We’re moving into the end of January with a supersized dose of family fun. On our radar: a Party with the Penguins at the Georgia Aquarium, a bilingual performance at Center for Puppetry Arts, pirate day at Fernbank, and the Peach State Storytelling Festival. Looking for free fun? Get artsy at the free family fun day at the Woodruff Arts Center or snuggle in for story time at Little Shop of Stories. Read on for details on these awesome activities and more.


Photo: Fernbank Museum of Natural History


Story Time at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Story time with the Imaginators is performed at 12 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in January. Books for this month include Pomodoro Penguin and the Geography Giraffe by Bryce Westervelt, and There’s A World in My House by David Wood. 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.

Party with the Penguins at The Georgia Aquarium
It’s Penguin Awareness Day at the Aquarium and the penguins are ready to party. Start your day with a free screening of “Penguins of Madagascar” in the Pacific Ballroom at 9:30 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.).Bring the kiddos in their “penguin best” and walk the red carpet to the celebration in the Oceans Ballroom (above Café Aquaria). Trivia, photo stations, penguin Q&As, and nest building activities will keep your little ones busy, but ballroom capacity is limited so go early. Held at The Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. NW. Free with admission. Sat. from 9 a.m. (movie), and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (festivities). All ages. Event details.


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.

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.

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.

Pirate Day at Fernbank
Perk up your pirates’ post-holiday droop by decking them out in their favorite dastardly duds and heading to Pirate Day. They’ll make swords our of recycled newspapers, check out special pirate guests, receive a proper pirate name, walk the plank, plaster themselves with temporary tattoos, and more. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Included with admission ($18/ adult, $16/ child). Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Tadpole Tales at Fernbank
Preschoolers (and pollywogs) will enjoy a story with a Fernbank educator along with a special activity or song. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Included with admission ($18/ adult, $16/ child). Sat. at 11:30 a.m. Preschoolers. Event details.

Peach State Storytelling Festival 
We all know our littles have the gift of gab, so why not take them to the 2016 Peach State Storytelling Festival to let them see how real storytelling is done? All of the storytelling sessions and workshops are family-friendly and children in grades K-3 will receive instruction in the art of oral storytelling from qualified instructors. Afterwards they’ll be given the mike to show off what they’ve learned. Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1597 Interstate 85 Frontage Road. $40/ adult, $1/ child. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.


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.


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.

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.

How are your rounding out your January with fun? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Shelley Massey