What’ll ya’ have, Atlanta? Like a trip to the Varsity, this weekend is a choose-your-own-adventure on the hotdog highway of life with kids. Want to top your weekend with a little culture? We can tell you where to find the best Chinese New Year celebrations. Feel more in the mood for a family-friendly culinary adventure? Don’t miss Vanilla Sunday or the All Things Vanilla drop-in program at Botanical. Think your weekend could use a little drama? Head to a performance of Mulan Jr., or watch as Jane overcomes bullies in Jane, Le Renard, et Moi. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Atlanta, we’ve got it on this weekend’s menu.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year
Head to the Atlanta Chinese New Year Festival for traditional New Year lion and dragon dancing, tons of food from multiple vendors (bring cash), arts and crafts, and other festivities as you ring in the Year of the Sheep. Held at Culture Center of Taipei, 5377 New Peachtree Rd. $5/ person, children under 3 free. Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.
March to a Performance of Disney’s Mulan, Jr.
The Atlanta International School’s middle school spring performance of Disney’s Mulan Jr. tells the story of a young woman in China who disguises herself as a boy to serve in the army. Mulan’s not your typical Disney princess, but she just may become your favorite. Held at Atlanta International School’s Lademacher Performing Arts Center, 2890 North Fulton Dr. NE. $20/ adult, $15/ student. Sat. at 7 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Play with Color, Pattern, and Texture
Does your preschooler love to rearrange your shelves? Maybe she’s a designer at heart. Could he be the next Ty Pennington? Why not turn your littles loose at Pottery Barn Kids, where they’ll participate in hands-on workshops built to keep their creativity flowing. Held at Pottery Barn Kids, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE. Free. Sat. at 11 a.m. All ages. Event details.
Vanquish a Vanilla Sundae on Vanilla Sunday
Atlanta Botanical Garden is dishing up free sundaes (while supplies last), along with lessons about the process of turning vanilla beans into a key extract for deserts, in honor of the vanilla orchid. 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). Sun. from 1-4 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Rock Out at the Roller Derby
Check out Atlanta’s favorite rollergirls at the Derby, and you’ll leave wondering why hockey players and football stars get all the credit for being tough. The kiddos will love the speed and spills, but keep in mind that the players aren’t Disney princesses (at least when they’re on the court). It gets a little rowdy. Held at Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce De Leon Ave. $15/ person, Free for children under 3. Sat. at 5 and 7 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate the Year of the Sheep
2015 is the Year of the Sheep, which means that the bumper crop of babies coming home from the hospital this year will be polite, clever, and kind. For the rest of the wild ones in your life, take them to the Children’s Museum to enjoy song, dance, crafts, and a parade. Held at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW. Sat. at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. $12.95/ person. 8 & under. Event details.
Compete in a Bridge Building Contest
Get your game faces on and head to the Fernbank Science Center with your kiddos to test out your pre-made bridge’s load carrying ability. Participants will design and construct a bridge at home and then they will be tested to failure (until they break) at the event. Each entrant will receive a certificate with the results of the bridge test, an event T-shirt, and other swag. Held at Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Drive N.E. Sat. from 1-3 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
Little 5 Points
See Jane Overcome Bullying at Jane, le Renard et Moi (Jane, the Fox and Me)
This 35-minute family friendly production of Théâtre du Rêve explores issues of self-image and worth through the experiences of Hélène, who is the victim of bullying behavior in school, and is followed by a 25-minute talkback on empathy and bullying behavior. Held at 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. NE. Sat. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Free. $15/ adults, $10/ child, $5/ children under 5. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Roswell
Meet Historic African-Americans, As Portrayed by Storytellers
Kids love a good costumed character, and there’s no better way to introduce them to well-known and not-so-well-known African Americans than to let them meet them for themselves. Join the KUUMBA Storytellers of Georgia, who will portray characters such as Louis Armstrong, Josephine Baker, Nora Nell Thurston, Michelle Obama, and others. Held at Roswell Visitors Center, 617 Atlanta St. $5. Sun. at 3 p.m. Ages 6 & older. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Duluth
See the Circus
Did you miss it last weekend at Philips? No worries! Just head to the Arena at Gwinnett Center to check out LEGENDS, this year’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey original performance. Held at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Tickets start at $15 each. Multiple showtimes daily from Feb. 19-22, 25-28, and Mar. 1; check website for details. All ages. Event details.
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Photo: Wing Luke