Atlanta’s got a strong showing of family excitement for this first official weekend of summer. You’ll find 80 tons of sand on Ponce for Decatur’s annual Beach Party, families pitching tents by the dozen at the Great American Backyard Campout at Chattahoochee Nature Center, and loads of quality family theater all over town. Keep reading for everything you need to know to make this weekend one for the books.


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Decatur Beach Party
Kick-off summer Decatur-style at The Decatur Beach Party with pop-up performances, a DJ, live music, a sandy “beach,” and more. Best of all, admission is now FREE. Don’t forget to gather up those sand toys because there will be 80 tons of sand on Ponce De Leon Avenue. Kids’ activities will line the boardwalk area, and for the older kids we are bringing back the rock climbing wall and other exciting games. Fri. & Sat. 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.


Doc McStuffins: the Exhbit at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
Time for your check up! Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit features the McStuffins Toy Hospital environment and offers families an opportunity to explore the hospital, assume doctor play roles, and help solve problems, all while learning lessons about healthy habits, empathy, and nurturing care. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Beauty and the Beast at Center for Puppetry Arts
Trash is turned into treasure and true love prevails when this classic tale hip-hops its way into a modern day city complete with alley cats, beauty shops, and exercise videos. 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.

Amazon Treasure Truck at The Fairmont
See, touch, demo, and discover products to add to your Amazon baby registry at this on-site Atlanta event. You’ll find hundreds of big and small items on hand, so you can try everything from strollers to carseats, cribs to changing tables, all in-person. Sat. Event details.


Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. Tour at Cobb Energy Center 
Watch Nickelodeon and YouTube star JoJo Siwa perform live during her first multi-city stage tour. Don’t forget your gargantuan bows! Sat. Event details


Summer Puppet Series: Sleeping Beauty
This beloved Roswell tradition returns in 2019 with shows that are sure to delight audiences of all ages. Now Serving King of Pops following Wednesday and Friday Matinees at the bridge. This week’s show is Sleeping Beauty. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Great American Backyard Campout at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Have you ever wanted to camp out in the great outdoors but stay close to home? The Chattahoochee Nature Center has you covered! Along with camping, you will go on a guided night hike, have an up-close experience with a rehabilitated animal, and wrap up the evening with marshmallows roasting over a campfire. Pack a picnic, bring the camera, and drive the family to CNC’s summer Backyard Campout—but don’t forget to register in advance. All ages are welcome, and you should bring your own camping gear but leave the groceries—dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday are served. Sat. Event details.


Family Outdoor Movie Night 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

Worth the Drive: Calhoun

Sunflower Festival
Enjoy fun and food on the farm during the Sunflower Festival, where you can snap pictures in thouseands of flowers, purchase flowers, ride a mechanical bull, pony, cow train, zipline, or hayride, jump on a giant jumping pillow, watch the launch of a watermelon cannon, and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Chattahoochee Hills

Pocahontas at Serenbe Playhouse
Head to Serenbe to hear the story of America’s first heroine. In this original telling, you’ll meet Pocahontas just before she is set to leave her beloved home in Virginia to begin a new chapter with husband, John Rolfe, in England. Enjoy Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey