What? Hold up. How is it even possible that vacation is nearing its last few weeks? Before your long, leisurely days of summertime are cut short by the bell, you’ll want to hit some of Atlanta’s headlining exhibits, like The Amazing Castle at The Children’s Museum, Winnie the Pooh at The High, and Imaginary Worlds at Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Keep reading for the details on these, and other summer bucket list events, below.

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The Amazing Castle at Children’s Museum
Be transported to a magical place and time inside a magical castle’s stone walls, where every citizen has a special job to do. Children can don costumes and engage in role-play, become lords and ladies, castle villagers or even “HiJinx the Jester.” Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Winnie the Pooh at the High
Explore the history and legacy of Pooh through original sketches, photographs, memorabilia and letters, and don’t miss checking out the interactive elements that bring Shepard’s illustrations to life. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Imaginary Worlds at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
The plant giants return! Take your tots to marvel at this collection of mega-landscaping, complete with a trio of camels, an enchanting Mermaid, and a beautiful Peacock—among other marvelous models. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Green Market at Piedmont Park
Don’t miss the weekly Green Market, a local farmers market serving Midtown’s population with fresh, clean, local food. Local farmers, bakers, sauce makers, and craftsmen are on site and have weekly offerings of cooking demonstrations and entertainment while you shop. Pick up lunch from the vast array of prepared foods and drinks for a picnic in the nearby playground. Sat. Event details.

Druid Hills

Treetop Tales for Preschoolers at Fernbank
Don’t miss Fernbank’s outdoor storytelling program for preschoolers with an educator, featuring Seed Magic by Jane Buchanan and illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb. This event is part of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club. A free copy of the book will be given to each family in attendance. (Available while supplies last.) Sat. Event details.


Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, be sure to bring your camera! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Roswell Summer Puppet Series
Bringing world-class puppetry to Roswell, the Roswell Summer Puppet Series showcases 7 family-friendly performances in their summer season. This week’s performance is  “Cardboard Explosion.” Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Summer Movie Night at Red Top Mountain State Park
Just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, Red Top Mountain State Park will host a G or PG rated movie surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Red Top Mountain State Park and Lake Allatoona. Bring a towel, lawn chairs, and snacks, and the movie will take place at Picnic Shelters 1, 2, and 3. Events will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. To find out what movie will be shown, call 770-975-4226. Sat. Event details.


TreeMendous Play Houses at Smith-Gilbert Gardens
TreeMendous Play Houses features a series of creative, interactive, outdoor play structures— designed and built by local students and professionals. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Chattahoochee Hills

Peter Pan at Serenbe Playhouse
Sit along the banks of the creek at Serenbe and soar to Neverland during this enchanting performance about everyone’s favorite little boy who refuses to grow up! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

—Shelley Massey