On a hike, at a mansion, on a farm, from the sky, and at night. Who knew there were so many ways to hunt for eggs? And if you’re looking for other ways to get out and play this weekend, make sure to put the free Science Festival Expo at the top of your list. Read on for details on these activities and more, below.
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Atlanta Science Festival EXPO
Find science at your fingertips during the 3rd annual Atlanta Science Festival’s Exploration Expo, the metro area’s largest free interactive science day. Expect more than 100 interactive exhibits, hands-on experiments, mind-blowing demos, and a full line-up of live STEAM-themed performances. Held at Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Avenue West NW. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 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.
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.
Natural Egg Dyeing at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Learn about plants that contain powerful dyes and stunning colors during this interactive class while decorating vibrant eggs. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue. Sat. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $6 per child plus Garden admission (Member $5/child) ($18.95/ adult, $12.95/ child, free under 3). All ages. 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.
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. Afterwards, explore the park on it’s wide paved trails and check your veggies at the veggie valet while you play. 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.
Mandala Sand Painting at The Carlos Museum
Learn about the Buddhist deity Tara in the exhibition Doorway to an Enlightened World, speak with the monks about imagery on the mandala, then use Tibetan chak-purs and colored sand to create an individual mandala sand painting. Register here. Held at The Michael C. Carlos Museum, 571 South Kilgo Circle. Free for Carlos Museum members; $10 for non-member adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 16, free for children 5 and under. Includes admission to the museum.. Sat. from 12 to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.
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.
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.
Egg Hunt at Callanwolde
Come join the eggstravaganza that includes the egg hunt, carnival games, a bake sale and cake walk, face painting and spring crafts. There will be thousands of candy-filled eggs, as well as special golden eggs hidden with extra special prizes inside. Held at Callanwolde with parking at Emory University Briarcliff Campus, 1256 Briarcliff Road. In advance adults are free and children 12 and under are $12. If the event doesn’t sell out, tickets will be $14 cash only at the door. All ages. Event details.
Ranger Led Lake Paddle
Head to Sweetwater Creek State Park for a ranger-led, peaceful outing on the lake and up Beaver Creek. This trip is for those 18 years or older who can swim or children 6 years or older who can swim and are accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bait Shop and register in advance by calling 770-732-5871. Held at Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road. $20 includes canoe or tandem kayak, PFD, and paddle. $5 parking. Sun. from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
Nighttime Egg Hunt
The Cobb County Easter Egg Hunt under the stars takes place at Al Bishop Softball Complex in Marietta, and will have an egg hunt, children’s art activities, live entertainment, inflatables, hula-hoop contest, egg toss, storytelling, glow-in-the-dark best-dressed contest, food vendors and more. Remember to bring your flashlights! Held at Al Bishop Softball Complex, 1082 Al Bishop Dr. Free. Events begin Sat. at 6 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Community Egg Drop
If you’re looking to add some drama to your egg hunt, don’t miss this event. Thousands of eggs will be hidden and thousands more will be dropped from a helicopter on to the football field—over 90,000 in all. There will also be inflatables, face-painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and vendors selling food. Check website for specific start times. Held at Sprayberry High School, 2525 Sandy Plains Road. Free. Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Egg Hunt at the Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Kennesaw’s botanical gardens and historic site hosts this year’s Easter Egg Hunt. The first hunt begins at 10 a.m. and the last hunt is at 2 p.m., and you and your bunnies can also enjoy the gardens, meet the Easter bunny, participate in crafts, and check out the other seasonal vendors. Register here in advance only. Held at Smith-Gilbert Garden, 2382 Pine Mountain Road. $5 to $10/ person. Sat. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Event details.
Natural Artist at Work at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville
Take a tiny road trip to Gainesville to check out the newest branch of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and watch artist Patrick Dougherty create one of his monumental sculptures this spring from wood, branches and twigs harvested on site. Held at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville, 1911 Sweetbay Drive. Free with admission ($8/ adults, $5/ child, free under 3). Mar 21 – Apr 8. All ages. Event details.
Easter Egg Hunt at Serenbe
Head to the countryside for a day filled with egg hunting, pony rides, face painting, a moon bounce, and the opportunity to get a photo with the Easter Bunny. Grown ups, there will be scrumptious libations for you, as well. Held at The Inn at Serenbe, 10950 Hutchenson Ferry Rd. $5 kids ages 12 and under; Free for adults; Activities and rides available for purchase with tickets ($1/1 ticket). Sat. at 9:30 a.m. All ages. Event details.
Hike Hunt at Panola Mountain State Park
Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on the nature trails at Panola Mountain State Park. Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt! Ages 2 and under, ages 3 to 6, and ages 7 to 12 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes. Hunt begins at 10 a.m., leaving plenty of time for story-time and crafts before lunch. Held at Panola Mountain State Park, 2620 Highway 155 SW. Admission $2, Parking $5. Sat. at 10 a.m. All ages. Event details.
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