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Atlanta Kids Weekend Events: Mar. 19-21

Spring has sprung and has catapulted us right into nonstop action in Atlanta. Whether you hit a skate park or go zip lining, or maybe just take your meals outside, the great outdoors is beckoning! And if you head to the right park or playground in Atlanta, you may just find some fossils, to put a cherry on the weekend. Keep reading for fun ideas with the kids, below.

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Explore a Skate Park
Go skateboarding at a skatepark. Atlanta’s skateparks are spread out, which means accessing one is relatively easy, no matter where you live. The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark is often the site of free beginner skateboarding classes on the weekends (check the BeltLine’s website to find out when to go), and the Brook Run Skate Park in Dunwoody is the largest skatepark in Atlanta, and is surrounded by trees (and near trails for biking, walking, and running). Check it out, here.

Dig for Dinosaurs at Caney Creek Preserve
Caney Creek Preserve in Forsyth County serves up an epic playground with a terrific spider web climbing structure, a dinosaur dig area, and a water play feature—in warm months only. There are also 1.2 miles of walking trails in the forest, with interpretive signs along the way, which means you can move from the playground to exploration to picnic tables to naptime in one joyous blink of an eye. Here’s all you need to know.

Take Part in the Atlanta Science Festival
Looking for a good reaction from your kids? Thanks to the Atlanta Science Festival from Mar. 13-27 at multiple locations across Atlanta, you can wow them with over 80 virtual, self-guided, and outdoor events. With hands-on experiments, walks, and scavenger hunts ranging in topic from environmental science and climate to healthcare and COVID, the Atlanta Science Festival is a no brainer. This is our curated guide for families, and for more info, check here.

Check out Orchid Daze at Atlanta Botanical Garden
With a special focus on safety this year, the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid center is open to the public daily, 12 – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday. The limited hours give the Garden’s staff time to maintain the displays without interfering with the guest experience. Face coverings are REQUIRED to enter the Garden’s indoor spaces, including the Fuqua Conservatory and Orchid Center, where much of the experience is one-way. But the blooms are as beautiful as ever. Here’s the scoop.

Visit Fernbank’s Curiosity Fest
Curious about having fun with dinosaurs, science, nature and cool artifacts? Fernbank has the answer, with daily activities, programs and events to keep your curiosity thriving and fulfilled. Featuring after-hours experiences, guided forest walks, science shows, experiments, family days, self-guided programs and more, Fernbank’s Curiosity Fest offers fun things to do every day in a safe way that limits attendance to allow for physical distancing. Event details are here.

Learn About Navroz at The Children’s Museum
Navroz, also known as the Persian New Year, is a festival that marks both the beginning of a new year and the beginning of spring. Children will enjoy a fun-filled Navroz storytime and craft. For more info and to reserve tickets, check here.

Ride an Alpine Coaster in Helen
Zip through the Georgia mountains in Helen on the state’s only alpine coaster—similar to a roller coaster but riders have their own cart that moves along a tubular steel rail system—and the rider controls the speed, which tops out at 25 mph. Find out details here.

Check Out LEGOLAND‘S Trolls World Tour at Phipps Plaza
Embrace your inner pop diva or rockstar at the limited-time LEGO® Trolls World Tour. Join Poppy and Branch for a glittery, rainbow-infused party that explores six different genres of music. Build a mini-guitar and take it home, search for Trolls on a Scavenger Hunt in MINILAND, fly a rockstar ride at the zip line station, rock out at the Trolls Dance Party, and enjoy FREE troll-tastic goodies. Here Is what you need to know.

Zip Through the Trees at TreeTop Quest
Treetop Quest Dunwoody opens for the season on March 6, and you can get a jump start at this aerial adventure park as you zip through obstacles and treetops. Learn how to operate your equipment, swing through each course as many times as you want for 2.5 hours, and enjoy the ride. Here‘s the scoop.

Participate in National Bubble Week Festivities
Celebrate all things bubbles during National Bubble Week! Mar. 14 kicks off 7 days of bubble-filled fun. Make your own bubble solution, bubble up some science experiments, take the Gazillion Bubbles Bubble Pull Challenge or throw a bubbly bash. Here is a peek at how we plan to do it.

Check out our incredible virtual adventure calendar here for more options!

—Shelley Massey

 

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