We don’t want to freak you out, but it’s time to get serious about your summer bucket list. Luckily, this weekend is jam packed with activities and events that’ll earn you extra credit as you tick through your list of fun. Read on to find out where to go for maximum impact.


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Druid Hills 

Reptile Day at Fernbank
Slither on over to Fernbank for the ever-popular reptile day, where kids can come face-to-face with table after table of live reptiles and amphibians. Sat. Event details.


Tiovivo Climb-On Structures at the High
The High Museum of Art just got a little funkier. Tiovivo: Whimsical Sculptures by Jaime Hayon include four wooden sculptures—shaped like animals or objects—in polka dots and stripes, with sets of stairs and slides with openings specifically sized for children on the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Frog Feeding at Atlanta Botanical Garden
If the Chihuly exhibit isn’t enough reason to head to the Garden for some fresh air and inspiration, the frog feedings are. Drop by the Fuqua Conservatory lobby to watch the rare and endangered amphibians jump to action at mealtime, and direct all your questions to the amphibian specialist on site. Sat. Event details.


Fountain of Rings Music Show at Centennial Park
Ready to boogie, splash, and giggle? Throw on your swimsuits and head to Centennial Park, where the world’s largest interactive water fountain—the Fountain of Rings—rocks out to classic tunes at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, and 9 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Old Fourth Ward

Beginner Skateboarding Class on the Beltline
Ready to shred? Maybe not, but this free one hour skateboarding class led by expert instructors on the Beltline is exactly where you need to begin. Geared towards the “wait a sec while I get this board out of the box” set, they’ll walk you through topics such as: learning to balance, the stance, and your first turns. Sat. Event details.


Family Breakfast with Butterflies
We like to think of this as “butterflies and biscuits,” but whatever’s on the menu this year, you won’t want to miss this awesome annual tradition. Catch some one-on-one time with several species of butterflies with exclusive access to the butterfly encounter tent, eat a light breakfast, and explore the grounds prior to opening. Sun. Event details.


Mommy & Me Sip ‘n Paint Tea Party in Marietta
Head to Marietta for a masterful afternoon of art on the square. Everyone gets a canvas and together paints their way to a perfect day. Sat. Event details.

Where will you put a drop in the ol’ summer bucket this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey