July is starting of with a bang! From kids-only giveaways at the Braves game to a water lantern festival in Marietta, free family outdoor movies around town to a deep-dive on steam locomotives in Kennesaw, these weekend events will have your kiddos sparkling. Keep reading for everything you need to know to dazzle them, all weekend long.

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Water Lantern Festival
Head to a floating lantern event with food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams. Launch your lantern onto the water at sunset, and celebrate its message of hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. Sun. Event details.


Sundays at the Southern Museum
Join the education staff of the Southern Museum in a series of topical tours relevant to museum exhibits. Tours are free with regular admission. This weekend, discover the technology and development of the steam locomotive through one of the most famous locomotives of all – the General! Sun. Event details.


Flicks on the Bricks: Aquaman
Enjoy a free movie while sitting under the stars on Duluth Town Green. Flicks on the Bricks present the movie Aquaman (PG-13) on July 5th. The movie will start at 8 p.m. Enjoy free inflatables before the movie, and pack a picnic or peruse the selection of food trucks available as part of Fridays in Duluth. Fri. Event details.


Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center
The CNC’s butterfly exhibit is back for its sixth summer and is bigger than ever. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, so be sure to bring your camera. You can also purchase nectar and host plants to start your own butterfly garden or supplement your existing garden. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Art in the Park
Stroll through Downtown Alpharetta for Alpharetta’s Art in the Park! Enjoy an outdoor artists market featuring pottery, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry creations, photography and other handmade artwork. Rain or shine come see the handcrafted masterpieces made by local artists with your family and friends. For more information, call 678-296-2829. Sat. Event details.


First Saturdays at Dunwoody Nature Center
Explore a different nature-related theme each month through family-friendly, engaging programs with naturalists and docents. This weekend, enjoy a bubble show with the one and only, Bubbleologist Bo! Bo the Bubblologist will create huge bubbles, super long bubbles, bubble castles, square bubbles, and bubbles inside other bubbles. Some lucky audience members will even be put inside a bubble! Sat. Event details.


Braves’ Home Game and Kids-Only Gate Giveaway
Every home-game Sunday the team will have a kids-only gate giveaway for children ages 14 and under. As part of these giveaways, Hope & Will’s Sandlot will be free for kids on Sundays during the regular season. The giveaway item this weekend (while supplies last) is a Braves lunchbox. Sun. Event details.


Nickelodeon’s Slime City 
It’s Slime Time! Nickelodeon is bringing slime to our city, where you’ll see, feel, and be slimed! From hanging at Slime HQ to dancing at the Slime Light Club, to making your mark at the Great Wall of Slime. It’s the ultimate Slime experience as you soak in all the ooey gooey green goodness at the Slime Bubble-torium, and the Slime-tennial Park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland at Botanical Gardens
Check out this year’s larger-than-life whimsical plant sculptures, including new Alice in Wonderland-themed sculptures in addition to crowd favorites the dragon, mammoth and Green Goddess. Spot the floating rabbit, an expansive chess board with heart trees and a large Cheshire Cat. Try and find Alice, too! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Max Makes a Million at The Alliance Theatre
Based on Maira Kalman’s one-of-a-kind book Max Makes A Million, this play follows the beat-poet dog Max Stravinsky on his quest to get to Paris. Head to the Alliance Theatre to celebrate those wishful thinkers who dare to dream beyond what seems possible, just like Max. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Atlanta United FC versus New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta United takes on the New York Red Bulls at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the MLS matchup. Go early for pre-game traditions and festivities! Sun. Event details.

Multiple Locations

Search for Tiny Doors in Atlanta
Tiny Doors ATL is an Atlanta-based art project bringing big wonder to tiny spaces. Doors are always free to visit and accessible to people of all ages. Download a map of Tiny Doors here, and start your summer-long scavenger hunt. No two doors are the same! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Stone Mountain

Fantastic Fourth Celebration
For the price of parking, enjoy one of the South’s most spectacular fireworks displays and a patriotic laser show at Stone Mountain. Fireworks and laser show are nightly at 9:30 p.m., and attractions (with a paid ticket) open daily 10:30 a.m. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Cartersville

Outdoor Family Movie at Red Top Mountain State Park
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a snack, and meet on the green at Picnic Shelters 1, 2, and 3 to enjoy a movie surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Red Top Mountain State Park and Lake Allatoona. All movies shown will be rated G or PG, and start at dark (about 8:45 PM). Call the visitor center to learn more. Inclement weather may cancel this event. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey