Summer is chugging along full steam ahead and the weekend is just around the bend. Take the tots for some fresh mountain air aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Dinosaur Train. Then, keep things on track with the Railroad Rendezvous at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. Celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month with the 3rd Annual Ice Cream Festival in Piedmont Park. If they feel like staying indoors, catch a special screening of The Croods at the fabulous Fox Theater, or treat your sweetie to a Cupcake Decorating Workshop. Still looking for something to do? Check out this science-inspired storytime or mommy-and-me craft class. Just think of Red Tricycle as your ticket to endless summer fun—all aboard!


Great Smoky Mountains Dinosaur Train
All aboard this ‘pre-historic” ride is filled with music, stories and activities.  Based on the popular PBS Kids Television series, all ages are sure to enjoy this adventure filled train ride that includes music and stories, plus all kids receive a Nature Trackers Club guidebook to use at the activities area to during your layover! Of course, an opportunity to meet the favorite T.rex, Buddy!  See website for additional dates and times. Fri., 11 am and 2:30 pm, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, Bryson City, Ages 13 and older, $39; ages 2-12, $30; younger than 2, free. All ages. Event details.

Moments with Mommy Craft Class
Bring your 2-5 year old for an hour of crafty fun. There is no theme to this artistic class and little ones have a variety of mediums to enjoy. Reservations are required. Fri., 10 am, Two Crafty Chicks, $7 per child. Ages 2 to 5 years. Event details.

Railroad Rendezvous
Railroad Rendezvous will feature a variety of kid-friendly activities including a hobo jungle, period specific outdoor games, Operation Lifesaver railroad safety lessons, live railroad music and of course, various interactive train layouts. Sat., 10 am to 4 pm, Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Adults $7.50, children (4-12) $5.50. All ages. Event details.

3rd Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival
This fun event will include a variety of health and wellness agencies, fitness routines, and so much more fun for the whole family. Yes, come to the park, eat some ice cream, but also prepare yourself for lots of laughter, break a sweat with the fitness activies, receive information from the participating health/wellness agencies of our community and have a great time. Sat., 11 am to 6 pm, Piedmont Park, Free entry. All ages. Event details.

The Croods at the Fox Theater
Enjoy this PG movie screening at the historic Fox Theater as part of the Coca-Cola Film Festival. The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever. Sat., 2 pm, The Fox Theater, $12.50 for adults, $7.50 for kids 12 and under. All ages. Event details.

Cupcake Decorating Workshop
Is your sugar crazed for cupcakes? This workshop is a can’t miss for budding bakers. They will learn decorating tips as they complete three summer-themed cupcake designs and create their very own designer cupcake. Sat., 3 to 5 pm, Young Chef’s Academy, $35 per participant; $30 for siblings. Kids under 6 need to be accompanied by an adult. Event details.

Tadpole Tales
Preschoolers will enjoy a story with a Fernbank educator along with a special activity or song. July’s story is Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes. Sat., 1:30 pm, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Where will your crew chug off to this weekend? Tell us below!

–Phebe Wahl

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