February? What?! How did that happen? One more weekend of holiday decorations dangling from the porch won’t hurt anyone, so go on and leave them there. With everything there is to do in Atlanta—from opening weekend of UniverSoul Circus, to a Chinese New Year celebration at Children’s Museum, and even a celebration of Black History Month at Atlanta History Center—don’t be afraid to blaze a trail through our fair city instead of toiling around the house. Read on to pick our favorite spots for blowing off your to-do list, below.
photo: Brian Dewey via flickr
Struggles and Strides at Atlanta History Musuem
Commemorate Black History Month with a day of engaging museum theatre performances, interactive activities, and guest lectures that explore the African American experience from the Great Migration to the Civil Rights Movement. Spend the day exploring themes of personal struggle, freedom, and triumph throughout our campus. There will be activities and engagement for all ages. Held at Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW. $16.50/ adults, $11/ kids. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 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.
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.
Meet the Holidays: Chinese New Year at Children’s Museum
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Children’s Museum with performances in dance, theater, and puppetry. Enjoy entertainment and activities all weekend long. 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.
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.
Beauty and the Beast at The Fox
It may be a tale as old as time, but Beauty and the Beast never gets old, especially if you’re watching it at the Fabulous Fox with your favorite theatre-goers. Don’t miss this classic story about Belle, the Beast, and the power of true love. Held at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street NE. Tickets vary by date and seat location. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., and 1 & 6:30 p.m. Sun. 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.
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.
Story Time at Little Shop of Stories
Little Shop does Storytime 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.
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 agenda this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below.