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The weekend is heading full STEAM ahead, with tons of science-related activities—thanks to the Atlanta Science Festival—plus plenty of first weekend events at Atlanta’s best museums for families to visit. From making origami to participating in a scavenger hunt on the BeltLine, your weekend will be anything but ordinary. Keep reading for our favorite things to do with kids, all weekend long.
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Audubon Field Trip at Piedmont Park
Take a stroll in Piedmont Park and learn more about Georgia’s resident and migrating birds. Beginning birders and pros welcome on this 3.4 mile walk, so be sure and bring a stroller if you have younger bird fans in tow, along with a set of binoculars (or let them know in advance for a loaner pair). Sat. Event details.
Free Family Coding at The Children’s School
Bring your laptop or iPad to explore programming with your kids using a Micro:bit—a small, powerful microcontroller with a built-in LED matrix—during this free event hosted by The Children’s School. Learn coding basics, make an instrument, create a robot, build a pet, and let your imagination be your guide. All families can take home your Micro:bit and project, so you can continue learning together. Sat. Event details.
Family Art Day at The Design Studio Workshop
Gather for a day of printing with yams. It’s a fun pop-up event for the entire family where you will explore the different shapes and textures that are created through stamping and printing with yams. All printing materials are provided, including a variety of designs pre-cut into yams. Sun. Event details.
Our Senses: An Immersive Experience at Fernbank
Engage your senses in this highly experiential exhibition, where you can check out a virtual garden through the eyes of a bee or a slithering snake, challenge your ears by tracking individual sounds from an audio collage, and walk through life-sized illusions that make flat surfaces appear rippled. This exhibit is heavy on the wow factor. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Free Storytime at Barnes & Noble
Head to the Buckhead Barnes & Noble for weekly storytime, followed by thematic crafts or activities. Go to the Children’s Section when you arrive to grab a seat at this popular weekly event. Sat. Event details.
Design Club at Museum of Design Atlanta
Learn the basics of origami while exploring how nature uses folds and flat surfaces. Try origami with different kinds of paper to make a growing garden of flowers, an ecosystem of animals, and clouds of cranes at this free event (but please register to let them know you’re coming). Sat. Event details.
Stellaluna at Center for Puppetry Arts
When Stellaluna unexpectedly falls into the middle of a bird family’s home, the baby bat is graciously accepted as one of them—as long as she acts like a bird. This world premiere adaptation celebrates self-discoveries, unlikely friendships, and how we can be so different yet feel so much the same. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
BeltLine Scavenger Hunt
Explore the Atlanta BeltLine and learn about the world of science around you in this digital + social scavenger hunt. To participate, check the event website on March 7th for more details on how to join the hunt, then visit every stop before the festival ends on March 21st and you’ll be entered to win Atlanta Science Festival 2020 merchandise. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
First Saturday at Dunwoody Nature Center
Immerse yourself in nature and practice using your senses on a guided hike, where you’ll observe the world around you through sight, sound, smell and touch (no taste this time!). Educators will lead guests through sensory activities while hiking on forested trails during this all-ages hike. Please leave your pets at home, and note that strollers may have trouble on the trails. Sat. Event details.
. . . and check out our Events calendar for even more suggestions.