn about their work, stare safely at the sun with the Charlie Bates Astronomy Project, and learn how you can help the future of birds with the Atlanta Audubon Society. Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road. $10/ adults, $6/ child, ages 2 & under free. Sun. from 12 to 4 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.
What’s your plan for the weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!