From inclusive art installations at The High’s outdoor Sifly Plaza that you can explore for free to an indoor virtual safari on the BeltLine, Atlanta’s weekend scene for families is rocking. Keep reading for details on these events—and more—below.

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Experience Outside the Lines at The High Museum’s Sifly Plaza
Outside the Lines, an immersive maze of accessible, brightly-colored sensory environments by award-winning design and research practice Bryony Roberts Studio, as its seventh site-specific installation on The Woodruff Arts Center’s Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. The installation continues the High’s multiyear series of inclusive and inviting commissions to activate the Museum’s outdoor space and encourage community engagement. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Visit the Cyclorama at The Atlanta History Museum
In 2019, Atlanta History Center opened Cyclorama: The Big Picture, featuring the fully restored cyclorama painting, The Battle of Atlanta. At the centerpiece of this new multi-media experience is a 132-year-old hand-painted work of art that stands 49 feet tall, is longer than a football field, and weighs 10,000 pounds. This painting is one of only two cycloramas in the United States—the other being the Battle of Gettysburg cyclorama —making Atlanta home to one of America’s largest historic treasures. The painting is a full-color, three-dimensional illusion designed to transport the viewer onto the battlefield. Here‘s the intel you need.

Check Out The Illuminarium on the Beltline
Come face-to-face with the world’s most exotic animals while standing in their natural habitats. Visit the watering holes, wander the sweeping plains, take in the majestic landscapes. You’ll believe you’re there at Illuminarium, which uses high-resolution laser projection to brings these experiences to life. Find out more here.

See a Canine Thrill Show, Laser Show, & More at Stone Mountain Park
From fun-filled attractions to special summer entertainment and the nightly Lasershow Spectacular presented by the Georgia Office of Highway Safety, it’s the perfect destination for you and your family to unplug and reconnect this summer. Don’t miss the Canine Thrill Show, magician Aaron Radatz, and the permanent attractions of the Scenic Railroad, SkyHike, Lasershow Spectacular and more. Here’s the scoop.

Flutter Around with Butterflies at CNC
The year’s most popular exhibit is back for its 7th summer. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, be sure to bring your camera. Nectar sticks will be provided, but please feel free to BYOS (Bring your own Stick). You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase nectar and host plants to start your own butterfly garden or supplement your existing garden. Here‘s the scoop.

Go to Circo Hermanos Vasquez at Plaza Fiesta
Circo Hermanos Vazquez was founded in 1969 in Mexico City, and features dancers, magicians, clowns, acrobatics, stunt performers and more. Check out the details here.

Visit Candytopia (It’s Back!)
The immersive installation features more than 12 environments filled with larger-than-life interactive art and sensory experiences. Guests are treated to a variety of packaged candy samples, including nostalgic favorites, and sweet surprises in each area. Check out the details here.

Play in Thousands of Sunflowers in Calhoun
Enjoy being on the farm, stroll through a sunflower field, snap a picture in thousands of flowers, visit the Old General Store, and dive into some delicious farm food. For $17.76 you can try the Hillbilly Splash Pad, ride on the cow train, take a pony ride, enjoy the giant jumping pit, and more. Check out the details here.

Catch Live Music at Home by Dark in Alpharetta
The Home by Dark at Brooke Street Park Concert Series brings music and fun to life, select Saturdays June – August 2021. Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy free, live, family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta-based entertainment groups.. Find out all that you should know before you go, here.

See Glass Art in Nature at Atlanta Botanical Garden
SUPERnatural: Glass Art in Bloom brings dozens of large-scale contemporary glass sculptures by Jason Gamrath, reflecting the beauty of nature to the Garden. The 13 installations of about 150 pieces of brilliantly colorful sculptures all represent blooming plants. Find more info here.

Go to Twilight Tots at Zoo Atlanta
Bring your littlest ones for an evening of exploring the Zoo. Enjoy a mini-tour of the Zoo with a Zoo Atlanta Educator, stopping along the way to sing songs, hear animal stories, and dance like an animal! Observe animals after hours and make connections to wildlife. This program is designed for families with children ages 0-5, with opportunities for exploration for ages 0-2. Join us for a fun evening adventure before the sun goes down. Here are the details.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

Featured photo via Frank McKenna via Unsplash

—Shelley Massey



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