The weekend is almost here and we have got the 411 on what to do when! Kick things off Friday with a date night canoe trip down the Chattahoochee to get you relaxed, recharged and ready for family fun. Wake up Saturday morning and take the tots to a puppetry play or to see Finding Nemo at the fabulous Fox. If the gang feels like getting some fresh air, venture out to Rock Ranch for their Sweet Corn Festival, Cagles Family Farm—or the Atlanta Green Fun Fest if you want to keep it local. Or, take your little animal lover to the Children’s Museum for a class in caring for creatures. Cap things off with a Sunday matinee of Dr. Seuss’s classic Cat in the Hat at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Enjoy!


Date Night Canoe Trip
Take a night off as you enjoy the beautiful scenery the Chattahoochee River. Arrive early and stay a bit later to enjoy the grounds and trails of the Nature Center. Bring a picnic dinner with a bottle of wine to enjoy before or after your trip. This is the perfect setting to re-connect with nature and your partner. Canoe trip will end approximately at 8:30 and participants are invited to relax on the grounds till 9:30 pm. Fri., 4:30-9:30 pm, Chattahoochee Nature Center, $30, $25 for CNC members. Adults only. Event details.

Stinky Cheese Man
This puppetry play contains zany versions of classic tales. The narrator Jack takes the audience through the twists and turns of this wacky tale. Learn the real story of Chicken Licken, or is that Chicken Little? And then there is Cinderumpelstiltskin. Will she have to spin her own dress? Will she go to the ball? The Really Ugly Duckling will make audiences laugh and cry and everyone will leave with a somewhat revised view of that Little Red Hen. Sat., 10:00 am, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, $5 for children under 11, and $6 for ages 12 and up. All ages. Event details.

Finding Nemo at the Fox
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Finding Nemo” at this special screening. The film tells the story of an adventurous fish who is taken from his home in the sea and his father’s journey to find him. Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Alexander Gould are the star voices of this film, which is rated G. Sat., 2:00 pm, The Fox Theater, $12.50 for adults, $7.50 for kids 12 and under. All ages. Event details.

Sweet Corn Festival at Rock Ranch
The Rock Ranch Sweet Corn Festival is a free event for families. Guests will enjoy picking and purchasing fresh blackberries. The produce stand will also be selling fresh produce and honey from the hives at The Rock Ranch. They’ll also have cane pole fishing, paddle boats, the corn box, jumping pillow, petting zoo, slide hill, pedal carts, pony rides, tiny town, and train rides. A wrist band can be purchased for these activities for only $10. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Rock Ranch, $10 for activities. All ages. Event details.

Be A Future Vet!
FutureVet® programs provide hands-on, unique opportunities for children to explore the exciting world of veterinary medicine. This 1-hour interactive presentation is lead by a licensed Banfield® Pet Hospital veterinarian and allows children to learn about the anatomy of companion animals through anatomical models, fun learning activities and meet a Delta Society® therapy pet. The programs will teach children how to be responsible pet owners and how to also safely approach a pet. Each event will end with a mini-graduation, complete with their very own certificate and stethoscope! Sat., 12:00 pm, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Free with admission. Ages 8 and under. Event details.

Ag-Venture Tour of Cagle’s Family Farm
Take some people-friendly ducks, stir in a few dairy cows, add a handful of fearless goats and some precious piggies—stir in one black sheep named Maybelline who likes to give rides to the local chickens—and you have the farm-fresh fun of Cagles Family Farm. They have hayrides and dairy cow milking demonstrations and you’ll see the herding dogs, Tib and little Mack, in action. Sat., 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Cagles Family Farm, $7. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Atlanta’s Green Fun Fest 2013
Music, food trucks, “carnival-style” game boardwalk, farmer’s market and street market, plus the most-insane lawn darts tournament known to man! Tented small children and toddler’s play area. Sat., 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Historic Grant Park, Free. All ages. Event details.

Dr. Seuss’s the Cat in the Hat
Originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain, this Dr. Seuss classic is delightfully realized for the puppet stage. “The Cat in the Hat” features Sally and her brother, their pet fish, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. Zany fun and adventures abound! Sun., 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm, Center for Puppetry Arts, General admission $16.50; children under 2 free. All ages. Event details.

Where will you venture off to this weekend?

–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of Chattahoochee Nature Center via Facebook