Fireflies, cannon balls, outdoor movies, and happiness. These are the hallmarks of an Atlanta summer and this weekend there are plenty of options for families looking to embrace the season. Read on for details on registering for this Saturday’s Camp In and Movie Night in honor of National Camp Out Night. Not sure you’re ready for an overnight in a tent? You can take the kids for campfire stories and s’mores instead. Looking for an awesome rooftop movie option? Register here for the Aquarium’s Dive-In Movie on Saturday. Get out there, Atlanta. You might catch the ice cream truck if you hurry!

Group of kids around campfire with tent

Worth the Drive: Lithonia

Folktales by Firelight
Hiking, a campfire and storytelling; what a great combination! Families have two options (or can choose to stay for both events), which include a 3-5 p.m. beginner 1 mile hike and story breaks, culminating in the campfire (and s’mores, naturally), as well as a 7-9 p.m. primitive fire starting demo, which includes folktales and s’mores around the campfire. Be sure to RSVP by emailing Held at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Center, 3787 Klondike Rd. Free. All ages. Event details.


Strut with Your Stroller at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Load up your kiddos and their sweet rides for a jaunt through the Garden. No registration is required for this short interactive walking tour. Meet in the Hardin Visitor Center. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child ages 3 to 12, Free/ child 2 and under, Free for members). Ages 1-2. Event details.

Visit the Green Market at Piedmont Park 
If it’s Saturday in Atlanta, it’s time to visit the Green Market. Bring the bikes and the pups and pay a visit to the market, with it’s array of Georgia grown produce, handmade crafts, cooking demonstrations, and kids’ activities. Held at Piedmont Park, 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue NE Park Entrance Free. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Old Fourth Ward

Don’t Miss the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival
Named “Best New Event” by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association, visitors can enjoy art from up to 150 local and regional artists, a children’s play area, local food and beverage concessions and live acoustic entertainment. Best of all, it’s entirely free! Held at Old Fourth Ward Park, 592 N. Angier Ave., NE. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Craft Time at Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
Head to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and the littles can make their own American Flag craft using wood and paint – just in time for the 4th of July! Held at Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway. Free. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.


Dive In Movie: Penguins of Madagascar
Head to the top of the Aquarium’s parking deck to see Penguins of Madagascar (PG). Don’t forget your blanket or lawn chair, and be sure to get there in time for character appearances beginning at 8 p.m. Movie runs at sundown (around 8:40 p.m.). Held at The Georgia Aquarium Parking Deck, 225 Baker St. Free for members and included in regular admission, with availability ($35.95/ adult, $29.95/ child, Free for kids under 3). Sat. at 8 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Be a Part of a Fairy Tale at Children’s Museum
Featuring multicultural fairy tales, from an African jungle to a giant’s castle, this exhibit takes visitors into the larger-than-life pages of seven favorite fairy tales from around the world. Held at Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. $12.75 per person, under age 1 is free. Sat. and Sun. Ages 8 & under. Event details.


Camp-In and Movie Night
Bring your camping gear (including food) to the Panola Mountain State Park, where Park Rangers will be on hand to offer camping advice, help, entertainment (TBD family-friendly movie), and dessert. All campers must register in advance by calling 770-389-7801. Held at Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 Highway 155, SW. $5/ camper. All ages. Event details.

What’s your favorite summer activity in Atlanta? Tell us where in the comments section below!

–Shelley Massey