Go on and gas up your car, parents. This weekend is full of fun in every corner of Atlanta—an international auto show downtown, the 134th Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade in midtown, a model train show at the perimeter, and more—and we promise you won’t want to miss a single event. Fasten your seat belts because the weekend is racing our way, and we’ve got your road map all laid out below.

Road trip

Photo: S. Massey

Downtown

Atlanta International Auto Show at The World Congress Center
Calling all auto fanatics! This annual showcase of over 400 new 2016 import and domestic cars, light trucks, vans and sports utility vehicles is sure to delight anyone who likes to make things go “vroom!” Just remember that it’s CASH ONLY. Held at Georgia World Congress Center C Building, 235 Northside Drive (next to Georgia Dome). Adults $10, Ages 6-12 $5, Free under 6. All ages. Event details.

Harlem Globetrotters at Philips Arena
Don’t miss your chance to see the spectacular spectacle that is the Harlem Globetrotters on the courts! Catch them in Duluth first, then Atlanta next weekend. Held at Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. Fri. and Sat. at 1 p.m. Tickets from $10. All ages. Event details.

Atlanta Fair at Turner Field
The rides are in gear and there will soon be cheer; get ready, Atlanta- the fair is near! Returning for another season, the Atlanta Fair is back at Turner Field, and it’s without a doubt the most reasonably priced fair in the land (admission ranges from $.50 on select dates to $3). Held at Turner Field Grey Lot, 655 Central Ave SW. Tickets prices vary by date. All ages. Event details.

Mystery of the Mayan Medallion
Head to the Children’s Museum to help an archeological team dig at a site in Palenque, Mexico (which just happens to have been transported to the Children’s Museum, so no airline tickets needed!). Search for a priceless jade medallion using archeology, biology and astro-mathematics. Held at Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW. Free with admission ($14.95/ person, free for babies under 1). All ages. Event details.

Midtown

Galapagos George, The Little Tortoise That Could at Center for Puppetry Arts
Once upon a time, there was a not-so-little tortoise named George in the Galapagos Islands. Learn about geography, history, science, and Latin culture in this artful eco-tale at the nation’s best spot to catch a puppet show. Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. Member $10.25, Non-Member $20.50, Free under 2. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Fancy Nancy at Synchronicity Theatre
Don’t miss the story of Fancy Nancy and her best friend as they put on a production about mermaids. And stick around for free ice cream sundaes March 6 at 2 p.m. after the show! Held at Synchronicity Theatre, 1545 Peachtree Street. Tues.–Thurs. Student Matinées 10:30 a.m., Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 1 & 4 p.m., Sun. 2 & 5 p.m., No Sunday performances on 3/20. $20/ adult, $15/ ages 2-12, free under 2. All ages. Event details.

134th Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade
The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back for 2016! On Saturday, March 12, Midtown Atlanta is hosting the 134th Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade, making it the longest-running event in Atlanta’s history. This year’s parade steps off at noon at the intersection of Peachtree and 16th streets and continues south on Peachtree to the intersection of 5th Street. The event will feature over 2,000 dancers, musicians, cheerleaders, clowns, Irish dignitaries as well as the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Parade begins at Peachtree & 16th St., continues south on Peachtree to the 5th St. intersection. Sat. from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at The Alliance Theatre
Some days, you just need to see good triumph over bad. Round up your littles for this classic tale of love, faith, courage, and giving in a one-act, family friendly production on the Alliance Stage. Held at The Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Through March 20. Adults $35, children $20. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

The Lizard and El Sol at The Alliance Theatre
Some days, you just need to see good triumph over bad. Round up your littles for this classic tale of love, faith, courage, and giving in a one-act, family friendly production on the Alliance Stage. Held at The Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Through March 20. Adults $35, children $20. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Atlanta Blooms! at the Botanical Garden
The tulips are coming! Celebrate springtime surrounded by meadows of tulips, daffodils, crocus and more. Ushering in the Garden’s ruby 40th anniversary and color-filled Chihuly exhibition, this bulb display is fiery with thousands of blooms in red, orange and hot colors. Keep in mind that bloom times vary, but the exhibition is designed to bow to the whim of Mother Nature. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden , 1345 Piedmont Ave. Through April 30. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, free under 3). All ages. Event details.

Orchid Daze at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Not only are they beautiful, varied, and exotic, but orchids also grow inside the HOTHOUSE and are in bloom! Head to the Garden this winter for some warm, fresh air. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. Through April 10. Free with admission ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, free under 3). All ages. Event details.

Free Family FunFest at The Alliance
Head to the Alliance on the March 13 Free Family Fun Fest for performances of The Lizard & El Sol, along with acting workshops, performances of Music for the Very Young by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and free admission to the High Museum of Art. Other activities include a face painting, a photo booth, costume making, props making, an instrument petting zoo, and more. Register here. Held at The Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE. Free. Sun. from 1 to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Perimeter/ Galleria

The Atlanta Opera Presents The Pirates of Penzance
Pirates, sculduggery, and a (very tiny) bit of romance. Sounds a lot like life with littles around the house. The Atlanta Opera will present The Pirates of Penzance at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, with a special “bring your family” matinee on Saturday, March 12th. It’s art, imitating life. Held at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. Tickets from $29.53. Saturday, March 5 and Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. All ages (and a special all-ages matinee on the 12th). Event details.

Model Train Show at Cobb Galleria Centre
Pirates, sculduggery, and a (very tiny) bit of romance. Sounds a lot like life with littles around the house. The Atlanta Opera will present The Pirates of Penzance at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, with a special “bring your family” matinee on Saturday, March 12th. It’s art, imitating life. Held at Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway. $10 Adults, Kids 12 and under free. Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All ages. Event details.

Sandy Springs

Cook Up Some Fun at Young Chef’s Academy
Get those kiddos cooking! Head to the YCA’s weekend classes, where little chefs learn how to cook a new item every week. Held at Young Chef’s Academy, Sandy Springs, 230 Hammond Drive NE, Suite 368. Price varies by package or class number purchased. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Junior Chefs and Senior Chefs, 10:30 a.m. Kinder Cooks. All ages. Event details.

Druid Hills

Wild Africa on IMAX
Head to Africa—the wildest place on Earth—at the newest IMAX presentation at Fernbank. Watch as your little explorers eyes’ widen at enchanted forests, the boiling edge of the underworld, celestial ice-capped mountains, lava-spewing volcanoes, crashing waterfalls and deep fantastical seas. And experience some of the greatest gatherings of wildlife ever captured on film. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road NE. IMAX only (does not include museum admission, not required) $13/ adult, $11/ child. Show times vary. All ages. Event details.

Wild Music at Fernbank
If your kiddos love to sing, beat on drums, and dance, they’ll love Fernbank’s exhibit on music. Whales compose, bullfrogs chorus, songbirds greet the dawn, and people everywhere sing and dance. Discover nature’s “musicians” in a multitude of hands-on activities throughout the exhibit. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Included with admission ($18/ adult, $16/ child). Exhibit through Jul. 31. All ages. Event details.

Decatur

Story Time at Little Shop of Stories
Little Shop does story time right; it usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the restlessness of the crowd, and guest appearances by authors have been known to happen! Held at Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square. Free. Sun. at 3 p.m. All ages. Event details.

Where will your weekend take you? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey