The great outdoors are knocking on the weekend’s door and begging you to come play! With a color run (and fest for those who aren’t so keen on the 5k), free bike rentals, and a scavenger hunt at an Indian mound, you have plenty of exciting options to shake up the weekend. Still want to get in touch with nature but dread the heat? Head to the live cow milking at Center for Puppetry Arts, and catch a performance of Click, Clack, Moo while you’re there!

Bike and trike


Free Bike Rentals at Panola Mountain State Park
Moms and dads, isn’t it time you hopped on a bike and joined in the fun with your kiddos, instead of watching them pedal around the driveway? Panola Mountain State Park will provide free 2-hour bike rentals to adults so you can enjoy riding on their paved Arabia Mountain long-distance path WITH your kids. Held at Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 Highway 155, SW. Free. Sat. from 7 a.m to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.


5K Color Run and Fun Fest
Color Fun Fest is a day and night glowing color run and post-party. Runners are doused with colored powder, which glows under black lights that get cranking at dusk. Held at Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr. $60 adult 5k registration, $10 fun fest entry only, free 5k registration for kids. Sat. multiple race times. All ages. Event details.


See Them Milk a Cow Then See Click, Clack, Moo
The Mobile Dairy Classroom will be at CPA featuring a fully operational milking parlor with a live cow used for milking and feeding demonstrations at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m. Then, treat them to Click, Clack, Moo on stage. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. $16.50 ages 2 and up; Under 2 free. All ages admitted; recommended for 4 & up. Event details.

Grant Park

Listen to Tunes from the Tombs at Historic Oakland Cemetery
Boasting a locals-only lineup, Historic Oakland Cemetery’s summertime music festival Tunes From the Tombs returns for its fifth year. Held at Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave, SE. Adults $15 in advance, $20 at gate, kids 3-12 $5, kids under 3 free. Sat. from 12-8 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Buckhead/ Sandy Springs

Catch the Play Mobile at Chastain Park 
Coca-Cola and the City of Atlanta Parks & Rec Department have teamed up to send a Play Mobile to various parks throughout the city, which you can access for free! Expect oldies-but-goodies: ring toss, hula hoops, board games, scooters, arts and crafts and more. Held at Chastain Park near the playground, 4469 Stella Dr NW. Free. Fri. from 1-4. All ages. Event details.


See the Lavender Fairy at the Lavender Festival
Head to Roswell’s most beautiful historic home to celebrate lavender (the plant), and you can be sure to delight all your kiddos who are in the “purple only” phase, too! This annual festival will include food, music, demonstrations, and plenty of kids activities and games. Be sure to stick around for the visit from the Lavender Fairy! Held at Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Dr. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive: Cartersville

Explore Indian Mounds with a Scavenger Hunt
Looking for a mini road trip? Head to Cartersville’s Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site for a Ranger-led scavenger hunt and day of discovery with the kiddos. They’ll love exploring the Indian Mound and learning about Native American history. Held at Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, 813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W. $2-$6. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Don’t Miss Your Chance!

Register for a Backyard Campout at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
On June 27th, you can pitch a tent at the CNC and enjoy a first rate camping experience, including guaranteed wildlife sightings, roasting marshmallows, and exploring the great outdoors. Registration required by June 24th. Held at Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd. $50/ family. All ages. Event details.

Heading into the wilds of Atlanta this weekend? Tell us where in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey

Photo: Erik (HASH) Herman via Flickr Creative Commons