Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but summer is starting to melt. Lucky for you we’re dishing up a double scoop of awesomeness this weekend, with an ice cream festival, a fishing rodeo, a pop-up reading festival for the littles—and more—on the menu. Read on for inspiration to make this weekend your sweetest yet.


Photo: Donnie Ray Jones via flickr


Atlanta Ice Cream Festival
Yum, yum, getcha’ some! In addition to dishing out scoop after scoop of Atlanta’s finest ice cream, the AICF also supports health & wellness initiatives across our community by raising money, awareness, and staging health-related activities (hula-hoop contest, anyone?) during this one-day event. Sat. Event details.

Sleeping Beauty at Center for Puppetry Arts 
Head to The Center for Puppetry Arts to see how the jealous fairy Belladonna casts a sleeping spell on Princess Aurora—broken only by Prince Stephen—if he dares. Fri. through Sun. Event details.

Create Chihuly-Inspired Art at The Botanical Garden
Using the incredible artwork of Dale Chihuly and the gorgeous Garden as inspiration, everyone in the family can create stunning works of art that integrate the concepts of light, color and the natural world. Sat. Event details.


Kindergarten Kickoff at The Children’s Museum
The first day of kindergarten is just around the corner and The Children’s Museum of Atlanta has planned a day with The Imaginators, classroom exploration, dancing, and crafts to make sure that everyone gets off to a great start. Fri. to Sun. Event details.

Druid Hills

Robots Day at Fernbank Museum
Learn all about artificial intelligence and the use of robots in outer space at this family exploration day, complete with robots from the Mars mission on display, rocket ship interactive activities, and the out-of-this-world IMAX® film, A Beautiful Planet. Sat. Event details.

Grant Park

World Elephant Day at Zoo Atlanta
Take your herd to check out African elephants Kelly and Tara for World Elephant Day and learn why the need for conservation action is at an all-time high. Sat. Event details.

Marietta and Decatur

Summer Reading Road Trip RV and Reading Fest
Your favorite bookworms will love a visit to the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV at Switzer Library in Marietta and the Decatur Square for a “pop-up” reading festival, including a children’s author visit and book signing, an activity tent filled with reading activities, giveaway tables, photo stations with Clifford and Slappy from Goosebumps, and more. Sat. Event details.

Powder Springs

Fishing Rodeo at Lost Mountain Park
Don’t miss this annual free event, complete with trophies and plenty of fishing. Bring your own supplies, and don’t forget the sunscreen! Sat. Event details.

What are you packing in this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey