Happy Mother’s Day, mamas! We didn’t get you flowers, but below you’ll find a bouquet of beautiful ways to spend time with the ones who turned you into the rockstars you are today. Keep reading for the inside scoop on this weekend’s best ways to play.

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Art Fest
Give mom (or treat yourself to) “Arts from the Heart” for Mother’s Day from the Chastain Park Spring Arts & Crafts Festival! The award-winning,two-day festival will be held in Atlanta’s beautiful Chastain Park featuring two days of art and activities sure to delight Mom and the entire family. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Lantern Parade
Let your light shine in the Decatur Lantern Parade through the streets of downtown Decatur. Whether you make your own lantern at home (battery powered only, please!) or hit a lantern-making workshop in advance, you won’t regret letting the kids stay up late for this one. Fri. Event details.


Design Club Days at MODA
Head to the Museum of Design Atlanta for free admission and to participate in design and STEAM activities that are fun and educational. Design Club Day (formerly Family Free Day) is free, but register in advance to ensure there are enough supplies for everyone! Sun. Event details.

Harold and the Purple Crayon at Center for Puppetry Arts
Based on the books by Crockett Johnson, this delightful story shows what might be achieved with a lot of imagination, and a touch of purple crayon. Stay after the show to make a puppet (included in your price of admission), and check out the World of Puppetry Museum, while you’re there. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Toddler Takeover at Woodruff Arts Center
This one-of-a-kind experience developed for children from birth through 5 years old will feature international theatre for the very young performances from South Korea, UK and Australia, performances of the Kathy and Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young, infant and toddler tours, art-making at the High Museum of Art, performances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and much more. Sat. Event details.

Old Fourth Ward

Family Pickup Soccer
All ages and genders, families and friends are welcome to participate in this open pickup session! It’s a relaxed and fun game, so go have a ball playing weekend soccer. There is no charge for this event, but join the event to reserve your spot, and check for location updates hereSun. Event details.

Kids Caribbean Carnival
Enjoy a steel band, caribbean flavors, a parade, and much more at this portion of the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, just for kids. Sat. Event details. 

Free Skateboarding Class for Beginners
Join expert instructors during this one hour skateboarding class for beginners, covering topics such as: how to turn, how to drop in, and basic tricks. Please bring your own equipment, if possible. Extra boards may be available to those who are unable to provide their own. All classes are weather permitting! Sat. Event details.


Indian Fest and Powwow
Chief, gather your tribe and head to the Cherokee County Indian Festival and Mother’s Day Powow, which will include a Native American dance competition, warriors on horseback, live American bison, Native American food, tipis, wigwams, train rides, and plenty of other kid’s activities. Sat. Event details.


Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series
The Brooke Street Park Summer Concert Series brings music and fun to life, Saturdays from May to September. Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy free, live, family-friendly performances by different Alpharetta based entertainment groups. Click here for a list of upcoming events. Sat. Event details

The Rock

Flower and Butterfly Festival
Bring your own vase, cut your own flowers, visit a butterfly house and hand feed them. Experience a beautiful butterfly release, and the best news? Moms enjoy free homemade ice cream. Sat. Event details.

—Shelley Massey