You’re going to the be coolest parents in Atlanta with this fail-proof roundup of hot summer fun. From free outdoor jazz to an over-the-top Jurassic exhibit, don’t forget to pack your shades and pop your collar, because the weekend just got a whole lot cooler. Keep reading for everything you need to know to pull this off.

Photo: Shelby L. Bell via Flickr


First Saturdays at Dunwoody Nature Center
Explore a different nature-related theme each month (it’s free!) through family-friendly, engaging programs with naturalists and docents. This month’s theme is “music.” Sat. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Concerts by the Spring
Heritage Sandy Springs will present the 22nd season of Concerts by the Springs, the outdoor summer concert series from May through September. This free series is open to the public and has become a celebrated community tradition each summer. This week’s music genre is jazz and R&B. 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. Throughout the week, enjoy special patriotic programming inside the park. Sun. Event details.

Dinosaur Explore at Stone Mountain Park
Check out 14 species of prehistoric dinosaurs in Stone Mountain Park’s “Dinosaur Explore” exhibit. The prehistoric creature collection features more than 20 life-size dinosaurs with special effects allowing them to move and roar just like their ancient ancestors. Fri.-Sun. Event details


Second Sunday at The High Museum of Art
On the second Sunday of each month, the High offers free admission for all visitors and special family-friendly programming from 1 to 4 p.m., including tours, performances, art projects, and story time. Sun. Event details.

Imaginary Worlds at Atlanta Botanical Garden
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.

Click, Clack, Moo at Center for Puppetry Arts
Don’t miss this stage adaptation of Doreen Cronin’s book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type. Cows that type? Chickens on strike?? Farmer Brown can’t believe his ears! Join the barnyard fun in this new adaptation of the award-winning children’s book. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


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


Pinocchio Puppet Show at Roswell Cultural Arts Center
Bringing world-class puppetry to Roswell, the Roswell Summer Puppet Series showcases 7 family-friendly performances in their summer season, including this week’s performance, Pinocchio. Fri. & 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