Calling all swashbucklers and scientists, adventurers and artists! This weekend is a treasure trove of family fun. Keep reading for the inside scoop on everything worth the effort in Atlanta.

Photo: Shelley Massey

Druid Hills

Pirate Day at Fernbank
Get dressed up in your best pirate costume and set sail for a swashbuckling adventure at Fernbank’s Pirate Day! You’ll be a landlubber no more when you navigate pirate-themed crafts and games, enjoy a visit from the Atlanta Pirate and Wenches Guild, build pirate ships and more. Sat. Event details.

Callanwolde Arts Festival
Don’t miss the fifth annual Callanwolde Arts Festival, an indoor festival featuring 86 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more. The family-friendly festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, food trucks with healthy options and live music and dance performances. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Celebrate International LEGO Day
Bring your little builders to LEGOLAND Discovery Center to celebrate International LEGO Day. There will be meet-and-greets with LEGO icons Emmett, Batman, Bertie and Kai and a MINILAND scavenger hunt for the chance to win an Annual Pass. Sun. Event details. 


Celebration of India Family Day at Center for Puppetry Arts
Celebrate the puppetry and culture of India! Special activities for the day include readings of The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk and a book signing with author Sue Sehgal, special gallery programs, puppet building activities, and more. Sat. Event details. 

Creative Claymation Celebration at Center for Puppetry Arts 
Discover the basics of Claymation by creating and animating a character in its own movie. Sun. Event details. 

Go on an Ice Skating Adventure
Glide over to The Rink at Park Tavern, a can’t-miss seasonal spot where you can take in the views of Piedmont Park and Midtown while showing off your ice skating skills. After you’re done skating, hunker down on the covered patio with tasty hot chocolate, cocktails and s’mores. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Lion King Roars into Atlanta
The Lion King is leaping into Atlanta, so be sure to snag your tickets ASAP. Combining the story that everyone loves and classic music that fuses Western popular music with the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, it’s bound to be a favorite with the whole family. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Go Snow Tubing at Avalanche Alley
Spend a fun-filled day playing across five football fields of frosty joy. Zoom down the 400-foot hill all together in our family-sized tubes, or go it alone as a single rider. From snowman building to snowball shooting, tubing to togetherness, enjoy all the moments that will make for the perfect snow day. Capacity is limited so make your reservations in advance to guarantee your space and tubing availability. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Get Up Close and Personal with Sharks
Come face-to-nose with one of the world’s most feared predators at the Georgia Aquarium’s exhibit “SHARKS: On Assignment with Brian Skerry.” The exhibition includes large-scale images and videos of tiger sharks, great whites, oceanic whitetips and shortfin makos. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Enchanted Woodland Trail at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Enchant them with more than a dozen fairy and gnome houses on display around Kingfisher Pond Trail at the CNC. Be sure to flutter by the play area to create a house of your own. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 


Avalon on Ice
‘Tis the season to lace up your skates and show off your triple axel at Avalon on Ice. The monumental Rockefeller-inspired ice skating rink is well worth a visit. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Where will your weekend adventures take you? Let us know in the comments below.

—Shelley Massey