Your summer bucket list is about to get a whole lot lighter after this weekend. With a backyard campout at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, an outdoor concert in Sandy Springs, a wildlife day—complete with fishing, archery, and a free hotdog—you can take your pick from fun outdoor activities. Or, volunteer as a family to pack lunches for kids at the Agape Center, check out the futuristic bike exhibit at MODA, or do some family yoga and art in Decatur. Keep reading for all the ways to rock the weekend with kids in Atlanta, below.

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Camp Out at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Have you ever wanted to camp out in the great outdoors, but stay close to home? CNC offers a great opportunity to camp under the stars. Along with camping, you will go on a guided night hike, have an up-close experience with a live 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 Family Backyard Campout. CNC does not provide tents or sleeping bags. Registration is required. Here is what you need to know before you go.

Enjoy a Live Outdoor Concert in Sandy Springs
Rediscover your weekends at City Springs with City Green Live. The free concert series is back and open to the public! Seating on City Green opens at 5 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Bring your blankets and or check out the availability of tables for sale in advance, online. Find out more here.

Set Up a Backyard Water Park
Avoid the crowds and beat the heat by transforming your back yard into your own private water park oasis. Whether you’re looking for something simple—rainbow inflatable sprinkler, perhaps?—or a DIY project, you don’t need to leave the house to have your kids slipping and sliding the day away. Here‘s the scoop.

Visit the Green Market at Piedmont Park
Voted one of the top five farmer’s markets in Atlanta by Access Atlanta, Green Market encourages sustainable communities in the most basic way – by providing shoppers with direct access to local farmers and small businesses. Walk the market and enjoy goods from local farmers, bakers, jams, preserves, and artisan goods. There is something for everyone. While you shop, you can enjoy prepared foods and drinks for breakfast and lunch. Check out the details here.

Bike to the Future at MODA in Midtown
Bike to the Future showcases the latest in bicycle design. The exhibition presents a collection of contemporary models from the new millennium, including Philippe Starck’s electric bike ‘MASS’ and Tobias Knockaert’s laser-cut bicycle, as well as prototypes and experiments made with unusual materials to serve a variety of functions. Bike accessories will also be featured, such as the magnetic bicycle light ‘iFlash One,’ designed by the Danish studio Kibisi, the ‘Hammerhead’ navigation system, and the ‘Hövding’ airbag helmets. Check out the details here.

Enjoy Family Yoga & Art in Decatur
Join Paint Love for a fun, outdoor, morning family yoga and art class at Legacy Park in Decatur, Georgia. Families will move through an all-level yoga flow together before creating art together. All skill levels and individuals welcome. All proceeds continue our mission to bring extraordinary art + social-emotional learning to kids, especially those who have experienced adversity. Find out all that you should know before you go, here.

Enjoy Twilight Tots at Zoo Atlanta
Bring your littlest ones for an evening of exploring the Zoo. Enjoy a mini-tour of the Zoo with a Zoo Atlanta Educator, stopping along the way to sing songs, hear animal stories, and dance like an animal! Observe animals after hours and make connections to wildlife. This program is designed for families with children ages 0-5, with opportunities for exploration for ages 0-2. Join us for a fun evening adventure before the sun goes down. Find more info here.

Attend Kids Wildlife Day in Covington
Best for kids ages 8-15, this free Wildlife Day gives your kids a chance to fish, play games, shoot archery, see wildlife demos (including a birds of prey show and a reptile show), and free hotdog lunch. Here are the details.

Pack Lunches for Agape in Buckhead
Each week, Agape serves more than 200 children in innovative, in-school and after-school support programs to help children and families in Northwest Atlanta. Westside Table is excited to partner with Agape to provide sack lunches for children as part of their summer enrichment program, and families are invited to join them at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, June 27, and help prepare sack lunches for children in Northwest Atlanta. Here‘s what you need to know.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

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—Shelley Massey

 

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