This weekend, you’ll turn a blank canvas into a masterpiece, using alpacas, dinosaurs, and butterflies as your medium. And for those who prefer to stay at home, Monster Jam, bilingual family yoga, and Tik Toc dance tutorials are knocking at your door. Or, actually, your computer. Keep reading for the details on these, and more, ways to rock the weekend.

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Hands-On Fun

Jurassic Quest Drive-Through at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Jurassic Quest is America’s largest and most realistic dinosaur event with true-to-life sized dinosaurs that roar and move. Check them out from the comfort (and safety) of your own car. Here’s the scoop.

Visit Alpacas in Snellville
Spend some time with beautiful alpacas during a socially-distanced barn tour at Creekwater Farm. On the barn tour, you and your family will be able to get in the pen with alpacas and pet and feed them. They also have goats, bunnies, and pigs, which means this barn tour is a great outdoor activity to do with your friends and family. Click here for the details.

Visit the Blue Heron Nature Preserve
Blue Heron is an independently operated City of Atlanta park with miles of trails that are open and free to the public from dawn till dusk all year long. The Blue Heron building is home to a preschool and not open to the public. There is no public bathroom access, but you can check out abundant wildlife on the 3-mile Blueway Trail. Find details here.

Hike a Monolith
The 1-mile Walk-Up Trail is open daily from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted. Just follow the painted yellow line along the trail and enjoy the unique scenery and spectacular views along the way. Restrooms are located at the base of the trail. While on top, 1,686 feet above sea level, enjoy amazing views of downtown Atlanta, the North Georgia mountains and the surrounding area. On a haze-free day, you can see 60 miles from the mountain. Here’s what you need to know.

Shoot the ‘Hooch
Float, spin or just kick back in bliss as you shoot the ‘Hooch in the Georgia sunshine. While many outfitters offer custom trips down the Chattahoochee, with put-ins as far as Helen, Georgia, the Nantahala Outpost in Roswell offers two distinct in-town river float trips that make your river float easy. For more details, click here.

Visit Butterflies at CNC
The year’s most popular exhibit at the CNC is back for its 7th summer. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Visitors must purchase admission tickets in advance, which include a date and time to visit the center. Members will also be required to make a reservation for their visit, and guests inside the butterfly tent will be limited. Here’s the scoop.

 

Virtual Adventures

Monster Jam Virtual Camp
Monster Jam Virtual Camp allows fans to experience some full-throttle family fun from home until it’s time to get back to the track. Fan-favorite Monster Jam drivers, including members of the Anderson family, will play an integral part in many of the driver demonstration videos. Here’s the scoop.

Minecraft Coding Intro Class
Join this free online small-group computer class designed by Google and Stanford experts for grades 5-9. In this class, students are introduced to the platform for coding on Minecraft, and will also start building their very first mod and have it run inside Minecraft. Find out more here.

Happy Seeds Family Bilingual Yoga
Meet new friends online and connect with your child doing yoga together. Breathe, jump, dance, pretend, and learn Spanish while doing fun yoga poses. Check it out here.

Tik Toc Dance Tutorials
Learn today’s must-know moves at Camp Cosmo’s live, online TikTok Dance Tutorial! Instructor Ashley G breaks each dance down into simple, easy to remember-steps, and she’ll answer any questions you have along the way. For more info, check this out.

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

—Shelley Massey

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