Winter weekends are for winners, and we think Atlanta parents each deserve a trophy. Like a champ, you can head outside for a Polar Plunge or to make a birdhouse, or opt to cozy up inside at The Phantom or The One and Only Ivan. Check out the spectacle of UniverSoul Circus or head out for a family volunteer day through Hands On Atlanta. Whatever you feel like tackling, we’ve got you covered. Read on for details on all of this weekend’s winning options.


Photo: Cristiano Betta via Flickr


UniverSoul Circus at Turner Field
Unlike any traditional circus you’ve ever seen, UniverSoul Circus is interactive, multicultural, and emphasizes global pop culture. So, if you’re looking for a new circus experience for the whole family, give UniverSoul a try. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Hands On Atlanta Family Volunteer Saturday
Family Service Saturdays are designed for families with kids ages 5 & up in mind. Opportunities range from helping Meals on Wheels deliver food to the creation of care kits for kids who are in need of a healing community. Check here for up to date volunteer opportunities. Sat. Event details.

Coral Carnival at Georgia Aquarium
Coral Carnival is a celebration one of the most beautiful animals living under our seas—coral—with a Caribbean Carnival-inspired day of education and crafts. Sat. Event details.

Fairy Tale Day at Children’s Museum
Take your favorite fairies to cheer on the young heroine and her prince as they foil plots of the evil queen during Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble’s performance excerpts from Snow White. Then, join Cinderella and her prince to learn Mozart’s Minuet, enjoy an interactive telling of “Anansi and The Magic Stick” by Eric A. Kimmel, and make a fairy house or candy house similar to the one Hansel and Gretel saw in the woods. In the Build It Lab, families can build a fairy tale castle out of recycled materials. Sat. Event details.


The Phantom of the Opera at The Fox
The well-loved performance about the Phantom, hiding beneath the opulence of the Paris Opera House as he loves his protégée from afar, is updated in this production, which retains the story and score but boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The One and Only Ivan at Synchronicity Theatre
Take your little monkeys to see a story with movement and puppetry about a gorilla who has lived in a cage at the Big Top Mall for 27 years, content to paint pictures and people-watch, until he meets Ruby, a captured baby elephant who’s been separated from her family. Determined to protect his new friend, Ivan must use his creativity to find a new home and become the mighty silverback he was always meant to be. Based on the true story of Ivan, who found a home at Zoo Atlanta from 1994 to 2012. Each Friday is PJs & Play, where kids can wear pajamas and enjoy millk and cookies while watching the show. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


The LEGO Batman Movie Celebration at LEGOLAND
Meet Gotham City’s iconic DC Super Hero in LEGO form only at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta. Included with admission, “The LEGO® Batman™ Movie” Days will include photo ops with LEGO Batman™, a Batman-themed scavenger hunt and LEGO Batman ™-inspired LEGO build activities. No extra ticket required. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Birdhouse Building Workshop
Attention Ornithological Engineers! Want to liven up your yard this spring? Ralph Smith, master birder volunteer from the Atlanta Audubon Society, will be holding a birdhouse construction workshop at Woodlands Garden, rain or shine. You can build either a bluebird or a nuthatch birdhouse, and then pop that birdhouse up in your yard by late February in time for spring nesting! Sat. Event details.

East Atlanta

Improv Comedy Show for Kids at Dad’s Garage
Atlanta’s award-winning improv troupe at Dad’s Garage now offers a show for kids! There’s a brand new story every week and little ones get to help by providing key parts of the story and even adding their own jokes. It’s sure to be interactive, silly and out-of-the-ordinary fun for kids and parents. Sat. Event details.


Polar Plunge at Acworth Beach
The Polar Plunge is the largest fundraising effort benefiting Special Olympics where participants collect pledges from friends and family in exchange for the opportunity to jump into the icy waters off Acworth Beach. All proceeds collected by “plungers” will benefit the 26,702 athletes of Special Olympics Georgia. Be sure to arrive early and enjoy the festivities. Sat. Event details.

What’s on your weekend agenda? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey