Load up your little leprechauns, as you’re in luck with a weekend full of family-fun. Honor St. Paddy with the annual Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade or Atlantic Station’s ShamRock the Station event. Or, celebrate being green at the Georgia Aquarium’s Irish-themed celebration. If they decide to sleep in, roll right over to Pajama Day at Zoo Atlanta. And don’t miss the Purim party at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Mazel tov!


The 132nd Annual Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade
This family-friendly parade begins at the intersection of 15th and Peachtree Streets, continuing south on Peachtree ending at 5th Street. The parade features more than 2,000 Irish dancers, musicians, floats, local and Irish dignitaries. Tots will love this year’s iconic Budweiser Clydesdales, and the world’s largest Irish walking flag. Sat., 12 to 1:30 p.m., Midtown Atlanta, Free. All ages. Event details.

ShamRock the Station
After the watching the Atlanta parade, head over to Atlantic Station for more family-friendly St. Patty’s Day fun. Live music and cool activities like hair painting—yes, green is acceptable—sand art and clogging make this festival a lucky find for both kids and adults! Sat., 2 to 9:30 p.m., Atlantic Station, Free. All ages. Event details.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Georgia Aquarium
Add a splash of fun to your St. Patty’s Day plans at the Georgia Aquarium! Have a blast watching live performances from Irish dancers and musicians. The kiddos will enjoy going on a scavenger hunt throughout the galleries almost as much as they’ll love the end result: winning chocolate coins from Fisher O’ Gill’s pot of gold. Also, don’t forget to check out a special presentation with the aquarium’s mascot, Deepo, where you can learn more about being “green.” Sat., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Georgia Aquarium, Free with admission and for annual pass members. All ages. Event details. 

Pajama Day at Zoo Atlanta
No need to get out of bed and get dressed, it’s Pajama Day at the Zoo! Children (ages 11 and under) wearing pajamas will receive $3 off general admission. Enjoy fun pajama-related games, storytimes and activities like the doughnut chomp, pillowcase races, as well as fun crafts like a make your own cereal necklace or beauty sleep mask station. Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Zoo Atlanta, Free with admission and for members. All ages. Event details.

Meet the Holidays: Purim
Join the Imaginators to celebrate the most joyous Jewish holiday of the year. The holiday is celebrated by eating triangular shaped pastries, dressing up in the costumes of Queen Esther, Haman and King Ahasheuerus, having parades and playing with noisemakers. Listen to the story It’s Purim Time! by Latifa Berry Kropf and then make a Tzedukah (Charity Box). Sat., 12 & 3 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m., The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Free with admission and for members. All ages. Event details.

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–Phebe Wahl

Photo courtesy of the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade via Facebook