We all know about the luck of the Irish, but after taking a look at our weekend lineup, you’ll be talking about the luck of the Atlanta parent, instead. From the one of the nation’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parades to fondue and fairytales to cowboy gatherings to a day of wild poisons, you won’t suffer any famine of fun. Load up your leprechauns and set out for an adventure.
Cheer on the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade
While some St. Patrick’s Day events can get a little Guinness-y, Atlanta’s family-friendly parade is one of the nation’s oldest, and is complete with clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, children participants, dancers, drill teams, and more. Go on. Be Irish. Held in Midtown on Peachtree St. from 16th to 5th. Free. Sat. from 12 to 1:30 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Feast on a Screening of James and the Giant Peach
This one’s for us, Georgia. Don’t miss the screening of James and the Giant Peach (based on the book by Roald Dahl) at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The kids will eat it up! Held at Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th. $7; Free for members. Sat. at 6:15 p.m. (beer and wine bar opens) and 7 p.m. (showtime). All ages, but keep in mind the movie is rated PG and runs for 79 minutes. Event details.
Wow the Wee Ones at Wild Poison Day
Presented in conjunction with The Power of Poison exhibit at Fernbank, Wild Poisons Day will include a variety of hands-on activities and special demonstrations about poisonous plants and animals. Held at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road, NE. Free with admission (Adults $18, Children 3-12 $16, Children under 3 free). Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Learn How to Ride a Bike
Instead of struggling by yourself, take your kids to a workshop run by REI instructors. They’ll get personalized and group instruction to help overcome fears, learn how to start and stop, and how to maneuver their bikes around obstacles. Bring your kids, their bikes, and their helmets. Held at Brook Run Park, 4770 Georgia Way S. $45/ member, $65/ non-member. Sat. from 9 to 11 a.m. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Multiple Atlanta Locations
Enjoy a Fondue Fairytale with Cinderella
In honor of the premiere of Cinderella, take your little princes and princesses to The Melting Pot for a three-course fairytale fondue feast, complete with a visit from Cinderella herself. Held at all four Atlanta-area locations. Kids 12 & under: $15/ person; Adults: $25/ person Sat. from 12 to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.
See Cinderella on Stage
Load up your little prince and princesses and head to the Gwinnett Center to see The Gwinnett Symphony and The Northeast Atlanta Ballet bring Cinderella to life on stage. Held at Gwinnett Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Tickets start at $15.50. Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 10 a.m., 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sun. at 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Learn about Life as a Civil War Soldier
Head to Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site to learn about the life of the common soldier who fought in Georgia during the Civil War. A Park Ranger dressed as a soldier will display the items soldiers carried while marching and fighting in north Georgia in 1864. Held at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site , 4432 Mt. Tabor Church Rd. Admission: $3-$5.50. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Touch a Truck
Round up your cadre of community helpers and take them to Kennesaw, where they can kick the tires (and climb in, and touch, and have their pictures taken with) of their favorite trucks. The drivers will be on hand to explain the vehicular gadgetry, and there is also a Kid Zone (bounce house, train rides, and games) for the wee ones when they’re all trucked-out. Held near the Depot, 2828 Cherokee St. Admission is free; food and beverage available for purchase. Sat. from 10 am. to 2 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive: Cartersville
Circle the Wagons at the 12th Annual Cowboy Gathering
Gather up your cowpokes and head to Cartersville, a mere 45 minutes North of Atlanta, and enjoy crafts, kids activities, singing, cooking out, and other activities during this 12th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering. Held at Booth Western Art Museum, 501 Museum Dr. Adults $10, Kids 12 & under free. Thurs. through Sat. multiple times- see schedule for lineup. All ages. Event details.
Where will your family get lucky this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below, or on our Atlanta Facebook page.
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