Life’s a balancing act. Luckily for us, Atlanta families are going to be heavy on fun this weekend. From an annual juggling festival with some seriously skilled jugglers to a new exhibit that will have your littles running, jumping, and soaring at the Children’s Museum, you have a full few days ahead. Keep reading for all the ways you can tip the scales towards some seriously satisfied kiddos, below.


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East Atlanta

Jugglers Festival
Don’t miss this 3-day extravaganza featuring the finest jugglers in the Southeast, and often in the country. Admission is free to the public, with juggling shows at 2 pm and 10 pm on Saturday. Jugglers/participants pay a small fee for the weekend, mostly to help us pay for the gym and insurance. The Seed and Feed Marching Abominable Band opens the Saturday show/competition every year. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Barbeque Nation at Atlanta History Center
Barbecue Nation explores how barbecue has come to claim an enduring place at the American table, and how it connects us to cultures around the world, in addition to traditions, history, and the future. The exhibition includes a wide array of artifacts, images, and oral histories from restaurants, festivals, community gatherings, and archives and museums from across the country. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

Flying Monsters 3D at Fernbank
Just as dinosaurs began their domination of Earth, pterosaurs ruled the prehistoric skies. Some with wingspans as long as a modern jet plane, these flying reptiles were as spectacular in appearance as they were amazing in flight. Join world-renowned naturalist and documentary filmmaker David Attenborough as he recounts the fascinating story of how we humans first discovered that these creatures were real and how they were even able to get off the ground and indeed soar…until their sudden disappearance from Earth. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Pirate Day at Fernbank
Ahoy, me hearties! Now be the time to weigh anchor and set sail on a swashbuckling adventure at Fernbank’s Pirate Day! You’ll be a landlubber no more when you navigate pirate-themed crafts and games, and meet members of the Atlanta Pirate and Wenches Guild. Pirate costumes encouraged! Sat. Event details.

Avondale Estates

Drop-In Art Making at Little Tree Studios
Have your own art exploration in an open studio with teachers to help supervise artists as they paint, draw, hand sew, and sculpt. There will be invitations for the children to be inspired collaboratively or work alone, but the artists will have their choice in their materials they use to make their art. Young artists 2.5-4 must join and be supervised by an adult- no cell phones please. Fri. Event details.


Run Jump Fly! Adventures in Movement at Atlanta Children’s Museum
RUN, JUMP, or even FLY to Children’s Museum of Atlanta as we welcome our newest temporary exhibit focusing on getting up and moving while learning about how to keep your body healthy and happy! While you are here, swing by the CMA stage to experience the original Mini Musical, Planet Rock, where the audience follows planets Mercury and Jupiter on their quest to get Earthlings back on their feet! Next, leap over to our Art Studio to experiment with art and movement! Guests are also invited to check out our Science Bar and Build It Labs to make sure that both our bodies AND our brains are getting the exercise they need! Fri.Sun. Event details.


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.

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.

—Shelley Massey