So maybe you didn’t get them a puppy this Christmas. You can still delight them, all the same, this weekend. Check out the new Greene Family Learning Center at The High if you want to stick ITP, or perhaps participate in the family-friendly March for Literacy downtown. Feel like a change of scenery? For half a tank of gas, you can see a real-life meteorite in Cartersville, or see exotic animals in Cleveland. Keep reading for more ideas to get the most out of the weekend ahead.

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Greene Family Learning Center at The High
Located adjacent to the Robinson Atrium in the Stent Family Wing, the Greene Family Learning Gallery is a newly expanded space that includes a 2,000-square-foot area in excess of its original footprint. It is a welcoming, safe and fun environment that is child-centered and child-directed with age-appropriate activities for kids ranging from babies to 8-year-olds. The open-ended, intuitive, multi-sensory elements, designed to be inclusive for all, combine cutting-edge technology with hands-on activities. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

La Tortuga and The Hare at The Black Box Theatre
The race is today! Join in the fun and excitement as the tortoise and the hare hit the starting line. The audience is invited into the center of the race track to experience the action all around them. Through dance, movement, music and bilingual storytelling, young children will engage in this classic folk tale in wholly imaginative and new ways. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Downtown and Duluth

The Harlem Globetrotters at State Farm Arena and Infinite Energy Center
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on the road for their action packed tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Children’s March for Literacy at Turner Field
Dress up as your favorite characters from your favorite books and join others serious about literacy on this fun family march through the downtown streets to shed light on the epidemic of illiteracy and its proximal side effects on our society. Empower kiddos to reclaim their narratives, tell their own stories and get excited about reading. Sat. Event details.


Story Time at Little Shop of Stories
Ms. Madison hosts the youngest customers every Friday morning. Circle Time includes songs and interactive play, in addition to fun, age-appropriate stories. This event is best suited to children 3 and under. Babies are welcome! Fri. Event details

Worth the Drive: Cartersville

Meteorite Headlines at Tellus Science Museum
This exhibit showcases meteorites that have made headline news. Why? Because they’ve hit our things and even people! At the center of this exhibit is a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu struck by the Peekskill Meteorite in 1992. Other featured casualties include a mailbox, a window, a radio, and even a termite that was killed by these rocks from space. The Cartersville Meteorite and the pieces of the house it struck will also be featured in this exhibit. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Cleveland

Winter Wonderland Tours at North Georgia Zoo and Farm
Enjoy visiting with hundreds of animals, including new babies and some famous animals from movies. Feed a variety or rare, mini, and unique farm animals. See animals in the snow and learn how animals adapt to the colder weather in this 40-45 minute guided exotic animal tour where you can get up close with the animals! Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. Zoo gates do not open until 11:00. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey