Go on and march to the beat of your own drummer this weekend. With everything from a free children’s chamber concert at Emory, Vanilla Sunday at the Botanical Garden, the Monster Energy Supercross at the Georgia Dome, and the premier of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at The Alliance, you can have your pick from our weekend playlist below. Read on for details on these events and more happening around town.

Each year Capital City Symphony's family concert is a hit with kids of all ages. And remember, kids’ tickets are free! This year we continue our tradition of fun, educational and participatory programming. Bruce Adolphe’s Three Pieces for Kids and Chamber Orchestra is an interactive journey through the orchestra that is sure to be fun for all the family. Benjamin Britten’s Soirées Musicales (1933) reference themes by Rossini and are full of energy and fun. It’s no wonder they are popular additions to children’s concerts around the world. Johannes Brahms’ Hungarian Dances Nos. 5, 6, & 7 are short and sweet works with lots of personality. We will also have an Instrument Petting Zoo for 30 minutes before each performance. Come along and discover your new favorite instrument.

Photo: Capital City Symphony

Emory

Children’s Chamber Concert at Michael Carlos Museum
Introduce kids of all ages to chamber music in the intimate space of the Carlos Museum’s Reception Hall, performed by The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and special guest artists. This Friday is the Pajama Concert (come in your pjs). Held at The Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir NE. Free. Fri. at 7:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Downtown

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.

Midtown

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.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at The Alliance Theatre
Some days, you just need to see good triumph over bad. Round up your littles for this classic tale of love, faith, courage, and giving in a one-act, family friendly production on the Alliance Stage. Held at The Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Through March 20. Adults $35, children $20. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Vanilla Sunday at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Enjoy the annual celebration of the vanilla orchid by learning about vanilla beans, their use in desserts, and then sample your own mini vanilla ice cream sundae (while supplies last). 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.

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.

Sandy Springs

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.

Druid Hills

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.

Decatur

Story Time at Little Shop of Stories
Little Shop does story time right; it usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the restlessness of the crowd, and guest appearances by authors have been known to happen! Held at Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square. Free. Sun. at 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Last Weekend to 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 on your play list this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey