Aren’t you glad you’re not a groundhog, stuck with only two choices? Well, we’re declaring this weekend “Un-Groundhog Day” and have enough options to make Punxatawney’s Phil’s head spin. Will you head to the UniverSoul Circus, or perhaps The College Football Hall of Fame, instead? Looking for something free to do? Maybe you’ll hit the Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival, or possibly take advantage of free museum admission to the Center for Puppetry Arts. Choices you have, Atlanta, and we’re all holding our breath (and donning our tophats) to see what you’re going to decide to do.

Groundhog Day

Grant Park

Explore Animal Babies at the Zoo
Babes learning about animal babies at the Zoo? Can we get a collective “awwww” to that cuteness? This hands-on event includes a tour of the zoo, play time at interactive learning stations, and some face time with one of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. Held at Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Ave., SE. Member adult/child pair is $18; Non-Member adult/child pair is $24; Cost includes Zoo admission. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Ages 3 & 4. Event details.


Play at the Potter’s Wheel Like Ptah
In conjunction with the special exhibition, African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, join ceramic artist Ana Vizurraga at the Carlos Museum to explore the figure of Ptah in Egyptian mythology (along with other Egyptian artifacts), then build clay figures of Ptah and give the potter’s wheel a spin. Held at The Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Cir. $15/ members, $20/ non-members. Sun. from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Ages 8-12. Event details.


Soak Up the Colors at Orchid Daze: Pop!
Head to the hothouse at Atlanta Botanical Garden for opening weekend of this year’s Orchid Daze, which showcases famed Pop artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Roy Lichtenstein. 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). Tues. – Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. from Feb. 7 – Apr. 12. All ages. Event details.

Enjoy Free Admission to the Museum at Center for Puppetry Arts
As part of Fulton County Free Museum Days, you and the kids can enjoy free admission to the museum at Center for Puppetry Arts on the first Saturday of each month. Admission does not include the puppet workshop or a performance; however, the museum houses puppetry artifacts and exhibits from around the world (some are interactive). Held at Center for Puppetry Arts – Museum Only, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Take Your Jesters to the Groundhog Day Jugglers Festival
While juggling and Groundhog Day might not be top-of-mind pairs, you can still take your kids to see an annual juggling competition, juggling games, unicyclists, hoopers, listen to live music, and stick around for a light show after dark. Held at Yaarab Shrine Center, 400 Ponce de Leon Ave. Free. Fri. from 5-10 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun. from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Druid Hills

Drop the Kids Off to Build Architectural Structures at Fernbank Science Center
Kicking off this year’s Science Night Out series, Fernbank Science Center invites you to drop off your little Einsteins for an evening of building with common materials. This event is led by Fernbank scientists, and high school student mentors from the Fernbank LINKS Robotics team. Held at Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Drive N.E. $15/ student. Fri. from 6-9 p.m. Grades 3-6. Event details.


Be Amazed at the UniverSoul Circus
Unlike any traditional circus you’ve ever seen, UniverSoul Circus is interactive, multicultural, and emphasizes global pop culture. And they have great funnel cakes! Held at The Green Lot At Turner Field, 521 Capitol Ave. Multiple showtimes, check website for details. Tickets start at $16. All ages. Event details.

Get in the Game at The College Football Hall of Fame
Not just for grownups, pint-sized fans will love hitting the College Football Hall of Fame. Touch screens allow them to interact with game footage and paint their faces, and they can also call in plays from a radio booth, sit on ESPN’s GameDay Desk (if the dads will give them a turn, that is), and do their best at knocking down the tackling dummies on the playing field. Held at College Football Hall of Fame and Fan Experience, 250 Marietta St., N.W. $19.99/ adult, $16.99/ ages 3-12, Kids under 3 are free. Sun. – Fri. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.

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Enjoy a Family Crafternoon at Michaels
You know what they say: The family that crafts together… laughs together? Is motivated to get out of pajamas before noon on Saturday and go do something fun together? Bingo. Round up your crew of crafters and create Valentines Day mailboxes just in time for the cards to arrive! Held at Michaels stores across Atlanta. $10 per mailbox; includes all supplies. Sat. from 1-4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Don’t keep your predictions for weekend fun to yourself! Tell us what you’ve decided to do in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page

–Shelley Massey

Photo: John Davis via Flickr Creative Commons