From drums to dramas, boats to trains, Africa to snowy Stone Mountain, Atlanta is brimming with new places and events to discover this weekend. Whether you’re heading to the indoor catch and release pond at the World Congress Center or running to the beat of a 3.1-mile drum line at Piedmont Park, we know you’ll be toting tiny adventurers with you. So grab your binoculars, pack the teddy, and step right up because your weekend is ready! Read on for our picks on the best places to explore.
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Photo: Dan Mitler via flickr Creative Commons 

Downtown

Atlanta Boat Show
Forget the winter chills and set sail for sunny days at Georgia’s largest nautical extravaganza. Little boaters will reel in the fun at the Catch & Release Pond and in the new Kid Zone, which will feature boat building, face painting, a bounce house, temporary tattoos, balloon art, and more. Held at Georgia World Congress Center Hall C, 280 Northside Drive, NW. Adults 16 and older: $14 Youth 15 and under: FREE (when accompanied by a paid adult). All ages. Event details.

Midtown

Brother Coyote and Sister Fox
Don’t miss this bilingual adaptation of the beloved Mexican folktale. Brother Coyote wants one thing and one thing only: to catch and eat one of Doña Conchita’s plump chickens, but quick-witted Sister Fox stays one step ahead of him with her clever schemes to keep the chickens all to herself! English, Spanish, and plenty of chickens. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. Member $10.25, Non-Member $20.50. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

MLK Day 5K Drum Run
Celebrate MLK Day with a run through Piedmont Park. The course is lined by a 3.1-mile drumline. Jog strollers welcome! Held at Piedmont Park, Start and finish at 10th near Park Tavern. Free to watch, $30 to run. Sat. at 8 a.m. 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.

Guided Tour of The Worlds of Puppetry Museum
If you are looking for an in-depth examination of the new Jim Henson Collection and Global Collection galleries, head to the Center for Puppetry Arts on Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m. for an interactive guided tour that includes an activity sheet for children. Please note that this ticket is for the Museum and Tour ONLY and does not include admission to a Performance or Create-A-Puppet Workshop. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. $14.50/ person, Children under age 2 are free. Tues. through Fri. at 1 p.m. 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 online. Held at The Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Free. Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Glenwood Park

Book Release Party at Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop
Meet the local author and illustrator of Where’s Wilson?, enjoy crafts, nosh on refreshments, and stay for story time. Held at Rhen’s Nest, 924 Garrett St. Free. Sat. from 3 to 6 p.m., story time at 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.

Ponce

Seussical the Musical
Don’t miss this FUN musical presented by OnStage Atlanta Young Performers, perfect for kids of all ages. Held at OnStage Atlanta, 2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Sat. at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

James and the Giant Peach
We all know about enchanted peaches down here in Georgia. Don’t miss this one-act musical at Onstage Atlanta about an English orphan’s own adventure to find his chosen family. Held at OnStage Atlanta, 2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Sat. at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Norcross

49th Atlanta Model Train Show
Head to the North Atlanta Trade Center for this whopper of a train show. You’ll be tooting your whistle as you peruse the 300+ booths of railroadiana and model trains. Held at North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Stone Mountain

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 family treasures are on your map this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below. 

—Shelley Massey